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Cannondale ST400 v2.0


Old 04-10-10, 11:27 PM
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Cannondale ST400 v2.0

Ok, I did it. I am ashamed. I went to index shifting.

I built up my Cannondale ST400 last year as a Rando bike.

Earlier this year I decided I needed to get the SR300 back on the road for some shorter, faster training runs, Now I have wheels for it (The SR300) but I am tired of regreasing them every time the dust blows (they are some 1983 Nuovo Tipo Gran Sport hubs) but I refuse to dismantle since they are the very first set of wheels I built. So that leaves me with building some new ones. Ok I thought, find a couple of 126 sealed bearing hubs, I found an old Mavic 501, nice hub but it is spaced to 130, well crumbs, at 130 I might as well go with a cassette hub. And I wanted to but on a straight block so I could get a nice tight gearing. Then I have this compact crank that will allow my legs to do that, so... etc., etc., etc. To make a long story short I decide to rebuild the SR300 with a 10s setup and a compact crank. But the SR300 only takes 28c's as the largest tire and I want to swap the wheels out for my riding depending on what is going on (that is swap them between the SR300 and the ST400) and that means they both have to have similar setups. And I have the MS150 coming up so I think I might need more than the 24 I have in the back so i need to build some wheels pronto. So i do...

And so I gather up the parts. The kicker is I refuse to ditch the downtube shifters, I love and the work for me. But that doesn't leave me alot of options here since Campy stopped making them. I tried to get a couple of 9s DT and maybe change to the index piece in them but I just could afford it. Enter some on sale Shimano SL-7900 ST shifters and the Jtek Shiftmate ( I am glad they are back to selling again. I need to order one more for the SR300 now).

So last night I spent cleaning the ride and converting it over to index shifting. I learned one important thing. Read the instructions the come with your Shiftmate... I spent an hour wondering why it would shift, 30 minutes looking for different options on the internet, then 15 minutes pulling the instructions out and fixing the problem.

So here it is.

And I took it out today on its inaugural ride in the rain (picture is a link to the ride)

The J-tek works great, the indexing is spot on. I still miss my gear ratios I had so I might find another compact crank to put on this and then keep a 13-29 cassette around for any hill rides I might have to do. Running a compact would also clear up the chain line on the triple that is so bad. Overall I am really happy with it and will be even more happy when I get the SR300 together also.

Here is the lineup:
1986 Cannondale ST400
Campagnolo SR long reach brakes
Modolo brake levers
Nitto Noodle bar 42cm
Brooks wrappings
Nitto Technomic stem
Velo Orange Grand Cru Headset
Campagnolo Veloce 30/42/52 triple crankset (EXA Drive)
Phil Wood BB
Campagnolo Veloce 10s chain
Campagnolo Veloce 10s Cassette 13-26 (Ultra Drive)
Campagnolo Record Front Derailleur
Campagnolo Centaur Read Derailleur (med cage)
Campagnolo Veloce Hubs
Mavic Open Pro Rims (Also have A719's for everyday riding)
Wheelsmith spokes.
Campagnolo seatpost
Selle An-Atomica saddle
J-Tek Shiftmate #3
1984 Cannondale ST
1985 Cannondale SR300
1980 Gary Littlejohn Cruiser
1984 Trek 760
1981 Trek 710
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great looking Cannondale.
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Blue and brown, one of my favorite color combos for bikes, followed closely by green/brown, and orange/brown. That is a correct statement, GREAT
looking Cannondale!,,,,BD
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