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Made in the USA Gets Oversized, Lighter and Singlespeedier
By Andrew Juskaitis
Building on the success of its single-pivot, light, but burly 2002 Gemini freeride models, Cannondale is adding a third Gemini model for 2003, the Gemini 900 (with Manitou Breakout, Fox Vanilla RC, Hayes HFX-9 w/8″ rotor). This OnePointFive Standard-equipped bomber uses the same frame technology as last year’s Gemini, but takes the entry-level price down from $2,975 last year down to $2,199.The Jekyll line, which offers adjustable full-suspension and all-mountain performance, has also been re-engineered. For ’03, the Jekyll’s maximum rear wheel travel increases from 115 mm to 135mm, and is now compatible with coil-over shocks and OnePointFive forks.
Cannondale’s full-suspension Scalpel x-c racer, has undergone major surgery of its own in 2003. The already light Scalpel comes back 100 grams lighter and with greater lateral rigidity thanks to a lighter and stiffer thermoplastic rear end.
Also new for the dirt-set are a dynamic duo of singlespeeders from Cannondale. Both are named ‘1FG’ (not too hard to read into that one) name built from Cannondale’s new Optimo aluminum tubing which is said to save about 25g per tube over its existing CAAD5 frame. Both feature an eccentric bottom bracket which you might recognize from Cannondale’s tandems The fully rigid singlespeeder comes with a 1 1/8th Fatty rigid fork and V-brakes. It’s available in raw aluminum with a matte lacquer with “street inspired” graphics. The HeadShok equipped model features a 1.5 compatible headtube and Fatty Super Ultra DL HeadShok fork. The HeadShok model is disc only and gets Avid Mechanical. Both bikes feature Continental tires, Mavic rims, TruVativ Stylo crank and 32/16 gearing.