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    Cannondale Rebuild

    I need some help from all of the techies out there....

    I have a 1997 Cannondale F900 which I am looking to rebuild over the coming months. Right now, the bike is 100% stock (less the tires), including the original 60mm Headshock.

    My questions.....
    1) I know Cannondale has a wider headtube than most manufacturers, but is it possible to add a standard fork to this bike? (I assume there is some type of converter or reducer available) I'm not looking to add too much travel as I believe it will throw off the geometry of the bike...maybe 80-100mm max.

    2) Aside from the headtube, does this bike have any "non-standard" sized tubes or fittings, or can I go with components that are available on the market today?


    I'm not looking to spend a great deal of money on this rebuild....just something to do over the upcoming winter months.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Several companies make 'em.
    Look here and search for reducers

    http://www.bikeman.com/
    93 M900 Hardtail
    96 Super V 700 Carbon
    98 Super V 400 SL

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    The Fatty and Lefty are the best forks out there, why not go with a 80mm Fatty Ultra DLR or 110mm Lefty DLR? You can often find them on E-Bay for reasonable prices.
    '06 Cannondale Rush 1000 4" travel 27lbs
    '04 Cannondale F600 SOBE -STOLEN!
    '96 Cannondale Uber-V 6" travel 30lbs

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    I've got an 80mm Fatty M (coil sprung) that i'll get rid of for cheap. its bright green though...

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    Thanks!

    Thanks for all of your help guys. I knew this is the place I could turn to.

    Unfortunately, the 1997 F900 is a bright orange color, so the green fork may not look that hot. I did check out eBay and I found quite a few headshocks....maybe I'll give that some more thought. Actually, there is nothing wrong my my 60mm headshock, other than the fact that it's 60mm and 10 years old, but I just wanted something with a little more travel.

    Thanks again.

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    Look at the "post pics of your Uber Vee" segment. Ihave a 1999 Super Vee 900 and found some interesting mods there. I have an extra set of adapters to reduce the 1.5" headtube diameter to 1 1/8". I paid $50 for them. I am in the process of swapping my headshock to conventional fork for the extra travel. The LBS was very hesitant to talk about changing the fork, but when they saw I eas serious, opened up a bit. The longer fork length raises the front of the bike and "slows" the steering response due to the different rake angle....but consensus seems to be that is a good thing. I am also planning to re-drill the frame mounting point for the rear shock and put on a 6" eye-to-eye shock instead of the original 5 1/4" shock. I agree with my LBS that the new frame geometry is superior to the 8 year old frame, but budgetary constraints limit me to modding my present bike and waiting a while longer before I upgrade. I am currently searching for a decent used fork....a little fearful of getting burned on ebay so looking locally first. Good luck to you!

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    The Cane Creek Double XC shorty reducing headset is very nice if you're wanting to run a standard 1 1/8" fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartfixer
    Look at the "post pics of your Uber Vee" segment. Ihave a 1999 Super Vee 900 and found some interesting mods there. I have an extra set of adapters to reduce the 1.5" headtube diameter to 1 1/8". I paid $50 for them. I am in the process of swapping my headshock to conventional fork for the extra travel. The LBS was very hesitant to talk about changing the fork, but when they saw I eas serious, opened up a bit. The longer fork length raises the front of the bike and "slows" the steering response due to the different rake angle....but consensus seems to be that is a good thing. I am also planning to re-drill the frame mounting point for the rear shock and put on a 6" eye-to-eye shock instead of the original 5 1/4" shock. I agree with my LBS that the new frame geometry is superior to the 8 year old frame, but budgetary constraints limit me to modding my present bike and waiting a while longer before I upgrade. I am currently searching for a decent used fork....a little fearful of getting burned on ebay so looking locally first. Good luck to you!
    You don't need to drill the tabs on the 1999 Super V frame. Just get a jekyll swingarm and 7.5x2 shock. 150mm travel

    Mine is the bright green one in that thread. Its also a 99.

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