I've always thought the Cannondale ST touring series bikes were absolute grail finds.
Heck, you could sell the BLACK NGC982 cantis alone for probably $300, the Brooks for $100, the Superbe Pro pedals for $100, and still have an epic bike on this one.
If you can find one with the Suntour Superbe Pro components in the rare as hensteeth triple front cage/long cage rear set up, you've just made a Rivendell/Bobish person cry. Why?
Well you have a classic handmade, rather crafted, aluminum frame with a steel 1" Tange fork and old-school headset. However, you have something lighter, stronger, and stiffer than anything ever to have a Rivendell paint job. I love Rivendell bikes. With a Joe Bell paint job they are veritable art bikes.
However, a Rivendell has always been just a blatant boat-anchor ripoff of what Cannondale was building as way back as '85-'86.
Aside from not having a boat anchor steel frame, it was lighter, stiffer at the BB, and had a stronger frame. It was a Bobish cult wetdream before Grant ripped off what this Cannondale was and spent the better part of a decade recrafting these Cannondale ST bikes as his vision.
My '86 ST800 has front and rear racks that are factory painted to match the gorgeous anthracite metallic paint. The Three water bottle cages are also factory painted in this same anthtracite metallic paint. It has a 1" Tange steel fork. The triple Superbe front derailleur, the special for Cannondale Superbe Pro with the long cage, Superbe Pro pedals with clilps/traps, the Sugino AT crankset (since taken off), and the sealed bearing BB. Came with a Brooks saddle (also since taken off), with an American Classic post. Nitto stem, NGC982 cantilever touring brakes in BLACK (yes, you read that correctly)...blah blah blah. The bike is exactly what Grant fell in love with, but it not his vision. Cannondale was building and selling these long before he decided this was a perfect build/spec. I got lucky in that mine actually came with Phil Wood hubs, after a rebuild. Read that all again. Not just fitment for big tires and racks and fenders, it came with the racks. It came with gorgeous fenders. Fits big wide tires. Continental TopTouring2000s were best back in the day with the beautiful German gumwallls. Even OEM finds are usually dryrotted now though.
Well I fell across one of these off of Craigslist:
Much too small for me. Fit on these has nothing to do with standover folks. If you cant ride 90% of the time in the drops on a touring bike, you have the wrong size frame. A classic Cannondale was built in up to 68.5cm (27") sizes. It is all about fitting the highest handlebar position you can comfortably fit without ending up in too long of a top tube.
The best part of these bikes is how unbelievably light they were, yet how ridiculously strong they were as well. Strip all the touring accoutrement off and you can actually do a fast club ride on these bikes. Yes you read that correctly. These were absolutely brilliant, epic bikes.
I've always thought every Cannondale ST deserves to be rebuilt with modern components. Put on classic Campy Racing Triple stuff on one of these and you have something to treasure.
Well someone has one of these for sale with a touring adjustable saddle. Look at the lever next to the Nitto stem. That adjusts either the fore/aft position of the saddle, or the tilt for the Brooks.
I've never seen anything like it. Does anyone know anything about this cool touring seatpost?
[Edit: To the steel is real crowd, don't bother trying to tell me how amazing your beloved steel steed rides. I'd be willing to have your beautiful steel frame sandblasted so that no one could tell whether it was a Cinelli or a Windsor. We'll see if you equally love it still. These aluminum Cannondales are epic not just for their paint (it was decent on the high end bikes) but for what they were and were not. They were strong, and climbed like mountain goats. They were insanely strong frames (no popped lugs here folks) and were incredibly stiff at the BB. You can keep convincing yourself that your boat anchor steel bike is epic. I know better.]