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Old 05-24-08, 08:43 PM
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ID this Cannondale...

Picked it up at a yard sale today. Anyone know the year and model and standard equipment? I know it is a 12-speed and the shifters are on the down tube. I am either gonna refurbish it to it's original splendor with a few upgrades or doing something different, but before I do so, I would like to know about it first.

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Old 05-24-08, 09:28 PM
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Looks like a 3.0 frame from about '89-'91ish.
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I looked here just to check something out.1993 Cannondale R400


It says that the 1993 had 7 speed cluster. Maybe that will help narrow it down a bit more. 1992 or earlier for sure.
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https://www.vintagecannondale.com/
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Cool site. Thanks for the link.

1990 SR800
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Old 05-25-08, 08:26 PM
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Sweet! Thanks for the link and tips! It is a 3.0 frame (sticker on seat tube) and it is a 58cm frame, built in February 16, 1989, #39.
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Old 05-25-08, 08:33 PM
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Also, it has Suntour components. I am not familiar with this group, I am assuming I can swap in a set of Shimano's right? Any suggestions on upgrades? I would like to make it a 20-speed and possible replace the downtube shifters with integrated brake shifters. Or should I keep it old school with the downtube shifters?
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Originally Posted by Schwinn-Chan View Post
Also, it has Suntour components. I am not familiar with this group, I am assuming I can swap in a set of Shimano's right? Any suggestions on upgrades? I would like to make it a 20-speed and possible replace the downtube shifters with integrated brake shifters. Or should I keep it old school with the downtube shifters?
The rear dropouts are too narrow at 126mm, and new 10 speed require 130mm. Spreading an aluminum frame, especially an older Cannondale isn't a good idea. You can "upgrade" to 7-speed with 7-speed Sora brifters.
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I had a black 3.0 Crit frame (very large downtube) just like that back in 89, It was my first real road bike,...the best part was the head tube shack logo, but they were infamous for having the non-replaceable rear derailer hanger break off (happened to mine) so be careful when you R&R (easy on the torque)....I have some old photo's of me racing on that bike, I'll have to find and scan them one of these days...Could you take a picture of the head tube logo for me/us?
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Ok I checked out the components and it turns out the bike is a 7-speed double, so it is 1 1989 SR700!
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Yes, I too was going to say 1990 or so SR 800 3.0 frame.
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Originally Posted by CALE262 View Post
...Could you take a picture of the head tube logo for me/us?
Sure, will do when I have the chance. Oh, and now I believe it is the SR500 since those came ebony color. It seems the previous owner replaced a couple things that confused me into thinking it was an SR700.
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Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
The rear dropouts are too narrow at 126mm, and new 10 speed require 130mm. Spreading an aluminum frame, especially an older Cannondale isn't a good idea. You can "upgrade" to 7-speed with 7-speed Sora brifters.
Thanks for the advice. I will look into it.
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Originally Posted by Schwinn-Chan View Post
Sure, will do when I have the chance.
Should look like this but white...

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Similar to what I ride everyday:

This bike was a freebie from a friend...here's what it looked like when I first got it:


Current configuration:


Older 8spd Campy works well w/ 7spd Shimano. Uber stiff ride, but still fun.
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Is the group "Suntour Blaze"?
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Originally Posted by Schwinn-Chan View Post
Also, it has Suntour components. I am not familiar with this group, I am assuming I can swap in a set of Shimano's right? Any suggestions on upgrades? I would like to make it a 20-speed and possible replace the downtube shifters with integrated brake shifters. Or should I keep it old school with the downtube shifters?
I have an similar Cannondale and upgraded it to 10 speed with out any problems I didn't spread the drop outs the wheel fits with out any force.
Rides really nice with upgrades weighing in at 19.5 lb. with pedels and tools.
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Originally Posted by CALE262 View Post
Is the group "Suntour Blaze"?
Yes they are Suntour Blaze, but the FD is Shimano.
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I have an similar Cannondale and upgraded it to 10 speed with out any problems I didn't spread the drop outs the wheel fits with out any force.
Rides really nice with upgrades weighing in at 19.5 lb. with pedels and tools.
Here are some photos of it Link
VERY VERY NICE! Thank you for the suggestion!
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You'd only be deflecting the rear stays a millimeter or two on each side to go to 10 spd. I do it all the time on my old Centurion, although it is steel so its more forgiving.

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Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
The rear dropouts are too narrow at 126mm, and new 10 speed require 130mm. Spreading an aluminum frame, especially an older Cannondale isn't a good idea. You can "upgrade" to 7-speed with 7-speed Sora brifters.
You CAN convert to 10 speed 130 mm. You can't permanently "cold set" the frame to 130 mm, but you can do as others have said (and I have done) and just spread the dropouts a tiny bit when installing the wheel.... no big deal.
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Originally Posted by CALE262 View Post
...Could you take a picture of the head tube logo for me/us?
Here you go.

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