I have been lusting for this bike, since 2006. But, I was NOT going to pay full retail for one. Finding one used - was even a challenge....and eBay was asking top-dollar for all of them. Fast-forward to 2012: I finally find a project frame/fork/stem/bars, here on Bike Forums, for $130/shipped. As you can see - the 2001 CAAD4 frameset was in rough shape, cosmetically. The Ultra Fatty Headshok DL fork and headset were frozen-solid with rust. Once I received the package, the fork was sent to Mendon Cyclesmith, in NY for a full rebuild. Craig literally brought back this fork from the dead - as two Cannondale-Authorized LBS refused to even touch it. In fact, the fork now works like NEW.
I considered stripping and powdercoating the 6000-Series butted alloy frame - but feared the high-heat PC process may compromise the integrity of the T6 annealing of the frame. Due to cost - I decided not to go with a Auto body shop paint job. The decals and logos actually appeared ok - so, I simply masked them all off, roughed-up the existing Dupont Imron paint and gave the frame six light coats of ceramic automotive engine enamel. I then baked the enamel under low heat(below 200deg F) for four hours and let the entire frame air cure in the sun, for nine days. Once the fork arrived - I touched-up the scratches and nicks with Revlon Black Star nail enamel....which matched the OEM finish perfectly. The end result is more like 95% of the original finish and appearance now.
Here is the frameset received as-is:
It was a challenge trying to find hard-to-source, vintage Cannondale parts. I was only able to find the original:
- Cannondale Competition 27.2x350mm seatpost
- Cannondale machined seatclamp(that was nearly IMPOSSIBLE to locate!)
- Cannondale Fire 620x25.4mm bars(original was bent)
The original Magura Julie hydraulic disc brakes were leaking(hence paint peeling, at rear dropout)....so I replaced them with my own Magura Marta SL brakeset. In fact, the remaining parts were all scavenged from my full-suspension 26" race bike. The 46-36 Cyclocross crankset was carried-over from a botched 'Cross project that never materialized. Yet, the end result is far better than Cannondale could ever spec: a sub-20 pound Sport Hybrid rocket (19.87pounds/9.1kg). With the custom-built, 1380-gram Velocity Blunt SL/American Classic/DT Swiss Super Competition-spoked 29er wheelset - its so quick and nimble, it keeps all my Synapses firing on overdrive. The 24mm wide wheels and 700x25c Vittoria Rubino Pro III tires has a creamy ride, similar to a full Tubular and makes this beast corner like a Ducati Monster. Every single bolt was replaced with new Titanium hardware. I now have a bike I can just grab and go, anywhere, anytime. I no longer have to use my expensive, 15-pound road race bike....just to ride with my girlfriend along the beach Boardwalk, or at Burning Man. Best of all - the ONLY carbon on this entire bike.....are the German Magura Marta SL levers and Fizik Gobi ICS saddle shell!!!
Wheels: Velocity Blunt SL 29er American Classic disc hubs
Shifters: SRAM X0 9s twist shifters
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X0 9s
Chain: SRAM PC-1091R 10s
Brakes: Magura Marta SL hydraulic disc - 160mm rotors
Cranks: FSA Energy 46-36 10s
Front Derailleur: FSA Energy 10s
Saddle: Fizik Gobi w/ ICS tail light
Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy 4TI
Cassette: Shimano XTR CS-M960 11-34
Bottom Bracket: Shimano XTR BB-9700
Grips: Yeti/ODI Shorty Lock-on
Tires: Vittoria Rubino Pro 3 700c x 25
One LAST question....before you enjoy the remaining photos: what is the ideal lock, or locking methods for this Gothic beauty?