Above on the page there are several PDF Manuals for CANNONDALE Motorcycles.
In 1971, Joe Montgomery, Jim Catrambone and Ron Davis founded Cannondale in Bethel, Connecticut.
They originally made camping gear and cycling accessories, building a loyal following throughout the seventies.
In 1983 they went into the production of their own bicycles, and over the next fifteen years became one of the leading manufacturers, specializing in advanced bicycles with an aluminum frame for off-roading.
And in 1998, Cannondale decided to take on the daunting task of producing an all-new motocross motorcycle.
Drawing on the extensive knowledge of the company's engineers in the construction of an aluminum frame, the decision was made to equip the motorcycle with the most modern lightweight frame.
To develop the engine, Cannondale contracted the renowned Swedish firm Folan to develop a groundbreaking engine design incorporating high-quality features such as fuel injection, electric starting and a quick-change cassette transmission.
If the bike could live up to all the promises of its ultra-modern design, it would be a revolution.
In the end, their ambitious project turned into a very instructive story of how not to do it.
In January 2003, Cannondale filed for bankruptcy, selling its assets to major creditors CIT / Business Credit and Pegasus Partners II.
It stopped making motorcycles and laid off all employees. It was odd that the owners of ATK had acquired the rights to the engine, mainly for the parts business and for use in any of their future motorcycles.
Cannondale reported losses of $ 46,600,000 in the Motorcycle & ATV division, reporting 11 consecutive quarterly losses.
Cannondale's share price on the Nasdaq fell 83 percent in the year before the filing.
In the end, the loss of motorcycle direction brought the whole company down.
Despite this, Cannondale's bike division survived but was taken over entirely.