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Old 02-12-10, 12:04 PM
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I have recently bought a bike for my wife. It is a red aluminum cannondale race bike with yellow lettering. I cannot find any Cannondales that look like this bike on the cannondale sites. Can anyone help?
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Looks like late 1980s. It is possible to find old catalogs online ... don't have a link handy.
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Well, I gues that would depend on what you wife has to say about it, if shes cool with it maybe you should take it out to dinner and perhaps to a movie and see where how it progresses.
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Cannondale catalogs are available at;

https://www.vintagecannondale.com/catalog.html

I dated a Cannondale once, she was hard and very unforgiving.
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Probably 86-88 based on the components. Check this out https://www.vintagecannondale.com/catalog.html
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Well, if it's an 80's model, the decals aren't original. Those date to the '90's. It could be a repaint. Or it could be a 90's frame with an older component build. They dropped the cantilevered rear dropouts in '97, so check that year's catalog and later. The fork also looks funny. It's either been painted or it's not original. The frame could have been originally equipped with a 'headshock' fork, which was replaced at some point.
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Originally Posted by Milice
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Well, I gues that would depend on what you wife has to say about it, if shes cool with it maybe you should take it out to dinner and perhaps to a movie and see where how it progresses.
At last someone as immature as me.
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looks like a Saeco team replica, although that's a common C-dale paint scheme.

check out https://www.vintagecannondale.com/ and try to match it to one on there.
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C'dale serial number decoding:

https://www.vintagecannondale.com/info.html
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Old 02-12-10, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by JunkYardBike
Well, if it's an 80's model, the decals aren't original. Those date to the '90's. It could be a repaint. Or it could be a 90's frame with an older component build. They dropped the cantilevered rear dropouts in '97, so check that year's catalog and later. The fork also looks funny. It's either been painted or it's not original. The frame could have been originally equipped with a 'headshock' fork, which was replaced at some point.
The frame looks like a repaint. Look at the non-shaped tubing, the oval seat stay, the old style cable guides on the top tube and the big dented chain stay, this is pre-cantilevered dropouts. The steel fork is probably original.
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The serial number is on the bottom side of the non-drive chainstay. Get that number and post it here. Also a shot of the headbadge will help.
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Originally Posted by JunkYardBike
Well, if it's an 80's model, the decals aren't original. Those date to the '90's. It could be a repaint. Or it could be a 90's frame with an older component build. They dropped the cantilevered rear dropouts in '97, so check that year's catalog and later. The fork also looks funny. It's either been painted or it's not original. The frame could have been originally equipped with a 'headshock' fork, which was replaced at some point.
The OP bike is no later than an '89 model. The 80's non-cantelevered frames used an integral seatpost binder(which this bike has) while the '97+ bikes uses an external clamp to secure the seatpost(this bike does not have).
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I'd love to date your Cannondale, but my steel bikes would raise hell.
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Well, the pics ain't great, but...1986-87-88, 48 or 50cm frame, definitely a repaint/redecal. Fork might be original but can't tell with the pic quality. Shimano 600 group predates the frame, so it's a cobble job. Not that that's a bad thing, but you'll never find that bike listed in a Cannondale catalog. Bet it rides real nice...
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Originally Posted by rccardr
Well, the pics ain't great, but...1986-87-88, 48 or 50cm frame, definitely a repaint/redecal. Fork might be original but can't tell with the pic quality. Shimano 600 group predates the frame, so it's a cobble job. Not that that's a bad thing, but you'll never find that bike listed in a Cannondale catalog. Bet it rides real nice...
Actually the components look like 6 speed 600 SIS which came out 86 or 87 and ended by 88, which are period correct for the frame.
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Wow guys......thanks for all the responses....yeah I thought about the "date" thing afterwords and thought I should have chosen my words better. maybe it was a Freudian slip or something.....cause it sure is sweet. I went the vintage Cannondale site and the serial number is on the chainstay so that makes it a 1986-92 bike. I looked through all the catalogs and the decals are definitely not from those years. The serial number is blurred which indicates to me that the bike has been re-painted and decaled. The components are all 600 group from that same era except for the rear derailleur and the shifters which are Dura Ace. The rear derailleur is a native 7 speed and it only has a 6 speed cassette so I think that the deraileur was upgraded, probalbe the shifters too. The fork is rusted and likely not original also. It was badly coroded and the yellow is different than the lettering so I think that it was replaced also. Probably just a fork that was lying around. Maybe an accident caused the rear derailleur and fork to both get damaged?

Since I bought the bike I have been busy with it. I had the fork powder coated to match the lettering. I replaced the brakes with some newer Tektor dual pivots that I had laying around (better stopping power is more important than being accurate vvintage to me). New Tektro brake levers (these are better for riding from the hoods). I replaced the Brake cables and housing with new Jagwire teflon with silver finish on the housings (sweet!), New Yellow Bar tape and some all yellow tires (poor grade, but they look great).

All in all, it was probalby the best 200 bucks I have spent on the bike and the addtioanl parts totaled another 66. The powder coating was 20 so the grand total is under three hundered for a bike that is in perfect working condition with very little wear! I will post some photos of the completed project in the next couple of days.

My guess is, that it was a 86-88 SR600 judging from most of the components. But, I am not sure that without being able to get the serial number anyone will ever know. Oh....one last thing. THis is my wifes Valentines Day gift! I think that she will love it.
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those bottle cages look exactly like the one's for my campy aero bottle.
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I saw the title of the tread and I was thinking it must be a valentines day thing.
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Originally Posted by Milice
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Well, I gues that would depend on what you wife has to say about it, if shes cool with it maybe you should take it out to dinner and perhaps to a movie and see where how it progresses.
I came into this thread with the sole intention of making a similar comment, only to discover you'd beat me to the punch!
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Well, She says she loves it. I think it turned out really well. Now that she has had a chance to sit on it, it may be a little too big for her. Darn! Well I am still happy with the project.
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Fit her to it as best you can, let her ride it, if the fit turns out to not be ideal you can find something else. Long and short you have a wife looking to ride... do NOTHING to squash that
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