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1989 Cannondale Black Lightning. Worth?

Old 09-17-14, 03:34 PM
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1989 Cannondale Black Lightning. Worth?




I was thinking of putting this beauty on the market. '89 I think, basically unridden according to the guy I got it from, and has very little wear. I've ridden it a few times and it is STIFF and fast, unfortunately just a hair too small. Thoughts on price?

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Old 09-17-14, 05:54 PM
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Gee, that's a beauty-interested to know myself! Depending on locale/I don't think $300 (+) would be out of the question. How many speeds on it?
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Old 09-18-14, 01:39 AM
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A very nice original example.
Touch up the RD with some black paint and put it up on eBay with a BIN of $650.
Be patient. It will sell for that.
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Old 09-18-14, 02:47 PM
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A very nice original example.
Touch up the RD with some black paint and put it up on eBay with a BIN of $650.
Be patient. It will sell for that.
I concur.
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This is a very nice example of a Black Lighting which is a very nice lat 80's entry level competion race bike. With the nice matched original black components which look to be 7speed Suntour Accushift Sprint which hold down value a bit. Considering the very nice overall condition I would $500-600 value for a local sale and $650-700 on ebay if your up for doing reasonably priced shipping. I have owned a similar Canondale and really liked the performance but found the tight geomtry and stiffness not to my personnel liking a little much for everyday riding but fine for shorter distance racing, which was what these bikes where intended for. They where intended to be a value priced race bike and they accomplish this very nicely.
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Wow, that one for $212 is a shocker. Even needing new nipples and spokes (due to rust and corrosion, so probably other stuff as well), that one looks like it was a good deal. Has I not been in France the last two weeks, I'd have bid on that.
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It's an anomaly.
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It's an anomaly.
Based on your recent build, I suspect you are blinded by love!
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Based on your recent build, I suspect you are blinded by love!


I'm just surprised to hear of the lower prices. It was 3yrs ago I'd given up the idea of owning one or even finding one for a decent price. That's what motivated my build. Dang, those are fun to ride hard.
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Well, I'll try to sell it and I guess that will establish its current value. I'll let you guys know how it goes.
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FYI it is not an 1989; look at the rear drop out and compare to: https://www.vintagecannondale.com/year/1989/1989.pdf

I think it is a 1988 (first generation frame and 7 speed Sprint): https://www.vintagecannondale.com/year/1988/1988.pdf
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You're right, it is an 1988.

So maybe we were a little conservative on the price, it sold for 650 (plus 140 shipping) on eBay within 6 hours of posting it.

Now we know!
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You're right, it is an 1988.

So maybe we were a little conservative on the price, it sold for 650 (plus 140 shipping) on eBay within 6 hours of posting it.

Now we know!
Yup. They do command a premium.
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Closed tonight $270 + shipping

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