The last Cunningham frames that rolled out of Charlie Cunningham's shop were the 'D' Series in about 1993. It's 2013 and after getting some time in on a bigwheel bike of his design and Mike DeSalvo's making, Charlie fired up the welder and went to work. The result is fantastic. Three new Cunningham 29"ers ready for the trails.
Charlie's bikes are very polarizing. Some folks who are used to the look of "stack of dimes" welding are put off by the welding that looks like puddles. To some bike people, components should be smooth and flawless in their appearance. If that's you, stop right here. Don't subject yourself to welding that looks smudged. Parts that have visible file marks. Parts that you won't find on any other bikes.
If you do proceed, you will find a bike(s) that excels at one thing. Trail riding. Plant your butt on the seat. Clip in to the pedals. Grab on to the bars and start pedaling. The entire geometry is designed for each rider. There are modifications to just about every part except maybe the shifters. The bikes are built to ride. The size of the riders are at opposite ends of the spectrum, yet the quality of the ride will be the same for each rider. Nimble, stable, very pedal-able, if that word makes sense.
Well, Charlie, you have certainly outdone yourself. I'd just like to say, if the big one every comes up for sale, I want to be first in line.
The littler one. Stem is adjustable to determine sizing for a custom stem. The owner preferred the lighter, skinnier Bruce Gordon Rock 'n Road tires.
The big one.
Personalized serial number
This seals the rear derailleur housing.
Sculpted dropouts. These are from the last production in the early '90s.
Front derailleur cable routing.
Steering limiter so the bars don't swing around during a crash and cause damage to the brake as it makes contact with the down tube.
Keeps the muck off the rear brake
Rear derailleur cable routing
Extra-wide front hub
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