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Barn find of sorts. Spec's as a 1986 (?) Cannondale Black Lightning but no decal

Old 08-10-21, 11:46 AM
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Barn find of sorts. Spec's as a 1986 (?) Cannondale Black Lightning but no decal

Literally sitting in my car with a bike that sat for ten years inside a house, so it's a house find really

Nice guy, owned and not ridden for ten years, needs a tune up and deep cleaning. Got for a steal at $150.

Spec's are identical to a black lightning of this vintage but yet no black lightning sitcker set on the chainstay and nitto stem side.

I see one on fleabay, same specs, says it's rare. I've hunted this small frame BL for weeks, would love to know more.

Will post after pics.





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Awesome find. Excited to see this one cleaned up!
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It’s a pre-Black Lightning, they weren’t labeled yet. Nice find
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So excited!!! This is my second 1986, my other is an R400, as soon as I restored that one I was hooked on finding a Black Lightning and boy did I luck out!!!!


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Awesome find. Excited to see this one cleaned up!
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It’s a pre-Black Lightning, they weren’t labeled yet. Nice find

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Terrific score. Cannondales of that era are as historically significant as any Italian marques. For doubters, here's ace pro sprinter Mario Cipollini offering an unsolicited testimonial to a cameraman during a stage of the 1997 Tour de France:

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I like the black Superbe Pro components. I hope they can be cleaned up nicely.
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Same model, pre BL

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Can...-127632-2357-0
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I like the black Superbe Pro components. I hope they can be cleaned up nicely.
Looks all good, some scratches on the rear derailleur, hoping the chain is th black and gold affair, and that I can restore that. The chain on that early BL always stood out to me.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
Terrific score. Cannondales of that era are as historically significant as any Italian marques. For doubters, here's ace pro sprinter Mario Cipollini offering an unsolicited testimonial to a cameraman during a stage of the 1997 Tour de France:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUb--qAT7Aw
Love this.
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Yes, it's a rare one..few equipped with Gold S.S.P. parts.
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Yes, it's a rare one..few equipped with Gold S.S.P. parts.
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the grime slowly fades ..
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1986 catalog appearance of the special edition SR800 before the name Black Lightning


1986 catalog names it an SR800

And in 1987, the Black Lightning appears.
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Yes, it's a rare one..few equipped with Gold S.S.P. parts.
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https://www.disraeligears.co.uk/site...leur_5200.html
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the grime slowly fades ..
Nice...needs consumables and a lube...great find.
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Originally Posted by xiaoman1 View Post
Nice...needs consumables and a lube...great find.
So stoked. Gonna outfit it with black silicone bar tape, some black wall tires, put the Cinelli in the closet and look for an all black saddle that is suitable.
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So stoked. Gonna outfit it with black silicone bar tape, some black wall tires, put the Cinelli in the closet and look for an all black saddle that is suitable.
On second thought, if I can get a nice finish on this leather back, I'll keep the Cinelli, sweet seat that Volare SLX.
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Guess that 04/22/1986 was small frame welding day at CDale.

Here mine, SR800, got as frameset only in fall of '86. Been rebuilt many times, with various drivetrains and setups. Still one of my usual rides.
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Originally Posted by KCT1986 View Post

Guess that 04/22/1986 was small frame welding day at CDale.

Here mine, SR800, got as frameset only in fall of '86. Been rebuilt many times, with various drivetrains and setups. Still one of my usual rides.
I ride a 54 and a 56 usually, when I bought my son a 49, I was surprised how much I liked the smaller frame, I'm 5'8.759999" on a good day, with a 29" inseam and a fairly long torso and wide shoulders, heavyweight at 250 at my worst which is when I need to ride the most.

I have a small MTB frame that I love, as long as I can get a good reach and seat height I'll be fine on this. May need a new stem, but good luck trying to find a long reach black nitto quill.
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Originally Posted by KCT1986 View Post

Guess that 04/22/1986 was small frame welding day at CDale.

Here mine, SR800, got as frameset only in fall of '86. Been rebuilt many times, with various drivetrains and setups. Still one of my usual rides.
Wow! I just now see what you mean, both our rides were made on the same day! That isn't a stock Canny paint job in salmon pink I reckon.
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Wow! I just now see what you mean, both our rides were made on the same day! That isn't a stock Canny paint job in salmon pink I reckon.
Stock paint, called Coral, pink with a touch of orange tint. Still trying to figure out how to get a good color match. Welcome help from anyone who might be able to assist on a color source.
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Cleaning up nicely...

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I like the black Superbe Pro components. I hope they can be cleaned up nicely.



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Originally Posted by StuBotNYC View Post
I ride a 54 and a 56 usually, when I bought my son a 49, I was surprised how much I liked the smaller frame, I'm 5'8.759999" on a good day, with a 29" inseam and a fairly long torso and wide shoulders, heavyweight at 250 at my worst which is when I need to ride the most.

I have a small MTB frame that I love, as long as I can get a good reach and seat height I'll be fine on this. May need a new stem, but good luck trying to find a long reach black nitto quill.
When fitting this frame be aware that the seat tube angle is quite steep so you may need to adjust for that. Get your seat positioned in relation to the BB first before assessing the reach. Depending on leg length you may need a seat post that allows you to push the saddle back, in black of course.

Also, if you plan to fit 2 water bottles, note that the placement of the braze-on are not ideal. Depending on the cage fitting, the 2 bottles may clash. Need to get cages that sit as close to the tubes as possible. Downtube cage needs to be as high as possible and seat tube cage really close to the tube.

Rear is little tight to fit large tires. The rear brake area doesn't give much room.

Looking good so far!
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I am running 28mm tires on my ‘86 SR400.

Can only get 25’s on my ‘88 Criterium.

John
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Originally Posted by KCT1986 View Post
When fitting this frame be aware that the seat tube angle is quite steep so you may need to adjust for that. Get your seat positioned in relation to the BB first before assessing the reach. Depending on leg length you may need a seat post that allows you to push the saddle back, in black of course.

Also, if you plan to fit 2 water bottles, note that the placement of the braze-on are not ideal. Depending on the cage fitting, the 2 bottles may clash. Need to get cages that sit as close to the tubes as possible. Downtube cage needs to be as high as possible and seat tube cage really close to the tube.

Rear is little tight to fit large tires. The rear brake area doesn't give much room.

Looking good so far!

Thank you! And thanks for all the great advice. I have a 29" inseam I think 34" on the arms, also have a significant shoulder injury I need to get fixed, limits my left arm height reach but am lucky it doesn't stop my drumming or cycling, just lazyness does.

My wife said if.infixed up our house as fast as I restore a bike were all set.
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Old 08-12-21, 08:28 AM
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I am running 28mm tires on my 86 SR400.

Can only get 25s on my 88 Criterium.

John
I just ordered gatorskin 28mm hope they fit!
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