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Old 04-04-15, 08:11 PM
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Upgrades for stock Cannondale F500

This is my bike.

It is a completely stock (except for the rear tire) 1999 Cannondale f500, passed down from my dad. It has served me well for a couple years, but I'm looking to get some upgrades for it. Im planning to start small. Anyone know of some good upgrades for a stock f500? I've heard that the rims, brakes, and front derailleur leave something to be desired. I have noticed minor issues with the derailleur but none with the brakes, and dont take it off any jumps or many hard landings so nothing negative to say about the rims so far. Any suggestions? Help would be appreciated.
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Old 04-10-15, 10:06 AM
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Don't upgrade it. You can put on any modern tire that fits (probably 26x2.0 rear, and maybe 2.2 up front) but it is not a good idea to start spending money on changing it.

It looks to be in excellent condition so you may find someone interested in buying a vintage bike.

But if you want a new fork, drivetrain, tubeless wheels, etc just buy a whole new bike. Trust me.
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Old 04-10-15, 02:12 PM
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Yeah you don't really want to put much money into that. Put new cables and maybe housings on it tune it up and ride. The brake pads might be originals from 99 so new koolstops would be a big step up. Nice pedals and a new seat if you don't like the current one since those can easily be swapped over to a new bike.
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Looking at how it's setup, that bike is far to big for the rider. Would expect a lot more seatpost to be showing, what it currently indicates, is there is almost no stand over clearance.

For upgrades, although Cannondale are generally good starting point, that bike has no disc mounts, which limits any upgrades. If you really want to upgrade, would look at selling the bike to a retro enthusiast, and gettign something more modern, with disc brakes, and that is a better fit.
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Old 04-12-15, 09:18 AM
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I would ride that bike as is until it disintegrates. That thing is way cool. Maybe new brake pads and a tune-up.
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Old 04-15-15, 11:34 PM
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I would ride that bike as is until it disintegrates. That thing is way cool. Maybe new brake pads and a tune-up.
+1 great bike as is
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Old 04-16-15, 05:57 AM
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Yeah I have an F 1000 from the 90's and I'm in the same boat. Going to keep it stock but upgrade seat, grips, brake pads ectt
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Yeah I have an F 1000 from the 90's and I'm in the same boat. Going to keep it stock but upgrade seat, grips, brake pads ectt
keep the original saddle and grips if you ever decide to sell... it helps
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Originally Posted by bananafruitcake View Post
keep the original saddle and grips if you ever decide to sell... it helps

Old grips were half cracked and half gone, I'm going to order ones close to original style. Thanks for the advice!
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Old grips were half cracked and half gone, I'm going to order ones close to original style. Thanks for the advice!
ah, that happens... instead of buying close... if funds permit, buy a good upgrade both for you and the potential future sale...
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