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Old 09-08-14, 10:35 AM
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Need help identifying new thrift store cannondale find

Hello - I need the forum's help again!
My latest find is another Cannondale (actually my 2nd Cannondale this week-end;I traded a Giant Cinron + $50 for a Cannondale Killer V500 to a guy who came to my yard sale - But that one has issues with a loose rear hub/rim - I was so excited to get it I didn't even check it! My bad, his good), I found at a local thrift store today.
I can't tell what model it is! On the plus side it has integrated brake & gear levers, so I'm hoping it's a higher end model. On the negative there is a small dent in the top cross bar of the frame - and since I've heard Cannondales are as strong as a rock, that worries me.

But it is what it is, and I can't beat the price ($24.95), so I will get everything fixed that needs it, ride it for awhile, then sell it when the next find comes along! Knowing what I have would help a lot - can anyone tell from the photos?
Also, it has ULTEGRA on the pedal, but the bike doesn't look like any Ultegra I found in google images.

Thanks all - I appreciate any help.













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Old 09-08-14, 01:50 PM
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Ok, this has to be 90's or earlier because it's made in USA. I'm going to check now, but a question (I'll probably see when I get there!)? How do I tell what model it is when there? Compare photos to it? Anyway, I appreciate the lead. Thanks
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Originally Posted by miamibeachcg View Post
Ok, this has to be 90's or earlier because it's made in USA. I'm going to check now, but a question (I'll probably see when I get there!)? How do I tell what model it is when there? Compare photos to it? Anyway, I appreciate the lead. Thanks
Well the last year they were made in USA was 2010 so no it doesn't have to be 90's or earlier. Since it has Ultegra and brifters I would say it has to be 1990 or later
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Old 09-08-14, 03:43 PM
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Thanks - is brifters a correct word? If I google Cannondale with Ultegra and brifters, will it give me examples to tell what mine is? Isn't there a serial number (I looked under frame) that will tell me what model it is?
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PS - Went to bikepedia - just under Cannondale - without knowing the year the list of links is huge!
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Old 09-08-14, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by miamibeachcg View Post
Thanks - is brifters a correct word? If I google Cannondale with Ultegra and brifters, will it give me examples to tell what mine is? Isn't there a serial number (I looked under frame) that will tell me what model it is?
Thanks
PS - Went to bikepedia - just under Cannondale - without knowing the year the list of links is huge!
Brifter is kind of a word. It is bike slang for brake levers with integrated shifters so not really a technical term that will appear in official documentation. I was guessing Ultegra because it looks like that's what the cranks say but I think those cranks may not be original to the bike because they are probably newer than the frame. The shifters may or may not be original but we can't make out any name plate on the shifters from your pictures. The serial number should be on the bottom of the bike on the bottom bracket shell. You can email Cannondale and they would probably be able to give you year and model based on that.

If you have time to kill you can sift through their catalogs:

Vintage Cannondale - Cannondale Catalogs


Judging by the stem and fork I think it's somewhere around 1998 R300/500. But they don't always have every color scheme that was available in the catalogs. If the bike was in really nice shape it might sell for $300-350 where I live where people will over pay for vintage bikes and Cannondales. That one is not in great shape. There is noticeable rust around bolts, good amount of scratches and a sizable dent in the top tube. Even if it's fixed up I wouldn't pay more than $150 but maybe someone else would pay more. It might be more valuable parting it out and selling parts on ebay. You should be able to quadruple your investment easily
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In the 4th photo, what are the 2 knobs sticking out on each side? The killer v500 doesn't have them.
Thank you all for the help.
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Originally Posted by miamibeachcg View Post
In the 4th photo, what are the 2 knobs sticking out on each side? The killer v500 doesn't have them.
Thank you all for the help.
Bosses for downtube shifters. In your case, the original owner used a housing stop adapter to accommodate the brifters.
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Old 09-08-14, 08:07 PM
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Looks like an SR400, late 1980's. I think brifters and crank were modifications by prior owner.
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+1 Looks to be a late 80's early 90's SR400-500 there basic road/race model that has been heavily upgraded modified. Crank, Brifters shift group, wheels, bars stem and maybe fork. Still a screaming good if not almost unbelievable deal for $25. If everything works nice, there are no major issues and it rides good it should be worth $350-400.
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Definitely hard to date since it's clearly been updated/modified. But looking through old catalogs it looks like they went to that block lettering for the logo on downtube/top tube in 1997. Before that the lettering with thinner and didn't have the 2nd color outline around the letters.
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Good point Canondales with the basic SR frame can be hard to date when modified to this extent sense theywhere way ahead of there time in the late 80's and didn't change much till they started making changes in the late 90's. Like dropping the DT shifter braze on's for Brifter type type cable guides . Since this one has the DT braze on's it is likely a pre 97 model.

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Thank you all very much! The tires held air when I filled them it rides great - except the shifter is something I'll have to learn to be comfortable with.
This is another reason I am in line at this thrift store before opening every morning! (and it does have a line every day!)
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A last question/observation - I looked under frame for serial number it looks like the bike was possibly repainted (maybe to match forks?) and may have been yellow originally? Also, the Cannondale name on the tube that is under the seat is made of letters that appear to be inexpensive stickers - do Cannondale letters from the factory come off that easily or are these after market stickers put on after the bike was painted? (if painted, it was a professional job - it appears there are 2 layers before you can see the yellow, but the letters coming off appear cheap and I wonder if I should just remove them?)
I took more photos of everything I thought will help you'all help me - the derailleur? (changes gears on back sprocket) only has "500" or "05" on it, the stem appears to have DREVIDE or BREVIDE on it, and I can't tell what the brifter says because it has been scratched to heck (probally from the crash that put the little dent in top tube) - the 2nd brifter cover is missing (SHOULD I REPLACE B4 SELLING?).
Thanks again foe all the help - amazing forum!!

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I hate to be the pessimist but I think you will be riding it for a while.

Yes, it would appear to be a repaint, those decals don't come off that easily.

You might want to remove the decals and buy new ones for a resale. There are cheap sources like ebay, and more expensive ones like velodecal.

You probably want to replace that hood, remove some of those rusty screws and try to get the rust off.

The main thing that would make me hesitate is the dent. Probably no difference in the riding, but I don't think you will get top dollar because of it.

Still you could make a decent profit even if you decide to strip the parts, junk the frame and sell the parts.
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That bike frame is cosmetically and mechanically challenged for a flip. The parts are in rough condition too, but the wheelset is pretty nice. If it were me, I'd take the parts off I want for my parts bin and sell the rest.

Cannondales can get a premium, but most are well maintained and garage kept, not like this example.
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That bike frame is cosmetically and mechanically challenged for a flip. The parts are in rough condition too, but the wheelset is pretty nice. If it were me, I'd take the parts off I want for my parts bin and sell the rest.

Cannondales can get a premium, but most are well maintained and garage kept, not like this example.
+1 but...at $25 cost, you will still do pretty well!
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