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Old 11-21-16, 12:36 PM
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Help Identify this Cannondale

Hi All!

I bought this from great community collective bike shop. I liked it a lot and plan on giving it a little TLC and riding it on our local park trails. It's a Cannondale with a unique factory paint job (white paint drizzled on a black base) that should help identify it but it seems that the vintage Cannondale site is down.

I know that it is 1990 or newer given the head badge. Is has Suntour XC-Master derailleurs, Sugino Cranks, Dia Compe XCM brakes levers, Suntour X-press Accushift Plus shifters.

I'd really like to know the model and year of the bike. Thank for the help!!
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Old 11-21-16, 01:09 PM
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My guess, admittedly somewhat wild, is a 1989 or 1990 SM400. Here's why:
  • My daughter's '91 Cannondale SM400 has the logo on the downtube, not the top tube as was common in previous years.
  • Her '91 had almost identical SunTour/Sugino components. (Note "had". Past tense. The freewheel was worn out and new AccuShift freewheels are pretty much unobtanium. I swapped the drivetrain to Shimano parts.)

The only thing I'm not really sure of is the spatter paint job.
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Old 11-21-16, 05:42 PM
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What years were they enamored with that 'cantilever' style dropouts?
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Old 11-21-16, 06:15 PM
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The only thing I'm not really sure of is the spatter paint job.[/QUOTE]

Trek was doing the same thing with some bikes then.

Maybe it's a SM400?
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The 1991 catalog shows an SH400 in cosmic black w/white web, and the XCM drivetrain. That's my guess:

https://vintagecannondale.com/year/1991/1991.pdf
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I would say it's a 91/92 these were the years they had black with white web splatter and light purple accent highlights as for model as mentioned the SH-400 and SH-500 seem to be a match components wise As for price these are a bit better value wise than most hard frame MTB's if everything is in good working order $175-200.
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Thank you very much gentlemen!

I am sure you have hit the nail on the head. I don't really care about the value as I bought it to Ride. Now it's time to put it on the stand, give it a little TLC, then go hit the trails!
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Enjoy!

And just throwing it out there for @rhenry01 in case he needs 'em: I think I may have some never-been-used SunTour AccuShift X-Press shift cables I'll never have a need for. (They're proprietary and long discontinued.) If you might need 'em at some point, I'm sure we can work out some kind of deal. I'd be happy to send 'em to someone who could put them to good use.
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Thanks for the offer SkyDog75! Let me take a look at the condition of what I have and If I need them I'll get in touch with you!!
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SkyDog75, what you said about the discontinued cables got me thinking that I have to put money into this thing to keep bike going in the future. I turned to my favorite YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaA...2xiBbAUVZsvDYQ) to see if there was any info and sure enough there is a cable for the X-Press shifters (https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002NL8YCU)

While they're not an exact match I think they are good enough for hooning around on the trails. Save those OEM's for someone that may restore a pristine bike and need them to complete that perfect example. I'll trash out the stuff that is mass market available.

Again, thanks for the offer!

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