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1989 Cannondale 3.0 CR300 finished

Old 09-18-10, 09:46 PM
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1989 Cannondale 3.0 CR300 finished

Hi All, Finished my rat bike. Most everything came from the junk/parts bin with the goal of making a minimalist geared bike... I thought about a SS, but that may've been too much for my knee.

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Old 09-19-10, 03:07 AM
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Well done. Very sharp! I'd hardly call it a Rat!

What does the "C" in "CR" designate? Are you running the original components? What are they?

I picked up a '93 R600 2.8 this week and have been cleaning, polishing, prepping it to my hearts content! It's set up for criterion racing with a 11-21 8 speed cassette and a 53X42 crankset. All Shimano 105 gear. For now I'm keeping it all original, but with this gearing it won't be ridden much here in the mountains. It is a beautiful bike.
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First, thanks for the compliments!

Bob, The 'C' stood for Criterium. This model had a slightly increased head tube angle and a non tapered downtube. The CR, being a fairly low volumn model, was dropped when the 2.8 debuted, IIRC. I call it a rat bike because it was actually used to race and the paint has it's full fair share of scratches and I opted not to refinish.

There were three levels of CR in '89. The 300 designated it was sold as just the frameset. On it's fourth build I rebuilt it many years ago with a 8S 600 group and I have the same gearing as you... not too tough for the gently rolling hills I have, but I use my 2.8's triple if I'm going to ride any steep hills. (BTW, if you have similar satin finished rims on your 2.8, I used elbow grease, acetone and a fine scotchbrite pad on the CXP10 rims to remove the old pad material and the results were much better than I had expected, if you'd like to try it.) This build was more like a half build to make it a more 'smell the flowers' kind of bike, swapping out the bars and saddle and tossing the computer, aerobars and brifters.

rccardr, Looking forward to seeing more of your Cannondale restorations.

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Nice bike. I have an '89 R700. It came with Suntour GPX components and a 7 speed freewheel rear hub. I did not know there was an 8 speed casette hub that fit in the 126 mm rear spacing. Can you tell me what hub you have. I would like to find a used hub or wheel to do a low cost upgrade.
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wants185s, The 8S is 130 mm spacing and all that's needed is to pull the chainstays apart when installing. It is a bit stiff to work with when R and R'g the rear, but really no big deal. I have Shimano 600/Ultegra hubs.

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PS Just curious... Does your bike have an aluminum or steel front fork? What your manufacture date (numerals 3-8 in the s/n)? '89 was the debut year for the aluminum fork, but mine is a Feb.1989 bike and has a left over steel fork.

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