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Old 03-12-08, 02:22 PM
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Your thoughts on this Cannondale

Someone on my local mountain biking forum posted this frame and fork up for sale, for 75 bucks. I snapped it up just to have it for mtb'ing/commuting, but now that I have it I'm wondering if this thing would be a decent trekking/touring bike.

It's a 2004 Cannondale 1FG. It's meant for single speed, but it's got a derailer hanger. It also has a eccentric bottom bracket.



Here's a pic of a complete bike.

The only thing I am concerned with is mounted racks and panniers on it's aluminum fork. THe fork looks VERY beefy so I'm thinking it might be ok, but consider I am 230 lbs right now and I plan to use disc brakes, if that matters.

Would you trust the fork for loaded touring? What about loaded offroad touring?
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I've used my Cannondale F900 for touring and it was fine... Perhaps not ideal but it worked very well. The fork is beefy enough for any loaded touring, but you probably won't be putting too much weight on the front since there aren't any eyelets for front racks...

The eccentric BB would be ideal for a Roloff Hub or some other internal gearing system.

75 bucks is pretty good, so you got the frame only? Do you have the other parts for the full bike?
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I got the frame and the aluminum fork and a Salsa seatpost clamp, and the bashguard. The fork does have rack eyelets, but I'm not sure if I would use those since I would probably need a Old Man Mountain rack so I can use disc brakes. Not sure if I'll even put racks on the front, I think I may just leave it SS and go ultralight and use it for off road bike camping only. I was looking it over and it doesn't have the stops for cables and housings in the front or rear, so it looks like derailers are out of the question.

The rear has rack eyelets, but again I think I might have to go with an OMM disc compatible rack that uses the QR skewer, not a big negative for me though.
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If you really wanted to you could still set it up with dérailleurs even without stops. Just use clamp on stops or use housing all the way from shifter to dérailleur.

That said I would use it as an SS or FG. Personally I wouldn't tour on it in that mode even going ultra light.
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