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CANNONDALE x Mike Giant Graffiti Bike – Charity Auction For Bahati Foundation

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Champions are not birthrights, but are made through the course of life. Take cyclist Rahsaan Bahati, a relentless pursuer in the sport of criterium, a short track race, who brought home some 80 wins, including 2008 National Pro Criterium Champion. Growing up in crime-ridden neighborhood of Compton, California, where exposure to violence, drugs, and illicit temptation was the norm, Bahati was on his way to become another crime statistic had it not been an intervention by his 7th grade teacher and parents. A way to dissipate his pented-up energy, Bahati’s father introduced him to world of velodrome and the youngster never looked back. As an avenue to give back to those in under-served communities, many from the same Compton neighborhood, Bahati established the Bahati Foundation to empower inner-city youth through education, guidance, music and finally, cycling.

{art of its fund raising effort for Bahati Foundation, bike manufacturer CANNONDALE, in conjunction with graffiti and tattoo artist Mike Giant, designed the CANNONDALE x Mike Giant Graffiti Bike. Limited as one-of-a-kind and based on CANNONDALE SuperSix HI MOD frame/fork, 54cm, the bike is equipped with custom Shimano Dura Ace carbon wheels at 50mm, a PRO Vibe 7S seat post with Fizik Aliante saddle, and Shimano Di2 drive train. Currently taking part in Bahati Foundation Charity Auction on eBay, the bike will be awarded to the winning bidder on May 23rd, 2010, on the final day of the AMGEN Tour of California. As with all CANNONDALE charity project, 100% of the proceeds will go to Bahati Foundation’s GIVEBACK Programs. To bid of the bike, click here

Frame/Fork – SuperSix HI MOD

Drivetrain – Shimano Di2

Wheels – Shimano Dura Ace carbon 50mm (with custom Mike Giant Bahati decals)

Handlebars – PRO Vibe 7S

Stem/Seatpost – PRO Vibe

Saddle – Fizik Aliante

Tires – Continental Grand Prix 4000