Cannondale has announced its new dirt jump and pump track bike, which it has called Dave. Cannondale hasn't had a dirt jump bike in its lineup since the Chase back in 2009 - a signature bike for freeride and dirt jumper Aaron Chase. Being the bike sponsors for the prolific 50-01 crew, which consists of Josh Bryceland and his crew of jibbers, it's unsurprising that Cannondale has brought out a new bike designed for "anywhere and everywhere – jump lines, street jibs, skatepark flow, pump-track laps, whatever".
Dave might seem like an odd name for a dirt jump bike but we think it's not a coincidence that Sam Hockenhull, one of the most stylish and progressive riders of the 50-01 gang, has the nickname Dave.
Dave features a Durable SmartForm C3 Alloy frame and has 3/8" Integrated Chain Tensioners for a simple single-speed setup. Cannondale has also taken inspiration from BMX, speccing a threaded BMX Euro bottom bracket shell so strong three-piece BMX cranks can be used. Upfront is a Manitou Circus Expert Air fork with 100mm of travel to cushion any hard landings. Just a rear brake is specced, using a Tektro mechanical disc brake and leaving the cable long so that it can loop around the steerer if you are throwing barspins or tailwhips. As this is a dirt jump bike its uses 26-inch wheels which are fast-rolling Maxxis DTH tires. The rest of the kit comes from Cannondale and co 50-01 sponsors, Fabric.
Cannondale only offers Dave in one size which has a 68.5-degree head tube angle and a reach that measures 436mm. Available in a single Stealth Grey colorway, the bike will retail for $1,150.