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Has Matt Simmonds Been Spotted on a Prototype Cannondale Downhill Frame in Lousa?

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Has the new Cannondale downhill bike has been spotted again? This time it's not a grainy Instagram story but some footage from Round 3 of the Portugal DH Cup, which is being held on the Lousa World Cup track this weekend.Matt Simmonds is racing the bike and can be seen in the video above a number of times. He is wearing number 105 and we spotted him at 0:05, 5:26, 10:00, 10:52 and 14:24. Screengrabs of the new bike are below:




We're a bit confused here as the shock seems to be in a different position to photos we've seen before. However we recognise the chainstays and downtube from other photos circulating the web. What we can tell is that the bike is using a 29" front wheel, and probably a 29 inch rear wheel too. It has also got a idler pulley on the chain and there seems to be something going on just above the bottom bracket (check out the red speck on the first screengrab).It should be an interesting race with the new Atherton bike being raced for the first time as well as World Cup regulars such as Danny Hart, Phil Atwill, Jack Reading and the Commencal team all putting tyres to dirt. Stay tuned for the results after the weekend.