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    '99 Super V Raven 1x9 lefty build

    So the story goes, back in the mid-late 90's when I was just a young guy I rode Cannondales with my uncle, typically borrowing one of his. He rode a pretty slick red and yellow super vee 1000 (iirc, been too long!), I don't even remember what I was riding, maybe a 500 with a headshock, if that even makes sense. Anyways, eventually it was time to get my own bike, and luckily for me a local shop was going out of business and they had a blue carbon '99 Super V-Raven 700 with a super fatty D 80mm fork. Love at first site of course, and the price was right, I fronted my pennies and off I went. I rode that thing all through high school almost every weekend if not everyday. Off to the local single track trails and to the ski areas to ride.

    So 12 years later, it's still here with me in pretty good, alas, original condition. The idea of upgrading have been lingering for a while, some of the original gear staring to beg for mercy. I decided that I loved the bike way too much to just buy another one as it's just too much of a comfortable bike to ride so doing some upgrading it is. Decided to upgrade the 80mm travel headshock as it needed service anyways so I found a used 100mm lefty on ebay and sent it off to mendoncycles for a rebuild. Thanks! With that also requires a lefty set of wheels (oh well ), and while I'm at it why not do a 1x9 to save some weight? The last time I stripped the bike down for a full cleaning it was around 25.5 lbs which is in stock trim. I'm not a weight weenie but it would be good to see the difference.

    So here's the rest of the build specs. Still a few things to come up with but still have a few months before the trails will be ready to go.

    build upgrade specs:
    Frame:
    '99 carbon super V 700 m frame w/ alum swing arm
    using OG rear fox shock damper adjustment no lockout though.
    Lefty fork- 100mm titanium, has lock out and damper adjustment.
    Lefty stock take off wheel set with shimano rear hub
    Carbon seat post (actually put that on last year), need a new saddle
    using original bars, bar ends, grips and stem
    Juicy 3, 160mm hydro brakes

    Drivetrain
    Rear- Sram PG-980 9 Speed Cassette 11-34
    Front- Blackspire Mono Veloce Single Speed Chainring 4 arm 104mm/Compact 32T
    FSA clear poly bashguard

    Sram XO 1x9 shifter and matching short throw rear derailleur.
    Sram PC-951 Chain w/ Powerlink Gold
    Shimano xtr M970 crank set
    Shimano PD-M540 pedals



    Parts left to get:
    tires/tubes
    cables
    other stuff i'm forgetting
    back into shape

    Sorry about the low quality pictures, will get some legit ones once the front end starts coming together.

    Stripping it down, still dirty from last year







    Will keep this updated as it progresses.
    cheers!
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    Put a few hours in today. Finished cleaning the frame and swing arm and gave them both a coat of wax then it was assembly time. Got most of everything on and at least in place. Still need to sort out routing the lines for brakes and pick up some cable sleeve for the rear derail. Big surprise today was a much needed upgrade in the crank and bb area with a set of shimano xtr m970. Going to get a bash ring and straight cut middle gear for it and it will be all set. The old square tapered bottom bracket weighs almost as much as this crank set so needless to say, I was quite impressed! May also grab a new set of bars and a few other key items yet to pick up but none the less, progress.

    '99 Super V Raven carbon 700, lefty, 1x9
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    Will be a sweet bike once finished.
    I wouldn't ride on any rough trails though, as the Raven is infamous for breaking in the bb area.
    (Even those serial numbers which weren't recalled).
    There is an unopened fix kit on eBay for this that was send out to cannondale dealers back in the days to address that issue.....It's an expanding epoxy foam that needs to be injected into the frame near the bb area.
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    I've never heard of other first generation raven riders having those issues but I would like to know more if people have experienced cracking with this frame. I'd consider the expanding foam if there was enough riders out there that have experienced failures with the early frames. I know the 2nd gen ravens did have the recall though. Thanks for the heads up on the foam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d bot
    I've never heard of other first generation raven riders having those issues but I would like to know more if people have experienced cracking with this frame. I'd consider the expanding foam if there was enough riders out there that have experienced failures with the early frames. I know the 2nd gen ravens did have the recall though. Thanks for the heads up on the foam.
    First Gen was officially re-called for a seat post/seat tube issue....
    I did another search on eBay trying to post the link to the kit, but I didn't find it so I guess it sold already......
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    Here's the recall info from Cannondale's website

    http://www.cannondale.com/usa/usaeng..._recall_en.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdinsj
    Here's the recall info from Cannondale's website

    http://www.cannondale.com/usa/usaeng..._recall_en.pdf
    The OP has a GEN 1 though.....which was a different recall.
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    any updates on this build? Love the 1x9 lefty, and that blue tint clearcoat -awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cipolini2b
    any updates on this build? Love the 1x9 lefty, and that blue tint clearcoat -awesome!
    Thanks. I'm quickly realizing that this is no different than my car hobby. Stuff adds up really quick when building it up

    Side story, my buddy also picked up the same sram xo short box derailleur so we installed that on his bike the other day. I wanted to see how the short box acted with his gear set-up before ordering mine as there has been so much information on the subject it's hard to know who is right and who doesn't know how to set it up properly . It worked fine with his 34T front and 11-34 rear so we were happy. I went with a 32T front and a 11-34 rear because the bike originally came with a 32T front and I like to 'spin' so it will suit my riding style better. So with that I went on a shopping spree for "most" of the rest... (see first post for specs)

    pedals
    rear cassette
    chain
    front ring
    bashguard
    & a pair of stock lefty take off wheels. I was looking to spend more but couldn't pass them up for the price just to get the bike on the trails.

    Most everything should be here by the weekend and will update with more pictures then.
    '99 Super V Raven carbon 700, lefty, 1x9
    bianchi pista fixed gear track bike, road trainer & bar cruiser

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    Small update. I was gifted with Easton EC90 riser bars for my birthday last week (score!), but it uses the larger clamp size. With that said, I'm on the search for a new stem as it will give more options in the future as well. If anyone has one for lefty/headshok around a 100mm length I will consider various rise angles. Please send me a PM if you have something!

    Also, went to the LBS a few weeks back and picked up some cable for the rear derail. All the parts are here (sans tubes and tires), just need to find some time to get it all finished up.
    '99 Super V Raven carbon 700, lefty, 1x9
    bianchi pista fixed gear track bike, road trainer & bar cruiser

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