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Old 05-01-18, 07:09 AM
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Cannondale Police Bike

Hello, I am looking for a bike and I donít want to get ripped off. I found this Cannondale (the poster listed as a Carbondale) Law Enforcement bike but I donít know what model it is or what itís worth. I looked up current Cannondale Law Enforcement bikes and they are priced new at $900 & up but those also have features like disk brakes.

The bike I am looking at has friction brakes & appears to be in good condition but I havenít seen it in person yet. Posted is asking $400, is that a fair price for this model or should I keep looking?
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A police bike that's been ridden a thousand miles a week and is only half price compared to a new model? No thanks.
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Old 05-01-18, 12:40 PM
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Anyone who buys at that price should report being robbed.
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Old 05-01-18, 02:41 PM
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I'd be hard pressed to offer even $100.00 and that is if it fit. That one seems small to me. Short cop I guess.
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Old 05-01-18, 02:45 PM
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That looks like a 1997 Cannondale F300, but with black paint and a police decal. If it's in good shape, the price should be three figures and start with a "1".
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Originally Posted by SkyDog75 View Post
That looks like a 1997 Cannondale F300, but with black paint and a police decal. If it's in good shape, the price should be three figures and start with a "1".
Hi SkyDog75, the seller states that it is a CAD2, does tha change the value at all?
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Possibly a Police Interceptor model based upon the head shock. So here is my $.02 on the bike. The seller called it a "Carbondale" so obviously not a bike person. Whenever I see a similar bike listed on Craigslist, and they come up regularly it seems, the lister makes a big deal out of the fact that it was a police bike as if that should add to the value. It actually does not as pointed out above, they are ridden hard. I'm sure they are likely maintained pretty well too, but use is use and wear is wear.

If you were considering paying close to the asking price you can do way better and get a mountain bike with disc brakes or a hybrid with disc brakes depending upon what you want the bike for. I regularly see Trek and Giant hybrids listed for around $250 to $300 that would be a step up from that one.

If that bike is really speaking to you, make an offer in line with the feedback you've received here.

In any case, good luck and happy riding!
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Old 05-02-18, 08:31 AM
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I wouldnt pay a premium for a crown victoria because it was a police model, --- quite the opposite. Thats the way i feel about this bike.
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Originally Posted by Koobers View Post
Hello, I am looking for a bike and I donít want to get ripped off.


I'll echo everyone and say that it's a bad deal for $400. One thing to note when buying Cannondales is that if the proprietary Head Shok front suspension fork fails, then you'll need to go to an authorized dealer to get it serviced. That's a headache I wouldn't want to deal with, so I'd only look for one with a rigid fork.

The easiest thing to do would be to state where you live, your height, your budget, what type of bike you were interested in (road, mountain, commuter, hybrid, touring, etc), and the intended purpose. That way we can list some stuff on CL that might be of interest.
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Old 05-02-18, 03:21 PM
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@Koobers, what is the appeal of this bike to you?
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Old 05-02-18, 03:28 PM
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I'd ask the local PD if they've had any bikes stolen before forking over the dough.
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A CAD2 series Canondale with mono shock and heavy milage $100 is about all it's worth. Chances are the shock is half shot or bad and can't be replaced or fixed.
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Old 05-02-18, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Koobers View Post
Hi SkyDog75, the seller states that it is a CAD2, does tha change the value at all?
In 1997 and thereabouts, Cannondale labeled their rigid-framed mountain bikes as either "CAAD 1", "CAAD 2", or "CAAD 3". CAAD 1 frames were straight-gauge aluminum tubing. CAAD 2 frames used butted tubing, meaning they were thinner in the middle to save weight. CAAD 3 frames had a downtube that increased in diameter where it joined the bottom bracket.

So does being a CAAD 2 bike help identify the bike's quality? Yes, it identifies the bike as a midrange model. It doesn't affect the value all that much, though, since '90s mountain bikes haven't retained their value all that well. Entry-level and midrange bikes tend to occupy the same sub-$150 price range.

Looking at the 1997 catalog, I think we might be able to ID the bike you're asking about. There's a "police issue" F900 at the top of page 19. Here's a link to a catalog scan on vintagecannondale.com :
https://vintagecannondale.com/year/1997/1997.pdf
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headshock = heck no.
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Originally Posted by Darth_Firebolt View Post
headshock = heck no.
ironically with the arrival of tapered head tubes you can find a headset that will fit a modern fork
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
I'd ask the local PD if they've had any bikes stolen before forking over the dough.
Good idea. Also, I don't think police bikes are supposed to be sold to the general public, at least new. So it wouldn't surprise me if this wasn't Kosher.
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I use to see the police around the harbor riding these all the time. Now it's the national guard and tanks. Or guys in neon yellow jackets that say security on motorized scooters.

I have an 02 Adventure that is CAAD 2. I need to move it. Nice bike. No shock fork. (No mods I am not trying to sell it on here)
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Originally Posted by Clang View Post
The easiest thing to do would be to state where you live, your height, your budget, what type of bike you were interested in (road, mountain, commuter, hybrid, touring, etc), and the intended purpose. That way we can list some stuff on CL that might be of interest.
I live in Southeast Michigan, Iím 5í7Ē and have a budget of around $400. Iím not really sure what kind of riding I want to do which sucks since bikes tend to be purpose built. I guess Iím looking for a good all around bike. I know I donít want a road bike. Iíd probably be interested in trail riding & general riding with the family. I guess thatís what appealed to me about this bike. The police need bikes that can adapt to various different styles of riding so I figured this would be a good choice since I donít know what type of riding Iíll be doing primarily.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
@Koobers, what is the appeal of this bike to you?
I guess I figured that the police would choose a bike model that was a good all purpose bike. I didnít really consider that it would be hard ridden because I live in the suburbs and just assume that a quiet neighborhood means that it wouldnít see a ton of use. I definitely understand everyoneís points and I certainly appreciate all the feedback. This is precisely why I came here, I donít know anything about bikes and I donít want to get ripped off or buy a bike I regret. The last bike I bought was 10 years ago, it was a Diamondback Viper X & I bought it because thatís what I had when I was a kid. I was in my mid-20ís then & realized pretty quick that it was a mistake. That was 10 years ago & itís sat unused because it wasnít a good fit for me. I donít want to make that mistake again.
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If it were like 100 bucks and had a solid fork it would be a good deal and would fit the description of a good 'all around' bike.
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Speaking of $100 and rigid fork, here's an example of a well-priced mountain bike that looks to be in good shape. I didn't know which CL sub-region was closest, to you in southeast MI, so I picked Detroit.

1995 Trek 930 - $100 (Royal Oak, MI)

https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/b...572560922.html

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Originally Posted by Clang View Post
Speaking of $100 and rigid fork, here's an example of a well-priced mountain bike that looks to be in good shape. I didn't know which CL sub-region was closest, to you in southeast MI, so I picked Detroit.

1995 Trek 930 - $100 (Royal Oak, MI)

https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/b...572560922.html

That looks like a good option and yes, Metro Detroit is the correct location for me. Not to focus in on a single brand but what the consensus on this one? It looks like it has a lot of extras. https://letgo.onelink.me/O2PG/faf4a8deLook what I just found on letgo! - Cannondale hardtail mountain bike posted by Kurt
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That Trek 930 would be a nice pickup for general-purpose riding around. Decent frame made from triple-butted True Temper tubing. Bullet-proof rigid CrMo fork. It looks to be in the right size range for a 5'7" rider, but might be just a smidge on the large side. It's worth a test ride to find out.

The Cannondale on Letgo sounds like a nice bike, but I didn't see any images. Without pictures or any way to assess condition, I can't tell you whether it's worth $350. If you go to look at it, pay close attention to the fork. Fixing suspension forks can get expensive fast. And compounding the problem, F3's can be equipped with a proprietary Cannondale headshok or Lefty fork depending on the year. We also don't know what size it is from the ad, and size is absolutely critical.
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The Trek 930 is a good deal. The tires look like a hybrid style which is better for rolling resistance compared to knobby.
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If you plan to ride around the burbs and bike trails on hard surface or bituminous, it would be hard to beat the Trek 930 for value, comfort, and resale. It looks to be in VG condition.

The Cannondale F3 is overkill for anything but trail riding the Potawami trail or Stony Creek.

https://us.letgo.com/en/i/cannondale...1-de0550c1188a
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