The sale of Cannondale and Sugoi is nearly complete. Who's buying them? Dorel, a Canadian furniture and stroller company. Would it be mean to say that Cannondale's mountain bikes are a perfect fit for Dorel's other offerings? Probably. I know at least one credible and authentically cool dood who swears by Hed-Shok forks. (Hiya, Hollywood! Where's my State CX schwag?)
Still, I couldn't help noticing this reference in a Canadian news story about the deal:
The deal fits with Dorel's goal of building its bicycle and juvenile segments while stabilizing its shakier furniture business, he said.
I read the words "stabilize" and "shaky," and all I can think about is the Cannondale Scalpel. That bike featured a really lame plastic rear triangle ( I kid not), which made the bike handle a bit like you'd expect: like a hook-and-ladder firetruck with steering wheels on both ends. Let's just say that a rear-end that loose belongs on the dance floor, not the singletrack.
Still, you gotta respect the history of the once-proud bike manufacturer. Before going into bankruptcy right around the time they introduced the Scalpel, Cannondale was publicly owned. Do you know what their stock ticker symbol was?
As usual, a fistful of PFN fender stickers for correct answers in the comments. Alternatively, convince me of one good thing -- anything -- about the Scalpel. (The Lefty? Don't waste your breath.)
P.S. Don't hassle me about the roadbikes, though. I know, I know, they're tight.
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