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Old 09-19-08, 09:52 PM   #1
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Help with Craigslist Cannondale

Can anyone please help me identify this Cannondale just going by these small pics. I'm thinking about calling the seller first thing in the morning, but I would like some info ahead of time. Any insight you have might help. I'm just looking for a a recreational road bike for the winter, but I would like something decent.

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http://newhaven.craigslist.org/bik/847794470.html
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Has the cantilever rear dropouts. Cannondale used that frame from about 1992 - 1996. Although I have heard of cracking at the seat stay to chain stay joint, I have never seen one. May be an old wive's tale but take a close look there.

That frame was quite popular with crit racers and is known to be a bit harsh to ride. If it is in good shape, has decent components, and if it fits you, the price seems about market value.
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Frame has the cantilevered dropouts, so it's no earlier than 1989 (I think). Likely the 3.0 frame.

Sticker on the crank is Biopace, so I'll guess it's the mid-range 105 group. I'll guess 1989 SR600, though the color isn't right. You can search the 1989 catalog here: http://www.vintagecannondale.com/year/1989/1989.pdf

Here's the page for all the catalogs: http://www.vintagecannondale.com/catalog.html


Nice solid bike. $200 in good condition is probably a fair market value (I've seen these particular Cannondale models sell higher). But I'd definitely start negotiations low and move up from there.

I rode a similar frame for a while. Light, very stiff (good for climbing) and very responsive. Some think the ride is too harsh, others like it.
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I'm 6'3" and usually ride around a 60cm. It's hard to take a good guess at the frame size with the short wheel base. I guess I'll find out tomorrow.
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Thanks for the help. I'll keep browsing those catalogs.
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I'm 6'3" and usually ride around a 60cm. It's hard to take a good guess at the frame size with the short wheel base. I guess I'll find out tomorrow.
I'll make a wild guess and say it's a 58cm (c-t). Maybe a little small for you, unless you like a big saddle to bar drop.

I'm 6'0". 33" pantleg inseam, 35" riding inseam. This was my 58cm (c-t):


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