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Old 06-07-11, 07:46 PM
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Those ST's are friggin' gorgeous. However, I would still recommend the early crit (SR). Really, get the right fit and it's not all that twitchy. I have bikes that are waaaaay twitcher.
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Old 06-07-11, 07:47 PM
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Great lookin' banana! What year is it?
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Great lookin' banana! What year is it?
It's a 1987. Did a little writeup on it in another thread. https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ana-Cannondale

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shin did still have the black lightening with the cantilever dropout or whatever. It was on the stand when I was there a few months ago. Sounds like you're not but if you were interested I can probably get a hold of him for you if he isnt answering pms.
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Old 06-07-11, 09:01 PM
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ZB, I have one of each in crit and road geometry. The crit frame is just as stable, at least well into the upper 40 MPH range as the road. The crit bike will hammer a turn harder than the road frame, but gives no warning when the limits are approaching (ie. a handlebar wiggle) so either one rides a crit frame through a turn really fast or low sides.

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Old 06-07-11, 09:39 PM
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I too thought that the Cannondales were great bikes when I first saw them. A few years later in 1990, I was able to replace a very worn Schwinn Varsity with a new SR300. The components were upgraded to Campy Athena and Chorus a few years later and I am still riding that Cannondale with only a few modifications since then.
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Old 06-07-11, 09:45 PM
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I'm going to go ahead and toss this in here because you guys seem like the people to get advice form. I'm looking at this older 89 Specialized Sirrus on my local craigslist, wondered what you guys could tell me about it? Much appreciated.


https://orlando.craigslist.org/bik/2425143723.html
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I'll throw another vote for the crit.
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This thread is getting me all excited. I have already converted my SR to 8-speed Shimano 600 DT's. May be time to upgrade to Ultegra 9's and STI's.
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This thread is getting me all excited. I have already converted my SR to 8-speed Shimano 600 DT's. May be time to upgrade to Ultegra 9's and STI's.
For some reason, they're really fun to do brifter conversions on. I've done the conversion on 2 vintage dales before. I want to build one up with a partial Campy mirage group I have lying around just for the hell of it.
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Wet Noodle? I got your wet noodle right here. The Italian that started it all!



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The reality is that a Cannondale is stiff, certainly. However, it most certainly is not overly or uncomfortably stiff. It is also not a wet noodle like a lugged steel lightweight.
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Originally Posted by UCF Eric View Post
I'm going to go ahead and toss this in here because you guys seem like the people to get advice form. I'm looking at this older 89 Specialized Sirrus on my local craigslist, wondered what you guys could tell me about it? Much appreciated.


https://orlando.craigslist.org/bik/2425143723.html
WRT the Cannondale thread, this bike is an apples/oranges comparo, price is too high IMHO.

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Old 06-08-11, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Puget Pounder View Post
For some reason, they're really fun to do brifter conversions on. I've done the conversion on 2 vintage dales before. I want to build one up with a partial Campy mirage group I have lying around just for the hell of it.

I agree, integrated shifters are just a natural for these old frames. I went retro and replaced the integrated shifters (600 for one, Ultegra for the other) to DT shifters... still alot of fun. I'm seriously thinking about a Ergo conversion, possibly full Chorus 10S... we'll see.

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Boy I sure do like this...looks great in yellow.



I just feel like the majority of my bikes are sport touring geometry....being that these are much stiffer than a steel sport tourer, would you say the Cannondale ST rides similarly to other Sport Tourers or more like a 70's steel roadie?

how big a tire you think would fit on an ST frame?
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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox View Post
Boy I sure do like this...looks great in yellow.
Looks better in person.

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how big a tire you think would fit on an ST frame?
There's not much clearance in the rear. I'm running 27x1" and there's not a whole lot of room left over. Really don't think I could fit a 1-1/4" in there. Stock was 1-1/8". Although if you 'choked down' from 27" to 700c you could probably do the 32mm.

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Old 06-08-11, 02:29 PM
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Here's my conversion:

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Did someone say black lightning?
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crap I want a black lightning so bad...
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You can fit a 25 in there,maybe a 28. That's about it...
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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox
how big a tire you think would fit on an ST frame?

I have 700x32's on my ST400, with 45mm fenders
As far as brakes are concerned, Tektro R536 double pivot calipers are available with the old style nut configuration from Amazon for about $22.00 ea (F or R)
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I've had a bunch, and always got them for $200 or less. Nice bikes with a harsher than average ride, and a good resale value if you don't like them. I doubt you'll have a hard time finding one.
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What about an '87 SR400 Team Comp? Anything good about them?
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Here's a nice CAAD 4 I built up for a friend about a year back. Unfortunately I can't find the picks of the complete bike, just the frameset. It was raced by a professional female rider.
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What about an '87 SR400 Team Comp? Anything good about them?
I refurbished one for a friend this summer. The components were servicable suntour but nothing special. Reminded me of the shimano exage stuff that came on late 80's schwinns. The ride was nice and balanced, though. Maybe not a race frame but fast and easy riding. The Sun rims seemed crazy narrow so if you want to run bigger tires you may want different wheels.
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Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
I refurbished one for a friend this summer. The components were servicable suntour but nothing special. Reminded me of the shimano exage stuff that came on late 80's schwinns. The ride was nice and balanced, though. Maybe not a race frame but fast and easy riding. The Sun rims seemed crazy narrow so if you want to run bigger tires you may want different wheels.
Thats cool. And no biggie on the wheels as the one im getting doesnt have any!
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