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Does this Cannondale have any potential?

Old 09-26-16, 12:10 PM
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Does this Cannondale have any potential?

Vintage Cannondale 400



If the size is 23", it should be a good fit. I don't have a great knowledge of vintage Cannondale bikes, but I believe this is one of the lower end SR400 models. Still, is $150 a fair price for this Cannondale?

Thank you for your responses, I appreciate it.
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Old 09-26-16, 01:05 PM
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What you need to realize is that for any given year Cannondale frames only varied by the line (road, sport touring, touring, ATB). Every model, from top to bottom within a line, used the same frame. The model designation only signified the difference in the level of the components, which sometimes included a different fork. From that perspective, every Cannondale has potential.

Based on the dual eyelets and rather longish chainstays, this looks like the 1st generation Sports Touring frame. I don't think the ST400 came out until 1985, though the bicycle may have a late 1984 serial number. This and the use of caliper brakes, as opposed to cantilevers may have led to the SR400 assumption.
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The bike does have a lot of potential if everything works good and there are no issues it's worth the price, actually about $100 more in a better market. I would agree it's an early 80's Sports Touring frame based on the long chain stays, slightly longer wheelbase and brakes. For me the 1st thing that needs to go are the over sized Tri extenders the just look silly with the current bars and none aero brake levers.
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Cannondales are holding value better than other CV in the last few years it seems. Sell side prices are down for most CV lately but cdales still seem to move pretty fast with higher asks. Just one casual observations but 150 on a cannondale is a decent price for a keeper.
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Definately worth 150 if the wheels are good (round and true), no cracks in frame, etc. Nothing terribly spicey about the bike but it is a C-Dale.
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Old 09-26-16, 05:27 PM
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Shimano 600 components, double crank, caliper brakes, and fork eyelets. More like a 1985 ST400. Looks like stem replaced for comfort.

https://vintagecannondale.com/year/1985/1985.pdf

It is priced at FMV. The tri bars can be sold for $20-$25 and if the seller has the original saddle, the one shown is worth $10.

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Old 09-27-16, 01:49 AM
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There was a fair amount of interest after I recently listed on Philly CL an SR400 for $225, and took $200.
(It had the model number on the drive-side chain stay.)

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There was a fair amount of interest after I recently listed on Philly CL an SR400 for $225, and took $200. (It had the model number on the drive-side chain stay.)

And I agree, lose the aero bars for the sale listing photos. You might show them on the floor below the bike, use them as bargaining extras, and sell them separately if need be.
Since the OP provided a link on CL, I am pretty sure he seeks buying input justification.
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Thank you for your input! I think I'll try to snag this bike after all, thanks everyone. I appreciate it.
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Crank

Is that a Shimano 600EX crank?
If so the relative rarity might finance the purchase of a newer crank. Or the near-impossibility of getting replacement parts might influence the decision.
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