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Old 07-31-23, 02:19 PM
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'97 f1000


Last year I picked up an '86 Cannondale hybrid and couldn't believe the beautiful welds on the aluminum frame. Gorgeous. Now I find myself browsing the classifieds looking for old Cannondales at bargain prices.
When I saw this '97 F1000 local I had to have it. And get this, mine is the ONLY bike in Cannondale history to suffer a seized Head Shok. Yup, mine is the only one. Good thing it's already set up nicely for paved rail trails with smooth tires and cargo capacity, which is where I will ride it. S-Works cranks had me giggling, like 'how did you get here?' I dig the color, it's not Yellow it's not Orange it's Yeorange.
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Old 08-07-23, 03:20 PM
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Mostly wrapped up rebuilding my ST1000 today. It's been in disarray post-RAGBRAI 2022. I've made quite a few changes to that setup.

There's more gold accenting via the KMC chain, XC Pro cantis, and Sansin hubs. I used some clear black Nissen cable housing which doesn't call too much attention to itself while looking quite good. I delayed work while looking for Superbe Pro micro-ratcheting downtube shifters, but decided to use barcons until I find some (does anyone have a lead?). The wheelset and Superbe Pro pedals are from another ST1000 I found recently. I love the look of Suntour's endless band clamp, so I found a 31.8 band attached to a Sprint derailleur, then scored a NOS Cyclone MKII without a clamp to match the RD. 3x7 gearing, 50-42-28 x 13-30 freewheel. I love the hard edge of the fork crown versus an otherwise smooth frame. The 45mm VO faceted fenders really help emphasize that relationship. Brooks microfiber tape, SOMA replacement hoods for the Superbe levers. The seatpost and stem and bars are all by Nitto. The stem is original, with "Pat. Pending" on the little triangular wedge that the clamp bolt screws into. The only Shimano parts on the bike are the downtube cable stops.

Cables still need to be trimmed and capped at their final lengths. I think the current tires are 23 or 25mm which is way too narrow. I'm thinking 32mm GP 4 Seasons, or something similar. I'm usually a tan wall fan, but black tires work here, especially with the anodized rims. I also plan on changing the headset, these have a 26.4 crown race, yeah? The front cable hanger is a Ritchey (by Dia Compe) that has the TR logo carved into it, which is cool because those are also my initials. I have another in silver that I'll swap in when I change the headset. I'd been after the silver one for a while but they're absurdly priced on eBay ($100 min. usually) but lucked into one. I also have a third that's silver with the TR silkscreened onto it, but the logo is fading.






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Old 08-10-23, 06:00 AM
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95 M500 w Pepperoni fork. Effortlessly light weight
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Old 08-10-23, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Chuckk
60, 58, 56 (official) I've found that Cannondales fit and ride 1 or 2 cm smaller.
I have read that Cannondale measured their official size from the top of the BB to the top of the seat tube, and it seems to work.

2.8's ride good with the carbon or steel forks, but maybe not so much with aluminum.
The frames are a joy to look at with all the manipulated tubing, pretty special back then.
I had no issues with the ride (comfort) of my 2.8 with aluminum fork - but maybe I just didn’t know better

( I rode aluminum, OCLV carbon, and steel road bikes at the time - they all rode similar ... choice of tires seemed to make the most difference ... ? ... but in my small sizes (53cm Cannondales, 52cm Trek OCLV, small (?) lugged Columbus SL tubed Schwinn Peloton) maybe that is to be expected (?)

I did have another issue with the fork however - it was twisted ... had not crashed the bike so apparently it was built that way

the aluminum fork on my 3.0 was fine (it was later checked)

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Old 08-12-23, 05:06 PM
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1986 sr800

Size 58. It came to me with TTT 38cm bars and 90mm stem. Now has Cinelli stem and bars. Also came with Superbe Pro hubs on Saturae rims instead of the GP4s. I have plans to change that. I'd worry about finding Superbe Pro pedals if Eroica CA permitted Cannondales

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Well,
This one is vintage …
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Old 08-19-23, 08:11 PM
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I've been meaning to post an in-the-wild shot of these two.
Great do-it-all bikes, plenty of room for tires, and light as well.
1996 T400
cheers -mathias
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Shows Us Your Older Cannondales

About it? I want to see the pride of Bedford, PA. Any takers?
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My 85’ ST400 converted to indexed 10 speed drive train.








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Originally Posted by fender1
My 85’ ST400 converted to indexed 10 speed drive train.




snip . . .
This is mine; I'm running 3 x 7

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Old 09-17-23, 08:18 AM
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'85 SR500 (CC date code)

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Old 09-17-23, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by hazetguy
'85 SR500 (CC date code)

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Mine has a 1989 serial number, but it has 1990 features. It has six speed Accu-Shift and an SR Oval Tech crankset.

Cannondale ST400
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Old 09-17-23, 11:05 AM
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Repeat offender here: One of the twin T400s from a few posts up was pressed into road service for the 350 mile DALMAC ride from Lansing, MI to the Mackinac bridge.
I had planned to ride a Motobécane Grand Touring but it popped a spoke a week before the start, and I decided to play it safe and take a known-good bike.
Much like my ST600, these do just about anything well, with the T400 probably being the better tourer, and the ST a little more lively. But these are nits.
I swapped in a different front wheel and mounted 32 mm GP5000s, pumped to sixty or seventy pounds. It was a lovely ride even over deteriorated pavement.

Shown here on the shore of Lake Michigan, approx SW of the Bridge. A wonderful riding day with 20 mph tailwinds.

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R900 I built up many years ago, when I had just discovered that old racing bikes were fun, and didn't yet know what "drive side pics" were.

Took it out for quite a few long rides, but man, it was harsh. The old and hard 20mm or so tires didn't help, and neither did the small frame size and the flat-ish bars.

The frame is still somewhere in my garage:

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R900 I built up many years ago, when I had just discovered that old racing bikes were fun, and didn't yet know what "drive side pics" were.

Took it out for quite a few long rides, but man, it was harsh. The old and hard 20mm or so tires didn't help, and neither did the small frame size and the flat-ish bars.

The frame is still somewhere in my garage:

Yes, ultra-short-wheelbase (criterium-geometry) bikes can feel harsh (especially when the bike is obviously too small for you, as shown).

My criterium-geometry Bianchi Specialissima was at least as harsh-riding as any Cannondale Crit Series bike I ever rode. Thank goodness all the companies pushing crit-geometry bikes (i.e., Cannondale and Italian companies and a few others) eventually switched back to less punishing designs.
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Great job on the conversion! It looks very natural.
Which crankset is this?

Originally Posted by fender1
My 85’ ST400 converted to indexed 10 speed drive train.

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Originally Posted by Rooney
Great job on the conversion! It looks very natural.
Which crankset is this?
Thanks!

This no name crankset from ebay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/284241938033

I swapped the stock rings for a set of Sugino 46/34 rings that I had. The crankset takes a 103mm bb and needed its pedal threads chased. It looked like a demo of some kind.
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Michigan State University has its own bike shop. It's not a co-op but it has some similarities -- one of them being that people bring in bicycles to donate.

So someone brought in two Cannondales -- his & hers. Let's start with hers, which is cool enough in its own right. It even came with its spec sheet! It's a seriously tiny frame and I think it's cute as a button. I'd' buy it for my 5 foot nothing kid if it were an ST... she already has a Terry style tiny road bike that we got from the same place. To be continued....


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But the donation that REALLY blew up my skirt is this originally equipped, super cool 1986 ST600. Cool to me, anyway.




Sorry about the partial sun -- best I could do with customers coming in and out. This puppy is straight out of the catalog:



[Thank you, vintagecannondale.com!]


And the reason I'm so stoked about this find is shown in the image below.
The twenty-five-incher in front is mine

It's a good thing the 23" one wasn't for sale, because an employee already bought it.
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I need another Cannondale the way I need mumps.

Check it out.
cheers -mathias

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