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    Rack on a M500: will there be trouble?

    Hi. I have an old style Cannondale M500, the one where the seat stays meet up with the chain stays, like this one:

    Will this cause me difficulty mounting racks or fenders?
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    Most racks and fenders will fit fine. You will find two sets of threaded holes at the drop outs, one for rack, one for fenders. There are threaded holes for a rack on the sides of the bridge that serves as brake cable hanger. There is another bridge connecting the seat stays below that one which has a hole for mounting a fender.

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    Thanks. I'm building this bike up and haven't any racks or fenders to mock-up on it. I know that the hoes are there but the frame is such an odd design I was afraid that it was one of those deals where there were a "Wide range of genuine accessories" when they made the bike 15 years ago, but that nothing modern or uiversal would fit on today! The last thing I wanted to do is sink a lot of time and oney into building this only to find out it couldn't do it's job!
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    THe points of attachment are pretty typical. The rack mounts on the brake cable hanger are a little closer together than normal, but most racks have adjustable arms to fit a range of width and length requirements. I have a Cannondale with this style rear end and fitted a Blackburn rack easily with the standard parts that came with the rack.

    Post pics of your new bike when you get it set up!

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    My Cannondale T700 has a similar setup. Normal racks should work fine.

    Now on my F500 - that is a different issue. Attaching a rack to the mono-seat stay (with no brazons) took some ingenuity.
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    It likely has 130mm spacing for the rear hub, so you won't be able to use the modern standard 135mm hubs without some extra stress on the frame.

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