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Old 12-18-18, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by mkeller234
Here is my 83 st-500 that I bought recently. I知 very excited to overhaul this bike after the holidays. I知 looking forward to trying something different this summer.


Dear lord that thing is beautiful!
Where did you find such a pristine specimen!?
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Dear lord that thing is beautiful!
Where did you find such a pristine specimen!?
Craigslist, naturally. I got lucky and found it for a reasonable price, luckier still that it痴 in such great condition. It had the OEM reflectors on it when I brought it home. Even the bartape and tires are original spec. I think the paint and subdued decals are attractive, I only hope I find the ride as appealing. Bonus that the bike and I are the same age!
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Originally Posted by mkeller234
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Craigslist, naturally. I got lucky and found it for a reasonable price, luckier still that it痴 in such great condition. It had the OEM reflectors on it when I brought it home. Even the bartape and tires are original spec. I think the paint and subdued decals are attractive, I only hope I find the ride as appealing. Bonus that the bike and I are the same age!
What are you planning on overhauling? Looks pretty mint as is
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Originally Posted by mkeller234
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Craigslist, naturally. I got lucky and found it for a reasonable price, luckier still that it痴 in such great condition. It had the OEM reflectors on it when I brought it home. Even the bartape and tires are original spec. I think the paint and subdued decals are attractive, I only hope I find the ride as appealing. Bonus that the bike and I are the same age!
I had that same model, all be it in a much less pretty form and it was my hands down favorite ride. I didnt understand the "church of cannondale" till I rode it. I crashed on it and bent the rear stay, luckily it didnt crack on me but I couldn't trust it anymore.
If I I could find one in my size and at a reasonable price I'd get it again in heart beat.
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Originally Posted by antmaster5000
What are you planning on overhauling? Looks pretty mint as is
I知 going to polish the paint and aluminum parts. The brake hoods and bar tape are in pretty sad condition too.
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Originally Posted by stardognine
Yep, love those old SM bikes too. 👍 I was very close to buying one, XL in red, when that Silk Path jumped in the way. 😎
I like the Cannondale train station head badge era, I don't know why they changed that out, classic.
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Originally Posted by spedrunr
I like the Cannondale train station head badge era, I don't know why they changed that out, classic.
totally agree! The new logo is so boring too... a stylized C.
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Been away for much too long, but happened to see my favorite topic! Maybe this will be the year to get back out; until then, lot's of overdue maintenance!

Daily (in years past) rider - 1989 frameset (bought new in '88) built with Shimano 600 (pre-Tricolor), 600EX, 105, Cinelli, Mavic


1989 SR900 full Campy found on CL and could not resist


A nice little fun ride I picked up at LBS


And a bunch of projects in waiting!
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Yeah, what he said. 😁😎
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I noticed all of your C'dale frames are 1989 or later with the cantilever rear dropouts. I'm curious if you have ridden or owned the previous Criterium frame series with the the dropout at the chain and seat stay intersections, and if so, how did the ride smoothness or handling compare between otherwise similarly set up bikes. I owned a 1988 SR800, and it ripped me a new one on long rides and sometimes I would almost feel bucked forward after hitting a large bump. Maybe it was my fit at the time, but have long wondered why Cannondale made that frame design change. I have a difficult time believing the marketing statement that it was to reduce weight and to provide easier access to the QR.
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Originally Posted by mkeller234
Here is my 83 st-500 that I bought recently. I知 very excited to overhaul this bike after the holidays. I知 looking forward to trying something different this summer.


Nice pick up; this is a beautiful bike. I really like my '84 ST 400 that has become my go to bike for daily riding. The frame is stiff though and I found that running fatter tires (I'm currently running 32c) help smooth out the ride.
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Originally Posted by SpeedofLite
I noticed all of your C'dale frames are 1989 or later with the cantilever rear dropouts. I'm curious if you have ridden or owned the previous Criterium frame series with the the dropout at the chain and seat stay intersections, and if so, how did the ride smoothness or handling compare between otherwise similarly set up bikes. I owned a 1988 SR800, and it ripped me a new one on long rides and sometimes I would almost feel bucked forward after hitting a large bump. Maybe it was my fit at the time, but have long wondered why Cannondale made that frame design change. I have a difficult time believing the marketing statement that it was to reduce weight and to provide easier access to the QR.
No, I'm afraid the '89 frameset was my first one. But I've had it on numerous long rides (including centuries), and never felt that the ride or handling were objectionable. The aluminum fork helps a bit, as does the gel saddle. My previous daily was a Trek 400, and the big difference was how much better the Cannondale goes up hills. Sure, it's a little bumpier and twitchier than the Trek was, but as I said - not objectionable. One of the frames hanging is a road geometry in my size- I kind of want to try it and see the difference.
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Originally Posted by cdale4ever
No, I'm afraid the '89 frameset was my first one. But I've had it on numerous long rides (including centuries), and never felt that the ride or handling were objectionable. The aluminum fork helps a bit, as does the gel saddle. My previous daily was a Trek 400, and the big difference was how much better the Cannondale goes up hills. Sure, it's a little bumpier and twitchier than the Trek was, but as I said - not objectionable. One of the frames hanging is a road geometry in my size- I kind of want to try it and see the difference.
Thanks. I still remember the day I test rode my 1988 SR800. The acceleration was instantaneous and it was twitchy. All this talk about vintage Cannondales makes me want to have one again and see if I feel the same way about it.
Good luck with your builds!
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Rear fender mount

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How'd I miss this thread. An excuse to ***** out pictures of my bike? Yes please!



Hi, How did you attach the rear fender to the bottom bracket area? I noticed that none of my Cannondales have a screw hole down where the chainstays meet the bottom bracket(?)
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Originally Posted by dhager
1986 ST600 that I refurbished earlier this year. I found replacement parts on eBay, online bike stores and Amazon, replaced most components other than the seat post and the 27" Mavic wheelset that came with the bike. Yeah, I decided to stick with 27" rather than convert to 700C. Shimano Tiagra FD & RD, Specialized triple crankset, Shimano RSX brifters, Tektro brakes, Soma bars. It rides nice, but I haven't tested it on any long rides as I had hoped to, just around my very hilly neighborhood where the low gearing comes in handy.

The orange accents really look nice against the grey. I have the grey and pink version but haven't had time to replace the cables, tape and seat.
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Originally Posted by cdale4ever
Been away for much too long, but happened to see my favorite topic! Maybe this will be the year to get back out; until then, lot's of overdue maintenance!

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1989 SR900 full Campy found on CL and could not resist


A nice little fun ride I picked up at LBS


And a bunch of projects in waiting!
Do you have an affinity for 89-90 Cannondales or just coincidental?
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Originally Posted by cdale4ever
And a bunch of projects in waiting!
God bless you, good sir. All those completed and waiting-in-the-wings frames just warms my Cannondale-loving heart. I have a '91 SR800 in black/hyper highlight blue that I need to post ASAP.
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Originally Posted by bikemig
Nice pick up; this is a beautiful bike. I really like my '84 ST 400 that has become my go to bike for daily riding. The frame is stiff though and I found that running fatter tires (I'm currently running 32c) help smooth out the ride.
OK, going in order, from your quote, lol, here's my 1985 frame (CC serial number), which might have been an ST400, or maybe sold as a frame. 🤔😁
I picked this up last month, also from CL, and just been too busy to grab a good pic. 😊
I actually tried drop bars for about a day and a half, but that just doesn't work for me.
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Originally Posted by stardognine


OK, going in order, from your quote, lol, here's my 1985 frame (CC serial number), which might have been an ST400, or maybe sold as a frame. 🤔😁
I picked this up last month, also from CL, and just been too busy to grab a good pic. 😊
I actually tried drop bars for about a day and a half, but that just doesn't work for me.
Great looking bike. Mine is an '85 as well (not an '84). I'll bet that's a great riding bike with 700 x 35c tires.
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Originally Posted by bikemig
Great looking bike. Mine is an '85 as well (not an '84). I'll bet that's a great riding bike with 700 x 35c tires.
Yepsir, those fat tires definitely help a lot. 👌 Only problem is, I'm on a newish Cannondale saddle, that's so UN-comfortable, it negates a lot of the plush ride, that I should be getting. 😩😉 I'll remedy that as soon as possible, and all will be right in the world. 😎😁
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Looking for an Id. T2? Can't find anything that looks that old.
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Looking for an Id. T2? Can't find anything that looks that old.
Looks more like T700 to me. You can probably find it in the catalogs, at vintage cannondale dot com, going by the color. Also, the T-series touring bikes started in 1992, so you won't have to look further back than that, at least.
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I got this somewhere around 1999:




It has a head-shock, which no longer seems to work properly. The frame was made in the US, and is a very unforgiving aluminum. I had to get the lamps from Peter White. The dynamo generator hub came with the bike, but not the lights (despite what is show in the photo).

I was never comfortable on this bike. I loaned it to my kid, so it is with him in college in Portland, OR. He hates it too.

Anyone from PDX want this thing?
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Originally Posted by stardognine


Yepsir, those fat tires definitely help a lot. 👌 Only problem is, I'm on a newish Cannondale saddle, that's so UN-comfortable, it negates a lot of the plush ride, that I should be getting. 😩😉 I'll remedy that as soon as possible, and all will be right in the world. 😎😁
It's alright now, I found a Mongoose (saddle). This one's way more comfy than it looks, and has a cool graphic, lol. 😎
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