BallisTec is Cannondale's proprietary method of high-strength, high-stiffness carbon construction. It is the ideal blend of the most advanced materials in the world combined with the most advanced carbon engineering and design. The results speak for themselves. In mountain bikes, it lets us build exceptionally strong, light bikes like the F-series, OverMountain and Scalpel lines. On the road, it enables us to push the boundaries of light weight while tightly controlling the frame's overall stiffness and rider feel on the bikes like the SuperSix EVO, SuperX and Synapse.
It starts with a base structure composed of ultra-strong fibers originally created by the military for ballistic armoring, and high-strength, high-impact resins similar to what is used in the construction of carbon baseball bats; light, stiff and designed to endure thousands of cycles. We combine these fibers and this resin in a lay-up designed to maximize the anisotropic (direction-specific) qualities of the fibers in a carbon structure that is extremely light, extremely stiff and capable of withstanding high loads without damage or loss of structural integrity. This enables the frame to pass all of our extremely tough destructive and fatigue testing. To tune the overall stiffness and ride-feel of the frame, we strategically add the stiffer, but more brittle higher modulus fibers throughout the frame. This allows us to precisely tune in different amounts of stiffness and deflection at different points throughout the frame, creating an unbelievably balanced and nuanced ride.
There are two different levels of BallisTec Carbon Construction:
- On the Hi-Mod frames, we use the same base structure, but a sophisticated mix of high and ultra-high modulus fibers are used to create the stiffening network. Due to their extreme rigidity, we can gain tremendous stiffness with less material, which keeps the overall structure weight to a minimum.
- The same structure, lay-up and shapes as the Hi-MOD versions but the stiffness and ride feel are dialed in with a higher percentage of intermediate-modulus fibers. This additional material adds a slight amount of weight but enables us to offer BallisTec technology to more riders.