Whilst im a steel man at heart. Purely due to the fact, i love the simplicity, clean lines, and ride feel of a steel bike.
I enjoy the differences of aluminium bikes too....!!!!
Cannondale ...."originally" a small company, grew to become a a much bigger manufacturer continuously able to build handbuilt american aluminium bikes.
They always pushed the envelope, When it came to research/development and design....look at the raven..(not a favorite of mine personally) a skeleton frame with carbon fibre...???, this is just one example of how a company, tried to move forward with bicycle innovation, whilst still manufacturing by hand and in the United States of America.
And by not going to the far east......they kept there quailty control in house. There work force commanded higher labour rates, than in the far east, but american jobs were safe.
They developed the headshok, lefty, coda ranges, not only to offer an alternative solution, but also to reduce the strangle hold, that the other big component suppliers (like Shimano/Rockshox etc) have over bicycle manufacturers, thus pricing the handbuild manufacturers out of the market......and inevitably toward far east suppliers.
Sadly there attemped into moto x bikes did"nt help there demise....in 2002, now the real money men are heading up the company, some call them now..... a shadow of there former selves, Frames made in the far east, components bought in, (shimano rockshox etc), and a very small portion bearing the handmade in america decal.
But they tried, and held out for a very long time...