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Your Opinion on a 1987 Cannondale ST800 Touring Bike

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Your Opinion on a 1987 Cannondale ST800 Touring Bike

I have an opportunity to purchase a vintage 1987 aluminum Cannondale ST800 for around $450, which appears to be in good condition. I'm not overly knowledgable re: this bike and components and would like thoughts on if this is a good/great bike and one worth purchasing (not for an everyday rider, but a secondary bike for charity rides, ride on Sunday, etc.)?

All stock components minus the Brooks saddle. The components are SunTour Superbe and it has the front and rear fenders and racks for bags.

All the specs can be found in the following Cannondale brouchure page 17:


Appreciate any and all feedback. What do you think, make offer or keep looking?
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$450 is a lot for a bike that's over 20 years old. I also noticed the bike only have five speeds in the back and 27" wheels. Usually I try to stay away from old ten speed bikes (this has a triple, so 15) and get something with more gears. Also 700c wheels are a lot better to deal with.

IMO, I don't think it's worth it. The Classic and Vintage forum will be able to give you more information though.

Are you looking for a touring bike or a road bike?
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sounds like too much to me. a bike that old, unless its been gone through recently is almost certainly going to need tires and tubes, plus all the cables and housing replaced. the brake hoods are probably totally shot, it likely needs a tune-up with the wheels looked over, hubs lubed, and possibly trued. this bike is old.

that cost needs to be factored in, and your $450 bike quickly is a much more expensive machine, and yes, it will still be OLD.
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You can get a better idea over in the C&V appraisal sub-forum, but I would expect one of these in good condition to fetch $100 to $200, maybe a bit more if in *really* good condition (meaning that the prior owner had kept it in good condition, with usable tires, tubes, control cables, brake pads, etc.).
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It's a great old bike but not worth $450! If it is in great shape more likely should go f
or $100 - $200 tops.
I have one but got it for free in good condition about 500 original miles and stored
I did some upgrades and this is it now

Started out like this

More on it here https://www.jtgraphics.net/cannondale_sr500.htm
It may not be fancy but it gets me were I need to go.

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