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Cannondale bike that I need identified

Old 08-23-12, 07:02 AM
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Cannondale bike that I need identified

Hi guys, my buddy wants to sell me this bike, we were wondering what it's worth,
Here are some specs. Wondering what tires would fit on it and if the hand made frames are any good. Please let me know

2005 Cannondale Optimo CycloCross with Cannondale Slice Ultra forks, Shimano Tiagra Shifters, 105 Derailleur
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here are pictures of the bike, it's been sitting in garage most of it's life,
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That's not a cyclocross frame, it's a road bike frame.
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ahh, so thats why i can't find alot of info on it, what tires would fit on the forks?
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can't be a road bike, look at this link, https://velospace.org/node/26696
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You are posting pictures of two different bikes. Which bike is it? The first photo was a road bike (look at the brakes) the second was a cross bike.

Cannondale used the Optimo tube set on both frames. The differences is in the geometry, tire clearance and fork.
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the bike im talking about is the one on the 2 pictures i attached on top, that second link is something i found on the internet,
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Paint job is different on the bikes as well as the brakes and the shape of the front fork and the handlebars

But yes the one you posted pictures of in your second post is a road bike.
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ok, thanks, i see what you're saying,
now lets say i would go with this, what is the max width tires i could fit on it? i want to do some loose unkept gravel roads so i need wider tires,
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Not wide enough. The max I've been able to fit an any of my Cannondales is 28mm.
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ok, thanks,
I know this is off topic now, but what road bike would i be able to fit wide tires on, like maybe 1.75 inch wide,
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ok, thanks,
I know this is off topic now, but what road bike would i be able to fit wide tires on, like maybe 1.75 inch wide,
None.
Most road bikes max out at about 700x28. I could probably squeeze a 1.75" tire on my Soma cross bike, but it would be tight.

Cross bikes usually have studs for cantilever or v-brakes. Disc brakes are becoming more common too.
Road bikes typically have standard caliper brakes which will limit your tire size even if the frame has clearance.
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