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1988 Cannondale Black Lightning

Old 10-04-14, 11:11 PM
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1988 Cannondale Black Lightning

Saw an ad for a vintage C-Dale, really liked the profile of the bike. For a 26 year old bike it rides very well.

Any ideas where I can get specs to upgrade crank, neck, forks? Thanks

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Use the search feature on this C&V forum. There are quite a few Cannondale and Black Lightning lovers here. I have a criterium frame identical to yours I'd built last winter. Fun, fast and handles like it's on rails.
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Most people buy a Black Lightening because it is a Black Lightening so most do not buy it and immediately upgrade things. If you like the profile of the bike why change the fork? I can understand a stem change for comfort but unless there is an issue with it I see little to be gained from a new fork.

Do you have any better pics of the bike? Is this the good '88 one with the blackened Suntour Superbe level kit or the later one with the cantilever dropouts and Blaze level kit?

I believe this is a mostly unmolested '88, although in rough shape

This is the later not quite as nice model.

Better pics and more details will let us know just which one you have. Does it fit? looks small but that could be the angle.

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I'm not sure the OP's bike is not just a black Cannondale. The top tube lettering is white, not gold, and the hubs, crank, stem, handlebar and looks like the seat post are all silver.
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The Black Lightning always had gold letter graphics. and IIRC, I think they always had the "Black Lightning" script on the drive side chainstay.
The Black Lightning will always be a favorite of Cannondale fans, and will just appreciate in value as the years go by. Changing out the stock components will moast likely affect it's value negatively, unless you splurge on a component group that's way above the level of what the bike came with stock. Plus most Black Lightning owners prefers them all original.
Other than it's typically harsh ride, that most owners seem to get used to anyway, the Imron paint's tendency to chip and scratch quite easily on the early ones are the only "known" negative traits on the bike.

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Thanks for the reply.

According to the vintage Cannondale site, this is a 1988 production bike with a 50 frame, production number 56.

It comes with Suntour Kit and yes it fits.

The ride may be describe as harsh but it reminds me of my Fuji Track Pro, which is very responsive.

If original was bike came with black neck and seat post then most likely the items are third party.

I would like to keep it as original as possible, but would definitely like to overhaul the crank set.

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