Like any racer, a road bike is always a study in compromise. Strength gets sacrificed to reduce weight, but you can’t cut too much strength or the bike will fall apart. Similarly, an aggressively low riding position means you have lower wind resistance and better speed, but acceleration and uphill power have to be sacrificed. There is always a trade somewhere … but what if you didn’t have to trade one thing for another? That’s where Cannondale’s new CERV comes in, promising to be a bike that adjusts its geometry to respond to straights, hills, and more – so the rider doesn’t have to.
Cannondale’s new CERV concept (Continuously Ergonomic Race Vehicle) was developed as a working prototype by Ohio-based Priority Designs. The design had to allow the handlebars to move up and down without altering the distance from the bike seat to the crank, maximizing rider comfort and muscle efficiency. Priority’s answer was a triangular frame with 100 mm of vertical travel in relation to the front end’s 85 mm of travel.
You can get a better sense of how the CERV works, below.
As a child who grew up with GoBots and Transformers in the 80s and (formerly) avid cyclist, I have to admit I love the thing. No word yet, though, on whether Cannondale’s new CERV transforming bike will make it to market, but make no mistake: it will be expensive.
Expensive is no big deal, though, to have a slice of the future of the Tour de France in your garage. For now, we can only hope (as Gizmodo does) that Cannondale can “convince people to abandon long-trusted mantras of bicycle design in favor of a revolution”.
Revolutions are cool.
Source: Cannondale, via Gizmodo.