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How do you determine what model a Cannondale frame is?

Old 08-05-10, 01:59 PM
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How do you determine what model a Cannondale frame is?

I ran across a yard sale special that the owner thinks is a CAAD7. It has been "Custom Painted" so there is nothing to indicate what it is. I know that I can find the date and size in the serial number but how do I determine if it is actually a CAAD7? Does the sequence number have meaning? It still may be worth buying for the Campy Centaur groupo.

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You might post some pictures here with a good overall shot and details on the welds, the head tube/downtube/toptube area, the BB area, chain and seat stays, rear drop outs, serial number on BB, etc..

I have a CAAD7 and might be able to compare and advise.

What does the fork say on it, look like, made out of?

Theoretically, you could measure the dimensions, angles, etc. and compare to published Cannondale spec, but in my experience, it is difficult if not impossible to measure any of this stuff accurately enough to tell if two bikes measure the same in some dimension, or are a few mm different. Which is often the very small differences between frames.

I can also tell you that my 54cm CAAD7 frame (no fork) actually weighs 1235 grams, so if you can compare the frame weight to that, it will be another piece of data.
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