Close Up! All New 2012 Cannondale Slice Triathlon Bike

2012 Cannondale Slice RS prototype triathlon bike ridden by Michael Weiss at Kona Ironman World Championships

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…

2012 Cannondale Slice RS prototype triathlon bike ridden by Michael Weiss at Kona Ironman World Championships

Frontal profile is positively minimal, with the entire leading edge as one piece from dropouts up to the stem.

2012 Cannondale Slice RS prototype triathlon bike ridden by Michael Weiss at Kona Ironman World Championships

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…

2012 Cannondale Slice RS prototype with full internal cable routing

…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!

2012 Cannondale Slice RS prototype triathlon bike ridden by Michael Weiss at Kona Ironman World Championships

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.

 

  • Chuck

    It's a nice entry from Cannondale, but like I said on BR what I really want to see are some Tri specific frame builders drawing inspiration from the 90s that thumb their noses at the UCI, and build bikes uniquely aero. Not bikes that conform to UCI BS. The non-double diamond rule is great for group racing, but for individual events, let the athletes choose what they want. I really like following TJ Tollakson for that exact reason. I maintain hope that Kestrel goes one further than the Airfoil and really puts out a modern frame with Obree inspired geometry.

  • Edu

    This bike is UCI legal as it is. It was ridden by Nibali during 2011 Giro

  • Eye

    The seat post looks ridiculous. I like the brakes and the overall screw-the-UCI concept.

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