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Old 03-31-19, 06:47 PM
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That SR900 is really cool! I'm jealous. How do you like the Campy stuff?
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I like it! Beautiful bike. I've always liked the looks of that gruppo, and it complements the elegance of the bike very well.
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New to the group, super excited to see all these bikes....I just picked up a 1989 sr2000 that was in a guys stable that was ridden twice, we negotiated a price and I then took to my LBS and had the 30 year old tires replaced, and also put some candy pedals on. I am new to road biking, never have owned one until today, however average 100+ miles a week on my other bikes. Wanted something that I could keep in my office and ride at lunch with the other roadies. In high school I was in lust with the cannondale road bikes so they have always been on my mind. Decided to look for a vintage cannondale for my first road bike. When I hit 10 posts I can share the awesomeness with you all.
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BTW - Cannondale has those pesky, often missing, top tube cable guides back in stock.
A bit pricey, but if you need them, you need them, so I bought them :

https://shop.vintagecannondale.com/p...for-cannondale
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Originally Posted by mixteup
BTW - Cannondale has those pesky, often missing, top tube cable guides back in stock.
A bit pricey, but if you need them, you need them, so I bought them :

https://shop.vintagecannondale.com/p...for-cannondale
That's nice, they charge the loyal customer a ridiculous price + shipping for a flawed design. Thanks Cannondale. I'll just deal with the zip ties I guess.
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Uhhhhh as far as I know these guys are not associated with what is the modern Cannondale company. Everything offered there is a resource for information and restoration. $28 for very nicely molded or machined and finished set of aluminum bits (they were plastic originally) is not the worst thing by far to bring a vintage Cannondale back to proper operating and aesthetic condition (or any other bike for that matter). Remember there were no 'low end' Cannondales if you look at the component makeup. This is appropriate. Sure, the design was suspect in the first place, and the whole shifter boss setup is also a blessing and curse depending on how you look at it. The fact that replacement parts are offered at all (the cable guides) is a fantastic thing--one I am certainly thankful for. If this was Italian, one would pay up without much complaint, if any. But it's not, so here we are. Pay the (very modest) cost to be the boss.
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Mine are aluminum, but I don't see any push-pin mounts. Pretty sure these were braze-ons on my '85. 🙂
Also pretty sure there was no primer used, before paint, as it chips way too easy. I admit, the wind has caught me unawares a couple times, but it still chips off way too easy. 😲🤔
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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel
Uhhhhh as far as I know these guys are not associated with what is the modern Cannondale company. Everything offered there is a resource for information and restoration. $28 for very nicely molded or machined and finished set of aluminum bits (they were plastic originally) is not the worst thing by far to bring a vintage Cannondale back to proper operating and aesthetic condition (or any other bike for that matter). Remember there were no 'low end' Cannondales if you look at the component makeup. This is appropriate. Sure, the design was suspect in the first place, and the whole shifter boss setup is also a blessing and curse depending on how you look at it. The fact that replacement parts are offered at all (the cable guides) is a fantastic thing--one I am certainly thankful for. If this was Italian, one would pay up without much complaint, if any. But it's not, so here we are. Pay the (very modest) cost to be the boss.
This is correct - They aren't actually coming from Cannondale, but from a totally separate place - Infinity Cycle
I actually (briefly) thought about making these things - I have a lathe and a milling machine, and lots of aluminum.
But I'm sure it would have taken me a whole day of farting around with it, at least -
So coughing up the 32 bucks, for nice anodized parts, was a no brainer
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I just got some 34.9mm cable clamps on Ebay for like $2.00 each. Those original cable guides are too flimsy, IMO, and the replacements are too expensive. Beats the zip ties and blue 3M painter's tape I had been using.

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Originally Posted by stardognine
Mine are aluminum, but I don't see any push-pin mounts. Pretty sure these were braze-ons on my '85. 🙂
Also pretty sure there was no primer used, before paint, as it chips way too easy. I admit, the wind has caught me unawares a couple times, but it still chips off way too easy. 😲🤔
That's right! I have seen early ones that were aluminum. LAte '80s into the '90s, like the ones I've had, were plastic. Cannondale shifted around a lot during the '80s. Different shifter boss setups, and of course, without a lot of cross-compatibility (if any). Thank you for the correction!
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Originally Posted by mixteup
This is correct - They aren't actually coming from Cannondale, but from a totally separate place - Infinity Cycle
I actually (briefly) thought about making these things - I have a lathe and a milling machine, and lots of aluminum.
But I'm sure it would have taken me a whole day of farting around with it, at least -
So coughing up the 32 bucks, for nice anodized parts, was a no brainer
Correct. That site is a complete independent from Cannondale Corp. Corp even went as far as tell Vintage to stop selling the decal kits at one time. Great source of information at Vintage though. Much better than the Corp site for the our old Cannondale's.
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985
I just got some 34.9mm cable clamps on Ebay for like $2.00 each. Those original cable guides are too flimsy, IMO, and the replacements are too expensive. Beats the zip ties and blue 3M painter's tape I had been using.

Ok, these are pretty slick (and cheap), is there a chance that they will dig into the paint and leave scratches/chips?
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Haha, mine did while I was fighting with them because the screws the clamps came with were about 1/2 a mm too short, had to buy new ones at a place that specializes in odd size stainless steel screws. But once I got the right size screw, no problems, just don't tighten them super tight and I don't think they'll hurt your paint. I have great paint on my Cannondale, Du Pont Emron IIRC, I'm just not as careful as I should be sometimes.
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Old 04-08-19, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel
Uhhhhh as far as I know these guys are not associated with what is the modern Cannondale company. Everything offered there is a resource for information and restoration. $28 for very nicely molded or machined and finished set of aluminum bits (they were plastic originally) is not the worst thing by far to bring a vintage Cannondale back to proper operating and aesthetic condition (or any other bike for that matter). Remember there were no 'low end' Cannondales if you look at the component makeup. This is appropriate. Sure, the design was suspect in the first place, and the whole shifter boss setup is also a blessing and curse depending on how you look at it. The fact that replacement parts are offered at all (the cable guides) is a fantastic thing--one I am certainly thankful for. If this was Italian, one would pay up without much complaint, if any. But it's not, so here we are. Pay the (very modest) cost to be the boss.
Ok, I'm the idiot complainer here. I thought this was Cannondale's attempt to fix their cost saving flawed design and charging us for another plastic piece. Many companies will admit their mistake (recall) and provide gratis suitable replacements. I did not realize (or read the fine print) that these are indeed metal (better than OEM) replacements. Kudos to VC for coming through with a superior product that inevitably will be purchased by thousands of vintage Cannondale owners. I may hit up my engineer nephew to see what the cost of 3-D printing will be incurred.
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Originally Posted by spedrunr
Ok, I'm the idiot complainer here. I thought this was Cannondale's attempt to fix their cost saving flawed design and charging us for another plastic piece. Many companies will admit their mistake (recall) and provide gratis suitable replacements. I did not realize (or read the fine print) that these are indeed metal (better than OEM) replacements. Kudos to VC for coming through with a superior product that inevitably will be purchased by thousands of vintage Cannondale owners. I may hit up my engineer nephew to see what the cost of 3-D printing will be incurred.
And because I didn't read closely (and they looked identical anyway), I assumed they were plastic (because most of my vintage Cannondales had plastic ones). Boy am I on point... I wonder if Cannondale had their hands full just trying to get a good frame (minus anything else attached to it) done and able to pass QC reliably in those years. Everything was riveted or bolted on those frames. Tubing bowed during/after heat treating...or at least something happened because I've had mid-80s models have slightly curved seat stays, and a '91 SR800 that has a bowed down tube. I still love 'em though.
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https://www.shapeways.com/product/DV...le-cable-guide
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I looked at those 3D printed ones - With shipping, $24.82 for 3 of them (if you want them to match) = $7.18 less.
So, yeah, they're a cheaper way to go.
Maybe I'm just being too picky, but I thought that the machined aluminum ones from VC might be nicer, and you don't have to glue them.
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So far, I am really enamored with this Cannondale. I have been riding all of my bikes in rotation, so a lot of steel, then the Cannondale. I certainly notice the difference in the frame, but I appreciate how athletic it feels. I need to get out for a long ride on it next.
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If I jump on a steel bike after riding my Cannondale, I really notice the loss of power from frame flex. Is steel more comfortable? Yes, but I hate throwing away energy just to feel slightly less road shock. I do like the steel frame better for long rides, my limit on the Cannondale is about 3 hours. After that, the frame starts hurting me, and I begin looking for excuses to end the ride.
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My 25mi daily...
Not sure how vintage it is.
​​​​​​​I do like the way it rides.
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Looks like one of the early touring bikes. Mid 1980s
Originally Posted by Ottomotion

My 25mi daily...
Not sure how vintage it is.
​​​​​​​I do like the way it rides.
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Originally Posted by Ottomotion

My 25mi daily...
Not sure how vintage it is.
I do like the way it rides.
Looks to be an ST400 in the 1988 range. Iíve got one too.
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This is not my bike, but I stopped to pick up another bike and saw this Cannondale hanging in the seller's garage. It was acquired in a police raid on a crack house. Not sure how he came to have it, but it had a rattle in the frame. Upon closer look, he found a bullet hole in the top tube. In this picture, the bike is hanging vertically. It appeared to be a Cipollini Saeco replica. The rattle turned out to be a bullet fragment. Looked like a nice bike otherwise, and certainly had street cred.
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1989, but a 60cm so a hair too tall. Currently posted for sale locally because Iíve got my eye on something else.
Based on the condition and original tires that were on it Iím sure I put more miles on it last summer during five workday lunchtime rides than it had put on by previous owners (I could be wrong).
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Slightspeed,
While I don’t normally like dents or holes in my bikes, I’d be okay with the bullet hole.
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