We spotted an early prototype of the Cannondale Slice over on Bikerumor, then it showed up under Michael Weiss at Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI. His race bike is shown in these photos courtesy of our friends over at 3GO Magazine (thanks guys!).
We talked to Cannondale to get the scoop, but they’re being fairly mum on details as this is still a prototype that’ll see changes before production. The official launch is planned for spring 2012. That said, we do have some info and lots more photos after the break…
Frontal profile is positively minimal, with the entire leading edge as one piece from dropouts up to the stem.
The front brake is integrated into the back of the fork. Notice there’s no noodle coming out from the sides? They pull from the center…
…with fully internal cables. All of the shift and brake cables come straight out of the handlebars and into a unique stem cap. This solution keeps them hidden behind the elbows pads and out of the wind for one of the cleanest executions we’ve seen. This could also make for a very tidy Di2 install!
The fairing behind the seat post section looks like it might violate the UCI’s 3:1 ruling, meaning there might be some tweaks necessary to make it legal for time trial racing in some circumstances, but for triathlon, thankfully, anything goes. For that matter, the headtube is well outside that ratio, too, but it seems the major manufacturers are coming ’round to making bikes specifically for triathlon without regard to the UCI’s restrictions.
We’ll update as we get more info, and look for a full run down in the Kona recap edition of 3GO coming soon.
Cannondale also sponsors women’s IMWC winner Chrissie Wellington, but they said she didn’t want to change bikes just before the big race. Look for her to be training on it this winter and racing it all next year.