The Cannondale Dutchess is the graduation project of Wytze van Mansum in assignment of bicycle manufacturer Cannondale. Van Mansum is a former student of the Delft University of Technology TU Delft and currently working as a freelance Product Designer.
Dutchess refers to the typical Old Dutch bicycle, the Omafiets, but integrates its form elements in an innovative way. The eye-catching, organic shaped, arch connects the whole bicycle from handlebars to taillight both structurally and visually. I really like the adjustable handlebars, which allow you to ride in different positions – from upright to extremely sportive – and they can be folded together for easy storage. The design of the integrated transmission is great from a visual and technical point of view.
Loyal to the Cannondale philosophy the weight of the complete bicycle is kept under the 14kg by the integration of parts and functions. Wow!
What a pity the Cannondale Dutchess is a concept bicycle and not yet in production; it would have been a great bike for my girlfriend!