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Cannondale 2 shock downhill bike confirmed in this official video

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Some of the most recent Cannondale bikes are starting to look a little sensible, thankfully they’ve come out with this 2 shock downhill bike to prove they still have all the crazy left in them.

Cannondale has always’s been one to release innovative suspension products. If it wasn’t the Headshock, it was the Lefty, and that’s not to mention the Cannondale Fulcrom DH bike from 1998!

Recent Cannondale bikes, like the modern Jekyll and new Habit though, have lost the eccentric flair of those old Cannondale suspension designs, so imagine how excited we were when we saw this Cannondale downhill bike with 2 shocks!

Regular Singletrack readers and those of you who watch our weekly Newsdesk segments will have already heard plenty of rumours about Cannondale’s 2 shock bike, but this official video makes it… well…. official.

The video goes into a little detail as to why Cannondale has adopted the 2 shock design, and it also mentions the fact the frame can be set up using various configurations to get the best from the rear suspension.

Although this unnamed prototype downhill bike can be set up with a single shock, it can also be set up with an individual damper and standalone spring. In the video, we get to see the bike set up firstly with a single shock then with a damper in the downtube setting and shock above it.

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Spring at the top has various positions for progression.

We’re told that with the damper in this lower position, Cannondale engineers are able to tune the damper with a more linear path while allowing the spring to follow a different kinematic. There are also different spring location options that have an effect on spring progression but not on the damper.

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Damper underneath can be tuned independently of spring progression.

Obviously, this is only the tip of what can be experimented with the new dual shock Cannondale platform. A separate damper and coil spring is one option, but what about a damper and separate air spring? What happens if you run the damper above and the spring below? Could 2 separate shocks be tuned to handle different stages of compression and rebound? The possibilities are pretty exciting.

Chances are we will see the 2 shock Cannondale downhill bike at a few rounds of the Downhill WC and rumour has it that Josh Bryceland might enter a race or two, although we’re unsure he has the UCI points to enter a WC event.

Keep posted to for more downhill tech stories.

Andi is a gadget guru and mountain biker who has lived and ridden bikes in China and Spain before settling down in the Peak District to become Singletrack's social media expert. He is definitely more big travel fun than XC sufferer but his bike collection does include some rare hardtails - He's a collector and curator as well as a rider. Theory and practice in perfect balance with his inner chi, or something. As well as living life based on what he last read in a fortune cookie Andi likes nothing better than riding big travel bikes.

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