The Italian charger’s XCO race bike complete with custom paint and some rather special trimmings.
“F-Si stands for ‘Full System Integration’,” Marco Fontana says as he sips a freshly brewed espresso in an otherwise gloomy Albstadt pits. The limited edition neon orange colourway of he and teammate Mani Fumic’s twin hardtails do their best to sear retinas on a cloudy morning.
Cannondale‘s approach with the new race machines sees an attempt to make the whole bike work as a system as opposed to a collection of bits. The frame is designed to accommodate a rear wheel seated to the right by 6mm to allow the rear wheel to mimmic the centre line of the bike. As a result the rear is stiffer and the chainstays shorter both of which aid snap and instant acceleration, crucial in XC racing.
“We’ve changed the offset of the fork. Before, we were running a Lefty that just went straight down,” Marco says. The new 60mm offset and a headangle of 67.5 degrees makes for more ‘trail’ like handling, a bike which is more comfortable at higher speeds. This is perfect for both Marco and Mani’s combative riding styles.