MOMBAT: Cannondale Bicycles History

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Cannondale S Series 440

Joe Montgomery starts Cannondale at the Cannondale train station in Wilton, Connecticut. The company’s initial product is the Bugger, the world’s first bicycle-towed trailer. A rolling backpack, the Bugger rides on an angle (not unlike the pack it replaces) and transfers all excess weight directly to the road by its own tires.

No weight is added to the bicycle itself.


The Bugger is carefully designed and tested to bring you a whole new world of pleasure and convenience. As a shopping cart, golf cart, camping pack, or picnic toter, behind your bicycle, or walking, its uses are endless. – from Bugger sales literature, 1972.


The Cannondale Corporation manufactures sophisticated backpacking and bicycling equipment for the serious sportsman. Each product is designed to function better and last longer. Their materials used have been chosen for long-term, high-stress performance, regardless of price. – from our 1973 catalog.

Here is a remarkable pack designed by and for the serious backpack and cross-country ski enthusiast. Its unique design incorporates only the best qualities of existing packs plus some revolutionary new features. – from our 1973 catalog.


Almost daily during warm weather, Cannondale receives dramatic testimonials on the Bugger’s incredible bike packing ability. A 19-year-old boy averaged 90 miles a day from Oakville, Ontario, to Los Angeles with more than 60 lbs. of gear in his Bugger. A 60-year-old man regularly makes the trip from Washington to California with 65 lbs. aboard.

The Cannondale Bugger is being used and acclaimed nationally as the scientific answer to bike packing.


Cannondale receives design patent #3,903,944 for a fabric utility bag.


Cannondale bike packs have now logged millions of satisfied customer miles all over the world. Innovative design firsts and quality craftsmanship have made them the number one choice. – from our 1976 catalog.


Cannondale’s Bedford, Pennsylvania, factory opens in a refurbished truck terminal. Total work force: seven.


Our Winans’ Camel packs combine the best features of external frame packs (large capacity with frame-supported platforms for carrying additional gear) with the comfort and trimness of an internal frame design. a philosophy that we’ve believed in throughout our six years of pack development. – from our 1978 catalog.


We are often surprised by the accomplishments of our customers. Our gear has accompanied expeditionary groups to some of the world’s most remote places. We believe that our products will genuinely contribute to the pleasure of your outdoor travel experiences be you a novice or an expert. they will do what we claim and more. – from our 1979 catalog.


Cannondale S Series 440
Cannondale S Series 440

Our bags are modified mummies. They are roomy, yet heat efficient. The outer shells are 1.9 oz. rip stop nylon. The inner shells are soft, high count nylon taffeta. These fabrics are water-repellant yet breathable.

They are filled with Hollofil II insulation by Dupont. – from our 1980 catalog. Our years of extensive research have led to several innovative patents, which not only improve pack function, but also provide a margin of safety for both the rider and the load. – from our 1980 catalog.


Cannondale cycling gloves are handmade in Pennsylvania. We hand-crochet our 100% cotton back to precise patterns which assure the fit you want. – from our 1981 catalog. The Cannondale water bottle is like no other.

It is safer and more convenient than any water bottle you have ever used. Don’t fight a cage or align a dovetail! Simply place the Velcro loop covered bottle on the Velcro hook covered base. – from our 1981 catalog.


Cannondale cycling-specific apparel is introduced. While primarily designed to carry children, the Bugger III can accommodate your groceries, camping gear, picnic baskets, or whatever you choose to put in it. It’s built to give you and everyone in your family a lifetime of use.


The ST500, Cannondale’s first bicycle, debuts. Its TIG-welded frame with oversized aluminum tubes ushers in a revolution in alternative frame materials. TIG welding is a sophisticated process using an electrical arc shielded by inert gas that makes clean, strong aluminum welds. Our large diameter aluminum alloy tubing is precisely mitered, securely and accurately jigged, and TIG welded by trained craftsmen.

Welding disrupts the proper distribution of the alloying elements needed to keep an aluminum alloy at its maximum strength. To return the strength lost through welding, our aluminum alloy frames are solution heat treated at a high temperature, rapidly cooled in a quench bath. The Aluminum Bicycle by Cannondale. At Cannondale, we have recognized the need for a high-performance Sport/ Touring bicycle.

Now we have met this need with a bicycle that represents our years of experience as leaders in the bicycling industry.

Cannondale S Series 440
Cannondale S Series 440
Cannondale S Series 440
Cannondale S Series 440
Cannondale S Series 440
Cannondale S Series 440

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