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Old 11-18-17, 08:50 PM
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New R900 but missing a part

Not sure if this meets the definition of C&V, but I picked up a ‘97 Cannondale CAD3 R900 recently. It caught my eye since it has brifters. My other two bikes have DT shifters, a 93 Cannondale R500 & a 88 Centurion Dave Scott Expert. After some cleaning, it polished up nicely. It appears to be pretty close to original with the exception of some changes to the cable stops on the down tube for the shifters. The stops had a concave back while the bosses were flat. I was able to order new flat bosses but I realized that one boss was missing a black washer. (See pic) The washer locks the stop from twisting on the boss. I thought I might be able to fabricate a washer out of a normal nylon washer from Home Depot but the washer has a raised square block to lock the cable stop. If anyone has any suggestions on where to get one or if they have one on an old frame, I would be interested in working something out.

On another note, the 1997 Vintage Cannondale catalog shows that the fork spec’d on this model was a Cannondale carbon fiber. Mine has a Kestrel fork. Every pic of a R900, limited in number as they are, that I have Googled has the same fork as mine. Does anyone know which fork was originally produced with the bike? Would Cannondale have swapped to the Kestrel fork during production? Thanks for any assistance.
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My parts box may have the exact Cannondale part you need, so I'll look.

I've never seen a Cannondale with an OEM Kestrel fork. My take is that many of the kidney-bleed inducing Cannondales of the era were switched over, and the 1" threaded Kestrel forks were (and are) widely available.

That is quite the assembly to work on. Be very patient. It's hard to get tight unless you're thinking right.
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I had one of the same era for many years, bought new by my dad, and handed down to me. The original carbon fork that the bike came with didn’t last long, we fitted a Kestrel fork and it was an improvement.
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Thanks Mr. Tunes! I’ve asked around the LBSs & even dug through the local bike co-op parts bin with no success. I’ve started to fabricate a washer from some nylon washers from the hardware store. Fitting the washer to the frame boss wasn’t a challenge since I just had to match the drilled holes in the existing washer to new washer. However, epoxying a cut square section to sit on the first washer has me concerned as to the longevity of this solution.

As FYI, I enjoyed reading the thread “For the Love of 80’s Paint Jobs” which led me to drink the Koolaid and get my Ironman. I just need to get my act together & post my bike in the thread. Got to say that the Expert is a wonderful ride!
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My take is that many of the kidney-bleed inducing Cannondales of the era were switched over, and the 1" threaded Kestrel forks were (and are) widely available.
This is 100% true. I have a 1988 David Phinney Criterium series frame. Won the first race I ever entered while on that thing, and did many crits on it as well. But the ride is very punishing on that frame, I'm a-scared of it. Especially for rides lasting anything longer than an hour or so. Right now, it sits in the corner while I decide what to do with it.

Old Cannondales get a lot of respect around here, which is nice to see, but those things are torture machines on skinny tires with a steel fork and rigid wheels. You have to take great care in setting up a bike like that properly, in order to avoid the punishing ride. A carbon fork is probably first on the to-do list ...

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Very sweet looking C'Dale, I have an R500T, '97, my daughter uses. The Kestrel fork is an upgrade from the stock unit, use it in good health. I enjoy the ride these Dales have, personally. But, I am a strange bird.

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Thanks Bill...I'm in the same corner with you on C'dales. It is probably just my lack of experience with other frames since I owned my first bike (1993 R500 with a 3.0 frame) for nearly 25 years before I got the Centurion, but I never really had the impression that R500 rode harsh. It was stiff and transferred power readily to the wheels, but I also may have just been blessed with good roads to ride on and didn't notice. I'm looking forward to the R900 once I get it sorted. I've located someone selling some Ultegra pedals (PD-6620) for $20 which should complement the other components on the bike and will give me the opportunity to give it a test ride around the neighborhood.
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I'll be in my garage today, will check on that "post" assembly.
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