Cannondale's ST 500
In 1983, the Cannondale Company introduced a new bicycle with an aluminum frame. Aluminum bicycles were produced as early as 1890, yet this innovative model was the first to be mass produced. Indeed, the company's advertising slogan was "Aluminum for the masses." This bicycle represented a revolutionary innovation, since most bicycles at the time were made of iron, while aluminum frames, which were more expensive and difficult to produce, were only made by hand.
The advantages of this bicycle were its light weight and larger, stronger tubing. The success of this aluminum bicycle led the large bicycle companies to develop their own aluminum models. Today, these models are highly popular, and aluminum is one of the most widely used materials in the bicycle industry.
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