Cannondale began manufacturing bicycle frames for road and touring in 1983, with mountain bike frames added 2 years later. Cannondales innovation of oversized, and oval shaped aluminum tubes to increase stiffness quickly became renound in the industry.
Quickly realizing the potential huge weight advantages carbon fibre bikes presented to competitive cyclists, the sports governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale established a “minimum weight” rule of 6.8kg to bikes ridden in all sanctioned events. Seighting the potential danger presented in manufacturers pushing beyond the limits of materials used to make bikes.
Naturally Cannondale were strongly defended the accusation of placing their riders in any sort of danger. Claiming that their riders deserve the distinct advantages that come from many years of hard research and development that rival companies have not yet undertaken.
The triggered one of the most renown advertising campaigns the bicycle industry has ever seen. With the aid of the Saeco Pro Cycling Team, the ‘Legalize my Cannondale’ campaign involved the team gluing weights to the top tubes of their Cannondale Six13 team bikes for the Giro d’italia.
After many years sponsoring Italian Worldtour teams including Saeco, Lampre and Liquigas, Cannondale Pro Cycling Team was presented to the world in Janruary 2013, the first year Cannondale has taken a full title sponsorship of a pro team. Peter Sagan wrapped up the green jersey points competition in the 2013 edition of the Tour de France, and won one stage.
Cannondale Bicycle Corporation’s name was taken from the Cannondale Metro North train station in Wilton, Connecticut.