Originally Posted by Coldow91
I have Cannondale SM400 mountain bike that I want to make into a touring bike, and take a bunch of trips on. The bike is steel and pretty much bombproof as far as I can tell. the frame and components seem to be in great shape and have been beautifully taken care of. I want to put drops on the bike and some bar end shifters on....I just want to make sure that I can do this. it has cantilever brakes and thumb shifters on it now. so I am just checking that I can use bar end shifters.
The bike already has racks and slicks on it so I think this would be the only big change I would make.
I will post pics of it when I get a chance
The frame is aluminum, not steel, the fork is chrome-moly steel. And that's fine.
Check the diameter of the bar mounting on the stem (road and mtn are different, you may need a new stem). add drops (or treking bars) and bar end shifters. Aero Brake levers will work with cantis, but not v-brakes (If you want v-brakes look to Tektro RL520 or other long pull road levers)
You didn't tell us the year (or number of cogs) so I'm guessing a little here. (check out http://www.vintagecannondale.com/index.html
for serial number info, etc.)
It looks like SM400 were available starting in 1987 through 1991 (http://www.mombat.org/Cannondale.htm
) 18.5" chainstays (good) and relaxed geometry make this a good candidate for conversion. Looks like the drivetrain was Suntour 3000 indexed. Malliard hubs with 5 speed freewheel.
By 1991 the SM400 was built on the 3 series mountain frame (with cantilevered rear dropouts and shorter chainstays) Suntour Accushift 7 speed Indexed, still on a freewheel.
Spend your $$ wisely. Upgrade to Shimano Indexed Bar End (9 speed) and use them in friction mode, update your hubs/wheels at a later date to a Shimano freehub and SIS rear mech and your set with modern drivetrain. May swap out the 28t granny for a 24.