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1985 Cannondale ST400

Old 09-07-14, 03:38 PM
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1985 Cannondale ST400

I just picked up this bike for a commuter, a 1985 Cannondale ST400 in fire engine red. Shimano 600 EX groupset. It's mostly original (even the tires). It was missing a bottle cage and needs new bar tape but came with a Huret cyclometer/odometer. It says it has 285 miles on it. It has rat-traps installed but the seller gave me the original toe clip pedals. It has a few minor paint scratches but nothing going through the paint that I can see. Like with my Torpado I am looking to see if I got a decent deal on this bike.






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Old 09-07-14, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by SolBadguy View Post
I just picked up this bike for a commuter, a 1985 Cannondale ST400 in fire engine red. Shimano 600 EX groupset. It's mostly original (even the tires). Like with my Torpado I am looking to see if I got a decent deal on this bike.
Without an idea on what you paid, how can anyone give an opinion on decent deal or not? Yours is clean and in great condition, with Shimano 600, congratulations!

On the other hand, I bought this 1989 +/- ST400 PROJECT today for under $50. It is not Shimano 600.


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Old 09-07-14, 06:54 PM
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+1 Nice bike, but good deal? Hard to say. I bought this SR600 for $225.00 last year, which is more than I usually pay for bikes but it is very close to mint condition and I really wanted it. I'd say $225 was a fair deal for mine but not a steal necessarily. It was also totally original and barely used.

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Old 09-08-14, 12:15 AM
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Oops, I forgot to mention the purchase price. $150.
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Great deal, you did well.
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That's what I paid for mine, although it came with racks and fenders. I'd say you did quite well!
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But does it fit? Looks pretty small to me.
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Old 09-08-14, 05:40 AM
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Yes good deal! I like the looks of that big cog on the freewheel, looks good for commuting. How many teeth does that thing have? I think my SR600 came with a 24 T big cog and 42T small chain ring for its lowest gear, these old racing bikes were made for superman I guess. It was a pain trying to lower the gearing for riding here in the Rockies. I ended up putting on a 39 T chainring on the front and a long cage derailleur on the rear with an old NOS Shimano Ultraglide freewheel with a 34T large cog . This modification increased the cost of my Cannondale by about $100, but I can now make it over the mountain passes a bit more comfortably.


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Old 09-08-14, 05:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
But does it fit? Looks pretty small to me.
I'm not a big guy (only 5' 7") and it seems to fit me fine. Maybe it's still a little on the small side, but not uncomfortably so.

Originally Posted by turky lurkey View Post
Yes good deal! I like the looks of that big cog on the freewheel, looks good for commuting. How many teeth does that thing have? I think my SR600 came with a 24 T big cog and 42T small chain ring for its lowest gear, these old racing bikes were made for superman I guess. It was a pain trying to lower the gearing for riding here in the Rockies. I ended up putting on a 39 T chainring on the front and a long cage derailleur on the rear with an old NOS Shimano Ultraglide freewheel with a 34T large cog . This modification increased the cost of my Cannondale by about $100, but I can know make it over the mountain passes a bit more comfortably.
From the 1985 catalog at vintagecannondale.com:

Crankset: 45-50
Freewheel: 13-16-19-23-28-34

I appreciate the low gears. My town is rather hilly, in fact I live on a dead-end street where the outlet is up a 7% grade!

I already put a rear rack on it and I will probably get a trekking or moustache handlebar, and maybe some 700C wheels.
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Old 09-08-14, 06:07 AM
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Originally Posted by SolBadguy View Post
I'm not a big guy (only 5' 7") and it seems to fit me fine. Maybe it's still a little on the small side, but not uncomfortably so.



From the 1985 catalog at vintagecannondale.com:

Crankset: 45-50
Freewheel: 13-16-19-23-28-34

I appreciate the low gears. My town is rather hilly, in fact I live on a dead-end street where the outlet is up a 7% grade!

I already put a rear rack on it and I will probably get a trekking or moustache handlebar, and maybe some 700C wheels.
I hated moustache bars when I had them but I love trekking bars. Obviously YMMV but trekking bars are pretty popular in Europe. Moustache bars look cool in a retrogrouch kind of way but I think you'd be hard pressed to find a lot of people who use them unlike the trekking bars.

Flat bars can help with a bike that is a bit small since you don't have to reach as far down. Also you can get a taller stem (Nitto makes some good ones) and a longer seatpost if need be.
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Old 09-08-14, 10:47 AM
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I remember selling those bikes. Someone at Cannondale at the time apparently liked the idea of equipping their touring and sport touring bikes with half-step gearing, which enables, as the name implies, numerically sequential half-step increments in the gearing pattern, but complaints that half-step gearing was difficult to explain to customers and that the two-chainring versions of the bikes would be better served with a more conventional smaller inner chainring ensured that later Cannondale models lost the half-step arrangement.

If the bike has a 45-50 chainring combination as listed in the 1985 specs, you can install a somewhat smaller inner ring. I don't remember whether the right crank arm was drilled for a third ring, but if it is, you can think about adding a granny gear (installation of which would probably require replacement of a few other components).
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hey are you interested in selling your red cannonadale??
if so contact me at bigeye3@gmail.com
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Originally Posted by SolBadguy View Post
I'm not a big guy (only 5' 7") and it seems to fit me fine. Maybe it's still a little on the small side, but not uncomfortably so.
Really?? That bike looks so small! Cool ride though!!
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Wow! That bike is TINY!! If you're 5'7", you should plan on riding it awhile to be sure you like a small bike. Check for knee to handlebar issues and toe to front tire issues.
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Originally Posted by turky lurkey View Post
+1 Nice bike, but good deal? Hard to say. I bought this SR600 for $225.00 last year, which is more than I usually pay for bikes but it is very close to mint condition and I really wanted it. I'd say $225 was a fair deal for mine but not a steal necessarily. It was also totally original and barely used.

That is one gorgeous bike! If you find another for sale in that color in a 56, let me know (please).
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