Suppose you pay a lot of money for a carbon bicycle, whether road or mountain bike. Your feeling tells you that a lot of money = lots of quality, right? Then you start riding but after a while your feel something wrong.
Or suppose you want to buy a bike through Ebay. Can you be sure that what on the surface looks like a gem is really flawless? Or they crash. Or worse, someone you loaned the bike to crashes but doesn’t tell you. How do you know the frame is still sound? The same applies after tightening the roof-rack clamp of derailleur clamp too tightly. On the surface, everything is OK but in reality the part is broken and only lasts a couple of days.
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It was in late 1996 when Saeco, international maker of pump-driven espresso and cappuccino machines, engaged Cannondale to sponsor its Italian-based Team Saeco professional cycling team. Cannondale became the first U.S. bicycle maker to supply frames under its own name to a European professional team.
The 1997 cycling season became very special for Cannondale. Mario Cipollini won five stages in the Giro d’Italia, and also won two stages at the Tour de France where he also wore the yellow leader’s jersey for four days. And from there...the rest is part of cycling history.
Don't expect to see this anymore now that production has moved to Asia