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Old 11-15-18, 06:54 PM
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First Generation Cannondale SR Model restore

Back in the 80s I managed the largest Cannondale dealership in the midwest. The SR series came out the second year that offered the Criterium geometry. Alll the frames were the same. Back then I painted one Dark forest green and put campy on it. I am now replicating that bicycle. Here are some pics.
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Full Super/Nuovo record group. Large flange hubs, Mavics, Vittoria Corso, Brooks, Cinelli. Yellow decals. Need to build some wheels and the rest should go fast.




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That silver NV Record crank against the dark forest green is sublime.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
That silver NV Record crank against the dark forest green is sublime.
It really pops doesnt it. Thanks. The large flange Campy hubs all polished up does the same!
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Great color. If I ever decide to refinish my ST600, thatís pretty close to what I have in mind.
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About what year did those frames come out? Is it steel or aluminum?

its a great color.
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I have always thought the visual juxtaposition of the "future" aluminum Cannondale framesets and the current/but old world "past" that was Campagnolo NR/SR was/is very intriguing. A bit bizarre, especially in red as were some of the SR900s of the period. The fact that this bike is a deep forest green metallic works incredibly well with the admittedly glowing Campy components. This will be a treat to behold. I can't wait to see it!
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Not to nitpick, but the first SR series bikes- particularly the SR900- came out in 1985. They had metal top tube cable guides.
The frame above- which is gorgeous, BTW- appears to be from a later model year with plastic top tube cable guides.
Looking forward to seeing this finished build!
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
Not to nitpick, but the first SR series bikes- particularly the SR900- came out in 1985. They had metal top tube cable guides.
The frame above- which is gorgeous, BTW- appears to be from a later model year with plastic top tube cable guides.
Looking forward to seeing this finished build!
You are correct.. However this is still considered the first generation. Small changes were made. Next gen was the Criterium 3.0 frameset. with the skinny seat stays pushed forward on the replaceable drops. I have new plastic cable guides but having a hard time pushing that pin in to lock them into place.

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John, wow on the museum! The shop is tidy too-

Anyways, neat project and especially for you riding down memory lane. I would think you have the decal of the shop you managed??

A friend of mine had what I believe an SR300. Radical for the time and unforgiving stiff vs. steel. Plus weighed in the range of carbon tube - ally lugged glued bikes. The first time I sample rode it was a transformation. The thought process of what 'fast SHOULD be like' - they always feel this way. He had clinchers and hated fussing with tubulars. Narrow rubber was the in thing too. He was always pinch flatting...lol. Though never heard him complain while on century rides.

Paint-
Haven't looked at the catalog but was curious of the paint choice. Classy. I have on a '98 H300 Silk Path a similar metallic green. Can't trust the camera or monitor but they look very close.
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John, wow on the museum! The shop is tidy too-

Anyways, neat project and especially for you riding down memory lane. I would think you have the decal of the shop you managed??

A friend of mine had what I believe an SR300. Radical for the time and unforgiving stiff vs. steel. Plus weighed in the range of carbon tube - ally lugged glued bikes. The first time I sample rode it was a transformation. The thought process of what 'fast SHOULD be like' - they always feel this way. He had clinchers and hated fussing with tubulars. Narrow rubber was the in thing too. He was always pinch flatting...lol. Though never heard him complain while on century rides.

Paint-
Haven't looked at the catalog but was curious of the paint choice. Classy. I have on a '98 H300 Silk Path a similar metallic green. Can't trust the camera or monitor but they look very close.
Cheers!
Thanks for the interest! This started out life as an SR300 I believe. I still have the parts. The color choice was just a vision I had years ago. Brown tape, saddle etc. will look classy. When Cannondale came on the scene we had other brands, Schwinn, trek Miyata... But the Cannondale was revolutionary. Those of us that worshipped the occasional Klein that we came across gravitated to Cannondale, The frames were lighter and much stiffer. We were young, we didnt care that the ride was harsh. The only difference is that the one I made in the 80s had a triple campy crank and a long cage NR derailleur. Love the green!!
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I have new plastic cable guides but having a hard time pushing that pin in to lock them into place. JJ
I remove the pin from the assembly and lightly lubricate it, then insert using a flat blade screwdriver held close to the end, pressing down on the pin with the flat of the blade. A dime might work as well.

Protect the area around the cable guide with masking tape, just in case the blade slips. Cuz it will.
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I remove the pin from the assembly and lightly lubricate it, then insert using a flat blade screwdriver held close to the end, pressing down on the pin with the flat of the blade. A dime might work as well.

Protect the area around the cable guide with masking tape, just in case the blade slips. Cuz it will.
Thanks.. I have tried doing that however. Maybe im sheepish with it because I dont want to scratch...so ...Ill take our advise and protect the tube and try again. was thinking about actually sharpening the one side so it slides down easier..

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That's a good idea. Also might want to check if the interference is coming from the guide or the hole in the top tube. Sometimes a little paint will make it smaller...enough to be frustrating, anyway.
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I'm sure that's an issue I'll run a small drill bit through it and take that pain out . Thanks so much
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Originally Posted by jjhabbs View Post
Back in the 80s I managed the largest Cannondale dealership in the midwest.
Then you should remember the ad below from Bicycling Feb 1988. I can't remember being influenced by an advertisement more than this one. I was so geeked by the image that I bought the same red 1988 Cannondale SR800 shown in the ad. It instantly added 1-2 mph to my avg 25 mile triathlon speed. However, as advertised, it was the stiffest frame I ever rode. I remember being very uncomfortable on that bike at 60 miles. I pretty much took it up the 5-hole beyond that distance and dreaded any bumps in the road.
Also below are the specs for that bike as listed in the 1988 Bicycling Buyer's Guide.

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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
That silver NV Record crank against the dark forest green is sublime.
Seconded. I have an SR900 in red with really trashed paint and Iíve been wondering which way to go if I ever refinish it. I was looking at the catalogue thinking black paint, but this is inspiring
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That is fantastic.
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Seconded. I have an SR900 in red with really trashed paint and Iíve been wondering which way to go if I ever refinish it. I was looking at the catalogue thinking black paint, but this is inspiring
The great thing about a cannondale is that they paint up easy! Mine was powder coated. The problem with that was the thickness of the paint at the der hanger. I had to peel some of the paint back. I also had to replace the cable guides because mine were the plastic ones. It was very affordable. Just make sure that they mask the headtube, Bottom bracket and of course all the threaded areas.

Cost wise it was a great deal. Power coating was 125, Decals 11 and cable guides 35... The guides were a bit pricy but they were the only ones I could find.

Thanks for your interest.

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The great thing about a cannondale is that they paint up easy! Mine was powder coated. The problem with that was the thickness of the paint at the der hanger. I had to peel some of the paint back. I also had to replace the cable guides because mine were the plastic ones. It was very affordable. Just make sure that they mask the headtube, Bottom bracket and of course all the threaded areas.

Cost wise it was a great deal. Power coating was 125, Decals 11 and cable guides 35... The guides were a bit pricy but they were the only ones I could find.

Thanks for your interest.

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Thanks for the specifics & costs too. Iíd be ok on the cable guides with mine. Luckily there arenít too many decals for one to replace on these models. I hadnít even thought of that yet.
Thereís a place near here that does it and maybe Iíll see if theyíre in that ballpark; while I was originally gonna do it myself, that seems reasonable.
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