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    Cannondale?? What Cannondale is this?

    Hey BF members!

    I'm new to posting on the forum but have been reading posts for awhile now!

    I'm buying a new commuter bike today and was wondering if anyone can help me identify the bike here

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    I know its a cannondale.. but cant tell year and model.. it looks like a CAAD8 frame to me.. maybe an older CAAD3 but I cant quite place it.

    Any help much appreciated!!

    Thanks all
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    Looks like a 1984-85 SR400. Does the headbadge decal look like a house (train depot actually) with Cannonade printed diagonally along the roof?

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    I would agree with the above, probably an SR400. Nice bike, but not a great commuter IMHO; no room for wider tires, fenders, nor are there rack mounts.
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    I think an 86 SR frame, likely a 400. Hard to tell without a drive side pic and description of components.
    A great commuter if your commute is like a hard, fast ride in good weather and smooth-ish roads.
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    sotu, It's probably an '85 SR300, a great bike, but not a first pick as a commuter. Tire size is most likely limited to a maximum of 25 mm and while a rear rack can be mounted, it would require P clips which I'm not a fan of.

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    Corrected model
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    Oh but if you are looking for TT blazing, hill climbing, hard accelerating BEAST.....this is a good one to ride.
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    Look at the serial number, then use the resource here to identify the bicycle. Vintage Cannondale - Information and Help. Its definitely not a CAAD8, the other suggestions are much closer to the real year. The 86 year seem closest to me, no 400 level in the 85 models according to their catalogs, and the SR400 in 86 wasn't offered in black. The SR300 was available in black in 1985, though. Great responsive ride, but not a true commuter. Personally I'd love to own it after these years of missing my old SR300, 1991.

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    Thanks everyone! Amazing responses. I'll see the bike tonight! I commute in San Francisco.. so basically lots of hills, but pretty smooth road riding all around and pretty good weather (not a ton of rain lately haha) I'm seeing the bike tonight and will now check it for the head badge and serial number. Will update if I buy the bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    Look at the serial number, then use the resource here to identify the bicycle. Vintage Cannondale - Information and Help. Its definitely not a CAAD8, the other suggestions are much closer to the real year. The 86 year seem closest to me, no 400 level in the 85 models according to their catalogs, and the SR400 in 86 wasn't offered in black. The SR300 was available in black in 1985, though. Great responsive ride, but not a true commuter. Personally I'd love to own it after these years of missing my old SR300, 1991.

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    I fixed my post to show SR300, I guess 400 was just stuck in my head.

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    Brad,
    No problems from me about your reply, I hadn't thought about which model you had suggested. I was switching back and forth, between tabs, to look at the Vintage Cannondale site's catalogs. No idea if am correct without knowing the serial number of his probable new ride. I'll be waiting for his update after he goes to see the bike, that should be interesting to know.

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    I met the bike owner today after a ride on the local public transit and had a chance to see the bike in person.

    The folks here helping me figure out what it was were correct, it was an SR300 Cannondale 1985.

    Unfortunately, the bike was in pretty rough shape. I'm not an expert on bike parts and what not, but this thing seemed left out in the rain a bit and rusted over quite a bit. Shifting was clunky, lots of rust on gears, breaks needed tightening. Couldn't squeeze the rear break at all. I know some of this could probably be fixed with some TLC but it was also too small for me. I'm 5'11" and it was a 54cm frame. I probably would have picked it up if it fit well but I felt hunched/cramped on the frame.

    I LOVED the bike though.. I'd absolutely love to buy an older cannondale like this, in black, that's my size.. just need to try and find one (hunting Ebay and Craigslist now).

    Thanks to everyone who commented!!

    PS, owner wanted 399.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sotu View Post
    I met the bike owner today after a ride on the local public transit and had a chance to see the bike in person.

    The folks here helping me figure out what it was were correct, it was an SR300 Cannondale 1985.

    Unfortunately, the bike was in pretty rough shape. I'm not an expert on bike parts and what not, but this thing seemed left out in the rain a bit and rusted over quite a bit. Shifting was clunky, lots of rust on gears, breaks needed tightening. Couldn't squeeze the rear break at all. I know some of this could probably be fixed with some TLC but it was also too small for me. I'm 5'11" and it was a 54cm frame. I probably would have picked it up if it fit well but I felt hunched/cramped on the frame.

    I LOVED the bike though.. I'd absolutely love to buy an older cannondale like this, in black, that's my size.. just need to try and find one (hunting Ebay and Craigslist now).

    Thanks to everyone who commented!!

    PS, owner wanted 399.
    Good job on passing on that one. The old Cannondales are great, but I would expect that one to be in excellent condition to be worth close to 399.
    Last edited by turky lurkey; 11-13-14 at 10:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sotu View Post
    I met the bike owner today after a ride on the local public transit and had a chance to see the bike in person.

    The folks here helping me figure out what it was were correct, it was an SR300 Cannondale 1985.

    Unfortunately, the bike was in pretty rough shape. I'm not an expert on bike parts and what not, but this thing seemed left out in the rain a bit and rusted over quite a bit. Shifting was clunky, lots of rust on gears, breaks needed tightening. Couldn't squeeze the rear break at all. I know some of this could probably be fixed with some TLC but it was also too small for me. I'm 5'11" and it was a 54cm frame. I probably would have picked it up if it fit well but I felt hunched/cramped on the frame.

    I LOVED the bike though.. I'd absolutely love to buy an older cannondale like this, in black, that's my size.. just need to try and find one (hunting Ebay and Craigslist now).

    Thanks to everyone who commented!!

    PS, owner wanted 399.
    I agree, good job on passing that one. It's a shame to hear of the neglected condition. Cannondale road bikes are a blast to ride. I have a Criterium Series that is my main ride. And they will command a bit of a premium when you find one. Keep looking, lots of good deals to be found in the off season.
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    I am wondering? Are the C'dale racing frames from 85-88 all the the same? Is a 300 frame not the exact same as the higher models for a given year and subsequent years?
    I know the cable guides change to plastic at one point, but are not the specs the same otherwise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by embankmentlb View Post
    I am wondering? Are the C'dale racing frames from 85-88 all the the same? Is a 300 frame not the exact same as the higher models for a given year and subsequent years?
    I know the cable guides change to plastic at one point, but are not the specs the same otherwise?
    '85-'86 were the same, road race geometry.
    '87 models featured both road race and crit geometry, bottom two models, SR 400 and 500, were road race.
    '88 were all criterium geometry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by embankmentlb View Post
    I am wondering? Are the C'dale racing frames from 85-88 all the the same? Is a 300 frame not the exact same as the higher models for a given year and subsequent years?
    I know the cable guides change to plastic at one point, but are not the specs the same otherwise?
    Knowing that I wouldnt be able to snag a CL or local Black Lightning due to rarity, high demand and cost I decided to build up a Criterium Series frame, painted it black with a blackout theme and put racing wheels on it. Probably rides better and 2Lbs lighter. And that is a benefit to the design, many models shared the same frames.

    Here is the finished product:

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
    Knowing that I wouldnt be able to snag a CL or local Black Lightning due to rarity, high demand and cost I decided to build up a Criterium Series frame, painted it black with a blackout theme and put racing wheels on it. Probably rides better and 2Lbs lighter. And that is a benefit to the design, many models shared the same frames.

    Here is the finished product:

    That's a great looking bike! I love the black frame/shape - I'm expecting to paint the bike I end up with because I want a clean black on mine as well. Out of curiosity, how'd you go about painting this? Typical power coating?

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    c'dale.jpg This 87 started life out as a Team Comp. Is that an SR 400?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sotu View Post
    That's a great looking bike! I love the black frame/shape - I'm expecting to paint the bike I end up with because I want a clean black on mine as well. Out of curiosity, how'd you go about painting this? Typical power coating?
    Thanx!
    Hand sanded and acrylic lacquer paint (gold metallic). Should last me several years since lacquer is super simple touch up. Just found a local powdercoat place and may have it done. Though I enjoy my 531 framed Trek racer this Crit bike has me captivated by the ride, simply exhillerating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by embankmentlb View Post
    This 87 started life out as a Team Comp. Is that an SR 400?
    Yes. I would have loved to have found one.

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