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Old 12-08-21, 09:28 PM
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The frame is aluminum, Colonel. It's odd that the 1989 catalog specs an aluminum fork for these. However, I just stuck a magnet to my fork?..
I will be keen to hear of your impressions of the bike after riding it for a while.

Very nice looking bike.
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Old 12-09-21, 12:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Roger M View Post
The frame is aluminum, Colonel. It's odd that the 1989 catalog specs an aluminum fork for these. However, I just stuck a magnet to my fork?..
I thought your fork looked odd. That is, if custom (and locally built), fully a Davidson offering. The 3.0 frames were a solid next generation for Cannondale, thus, to me, it makes sense to have the cantilevered chain stays and fully aluminum fork. There would be branding indicating the fork was a Cannondale aluminum unit, and additionally there would be part lines delineating the fork crown from the blades (slotted fit, then glued/welded/bonded/whatever they did). @ColonelSanders I have always found aluminum-forked Cannondales to ride just fine. I've ridden plenty of cheap and nice steel forks that were harsh. As always, a comfortable fit on one's bike along with not-sky-high tire pressure (and larger tires than 20mm) go a long way to help with things. IIRC I could fit 28s underneath the brakes and fork, if only just. Would have to buy another one to test that out, but they weren't same-era Specializeds and Treks that would hard cap things at 23mm.
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Old 12-09-21, 06:19 AM
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As I look through this thread, I suddenly feel short.

My own inadequacy aside, I'm thrilled to see this:

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Jerseys, bibs, and a pair of gloves. Some new with tags.
If the "Tweed Run" ever makes it to your part of the world, arrive in tweed, whip it off to reveal your cromulent "Jelly Belly" jersey, and watch your fellow-cyclists gasp and drop their lorgnettes.
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You have had some great builds this year Roger and I can't wait to see how this one turns out. I assume you will build it up more as a skinny tired racer.

I like the burgundy color better than Cannondale's red.
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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel View Post
I thought your fork looked odd. That is, if custom (and locally built), fully a Davidson offering. The 3.0 frames were a solid next generation for Cannondale, thus, to me, it makes sense to have the cantilevered chain stays and fully aluminum fork. There would be branding indicating the fork was a Cannondale aluminum unit, and additionally there would be part lines delineating the fork crown from the blades (slotted fit, then glued/welded/bonded/whatever they did). @ColonelSanders I have always found aluminum-forked Cannondales to ride just fine. I've ridden plenty of cheap and nice steel forks that were harsh. As always, a comfortable fit on one's bike along with not-sky-high tire pressure (and larger tires than 20mm) go a long way to help with things. IIRC I could fit 28s underneath the brakes and fork, if only just. Would have to buy another one to test that out, but they weren't same-era Specializeds and Treks that would hard cap things at 23mm.
This bike spent its life on the east coast. I don't know what the story is on the fork. It looks Luke a decent replacement. Also, I don't see any signs of a front end impact on the frame(but these are pretty stout, and I'm sure the fork would fold before the frame..).

Moving on, I found a 7410 front derailleur in one of my bins. It has some scuff marks on the chrome, but it will pass for now.

I've been back and forth over the 7700 integrated shifter/brake levers. I don't particularly like the exposed shift cable look. However, these Dura Ace pieces are really nice looking and shift well. I have a set of 7700 bar ends, but for now I'm going with the sti levers.



I'm assuming 7700 sti levers will shift this just fine?

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Old 12-14-21, 07:02 PM
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So.

A lack of patience pushed this project to the finished column. I am not a fan of the bars, but I don't have any wide replacements at the moment. Maybe come spring,I will get some more conventional drop bars.

I used stuff that I had on hand, so no money was spent on the overhaul. I put tanwall tires on, but black tires will probably go on at some point. It cleaned up pretty good, and I can tell the original owner took good care of this bike.

I didn't have time to get a bunch of photos before dark, so here it is for now.

Parts list:

66cm 1989 SR series frame with a later added steel fork
Shifters-7700
Rear derailleur-7700
Front derailleur-7410
Crankset-7410 175mm
Bottom bracket-7410
Brakes-Mavic
Headset-Mavic
Hubs-7700
Rims-Open Pro SUP ceramic
Tires-Veloflex Master 25
post Control Tech
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Here's a few pictures. I will adjust and trim cables when I get it out for a ride soon.



The downtube is something I can't get over on these bikes. It looks twice the diameter of a typical steel frame.


The fork is not an original piece. Not sure who manufactured it.
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That bike got upscale treatment, with Dura ace and Mavic components… Woo hoo
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Old 12-15-21, 06:37 PM
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These skewers were in the included toolbox. I thought about putting them on, but they're new. For now, they'll stay in the box..

The unbranded ti skewers will have to suffice.

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Your fork is traditional all steel. I don't know what the specs are but steel is the only metal that can be made so slim and be something you'd want to ride.

I also paid attention to Cannondales from the beginning because they claimed the tubing concept was theirs. Not. I rode a Klein in 1976.
If the Cannondales had anything besides a traditional fork, I'd have heard and noticed.

That said, nice bike!
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Old 12-15-21, 08:03 PM
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That is a Large Bicycle.
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Your fork is traditional all steel. I don't know what the specs are but steel is the only metal that can be made so slim and be something you'd want to ride.

I also paid attention to Cannondales from the beginning because they claimed the tubing concept was theirs. Not. I rode a Klein in 1976.
If the Cannondales had anything besides a traditional fork, I'd have heard and noticed.

That said, nice bike!
Thanks.

Going off the 1989 catalog, the SR series frames were specd with aluminum forks. Mine holds a magnet, so it isn't original.


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Thanks.

Going off the 1989 catalog, the SR series frames were specd with aluminum forks. Mine holds a magnet, so it isn't original.


Now I really miss my ‘90 with the criterium frame. Hope the build goes well for you!

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