Native Bike Chop’s nu-retro refurbished 2012 Cannondale F29
Daniel Manfredsson is an industrial designer primarily based in Stockholm with an inarguably impeccable style in bikes and a aptitude for imagining truly wild concepts for the bikes of the future.
Taking his ideas out of the digital realm, Manfredsson’s (née Gunnarsson) newest challenge sees his imaginative and prescient dedicated to carbon, renovating a 2012 Cannondale F29 Carbon to create his “dream bike”.
As we’ve come to count on from Daniel – who can be recognized by his on-line alias, Local Bike Chop – that is no regular ‘neo-retro’ makeover.
He’s gone so far as hacking the body “like a rabid beaver” so as to add inside cable routing, repairing cracked carbon wheels and adorning the bike with a sensational splatter paint-job.
The outcomes communicate for themselves – this actually is a singular bike and it’s a pleasure to see Daniel’s imaginative and prescient come to mild.
Right here, Daniel talks us via why he selected this bike as his dream bike and the way he truly constructed it. There may be some really bonkers stuff in right here, so sit again and take the time to take a look at every gallery.
Being a designer and bike nerd, folks usually suppose I’m most enthusiastic about the most costly or the ‘most stunning’ bikes – however that’s probably not the case. What I actually wish to see is character in a motorbike, and character is commonly not probably the most stunning – however it’s oh so fascinating.
With my bike assortment, I attempt to fill it with bikes that basically have a private connection to me. I additionally like to gather bikes that can, hopefully, irritate some people within the typically very conservative bike group.
Earlier than you have a look at the photographs and suppose ‘what a moron spending all that cash on that bike’, let me clarify – I’m a self-confessed Cannondale fanboy.
My first real mountain bike was a Cannondale F800 some 20 years ago, and I have been riding their bikes since then.
I am drawn to a specific era of Cannondale’s bikes, not necessarily its newest models – just like a Porsche, the new 911 is fantastic, but the air-cooled 964 and older feel purer to the brand’s original concept. Not necessarily better, but purer.
My preferred era revolves around the Flash, F29 and FSI models ranging from roughly 2009–2017. I have owned six of these bikes, right the way from 26in-wheeled bikes to the latest 2017 29er. They all have fantastic carbon frames that, when they were introduced, really pushed the limits of manufacturing as well as low weight.
The beautiful design was an organic evolution of Cannondale’s smooth welded aluminium CAAD frames.
The crazy Cannondale-ness also shines through with the Lefty fork, mad fork-specific headset standards, the BB30 bottom bracket standard, the asymmetry of some components, the SI integrated components and so on.
Similarly, in stark contrast to industry standards of the time, Cannondale retained QR axles and external routing right up to the end of that era because they made for quicker wheel changes and easier servicing.
I believe this era of bikes is truer to Cannondale’s uncompromising ‘we do it our way’ philosophy than its newer bikes – again, they’re not necessarily better but, in my eyes, purer to that concept.
I have never kept a bike stock. Even when I buy a new bike, I see them as examples of how it can be built, but I often find myself tearing the bike apart and building it up with components to my personal tastes.
With this build I wanted to push things a bit – I really wanted to build my dream bike. It is best thought of as the manifestation of a personal love affair with a brand, rather than an attempt at building the ultimate crowd pleaser – if you are a Cannondale nerd like me, you will understand my obsession.
I decided from the beginning to go with SRAM´s wireless AXS shifting system, so I decided to remove all external cable guides and build an internal cable system for the rear brake.
As I was going for a 1x setup, I also removed the front derailleur mount.
This meant a lot of carbon fibre work, covering all the holes I had created in the frame. One key benefit of working with older frames is that the warranty is long gone – I attacked it like a rabid beaver without any anxiety at all.
Once I had the frame smoothed out, I let the painter at one of my local bike shops, Cykelcity Stockholm, go nuts with the paintwork. I really wanted an 80/90s inspired paint job and, for me, that meant there was only one option – splatter paint.
When I choose the components for this bike, I wanted a mix of old and new. I also wanted to pack in as much of the cool stuff I had seen through the years as a Cannondale nerd, but could never previously afford.
Nowadays, these high-end parts don’t cost that much secondhand, and even less if you – like me – buy a cracked and oval-shaped carbon wheelset and then spend hours upon hours on fixing it.
Is this really worth it? Yes. Does buying old pedals then repainting and refurbishing them make sense? In my mind, yes.
Now the build is finally finished, I think I can describe it as ‘nu-retro’ – it is based on a frame from 2012 and the components are a mix of parts from early 2000s to the latest we have today.
The aesthetic expression is very much inspired by 80/90s era mountain bikes, but with a much cleaner overall look with no triple cranksets or front derailleurs. Likewise, the stance is more modern XC race bike.
Despite its nineties influence, I decided to resist going [over the top] with anodized CNC components, although have used a oil slick screws to enrich the colored splatter paint.
I’ve known as this construct ‘Save-a-Dale’ – I wish to encourage folks to maintain these outdated race-bred machines rolling.
Fashionable tendencies apart, these bikes nonetheless have quite a lot of life left in them and with fashionable updates, they’re nonetheless superb to experience.
And once more, when all warranties are lengthy gone… effectively, it’s so a lot simpler to go nuts.
Native Bike Chop’s refurbished nu-retro Cannondale F29 specs
- Body: 2012 Cannondale F29 HiMod BallisTec painted in “white and energy puff puke”
- Fork: Cannondale Lefty XLR Alu 100mm
- Rims: Tune UD carbon, 32h
- Entrance hub: Tune Cannonball
- Rear hub: Carbon Ti X-Hub
- Tyres: Specialised Renegade 2.3in
- Pedals: CODA 500
- Crankset: Cannondale SI
- Chainring: Carbaruk NW 36t
- Derailleur: SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS
- Cassette: SRAM XX1 Eagle 10-50
- Handlebar: USE Final Alu
- Grips: ESI Chunky
- Stem: Leonardi Racing Johnny
- Brakeset: Avid XO carbon with Ashima rotors
- Saddle: Cloth ALM
- Seatpost: Use Final Alu
- Seat clamp: Tune Schraubwürfer
- Bottle cage: Supcuz TiFly Oil slick
- Weight: 18.9lbs/8.57kg