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    Cannondale SM800 "Beast of the East" headset size?

    Hey does anybody know what size headset the SM800 uses? Its from the late 80s and I cant find any exact specs on it outside of bikepedia.

    I would like to convert it to a threadless headset as the current threaded one is failing pretty badly. I really would like to add a front shock as well, since the frame is so unforgiving on bumbs. Thanks in advance!
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    Some were 1 1/4"

    That standard is long gone.
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    Were only some? If mine is the larger standard I guess I can just find some headset reducers, I believe jenson sells some.

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    That era is probalby standard 1" mountain bike.

    Assuming so, it'll be challenging finding a suspension for with a 1" steerer.

    Post a picture of your bike, and maybe we can be more definative.
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    Here you go, I think you are probably right its a 1", I really really wanted to replace the corroding and loose fork with a more reliable non-threaded system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by panopticon2 View Post
    Here you go, I think you are probably right its a 1", I really really wanted to replace the corroding and loose fork with a more reliable non-threaded system.
    Your call, but if it were me, I'd rattle-can the fork and just put a new 1" threaded headset on there and continue riding it as your commuter (as you seem to be set up as)

    You could pick up a old Rock Shox Mag 21 on the bay (maybe getting it rebuilt... is Hippie Tech still in business), but finding a long enough steerer tube to go threadless will take some diligence, and do you really want to throw that much money at it?

    Good luck!
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    Hahah, that could also work, it wont be pretty but it would at least stop the rust. What kind of paint would you suggest to adhere and be weather proof for it?

    I dont want to spend a ton of money since I leave this bike outside in the rain and such and its in the city so I dont want anything flashy that people will be apt to pilfer.

    Another reason I wanted a threadless steerer is that I could bring the handlebars a bit further up than my stem adaptor will allow. I could just get a steep angled stem, but that would be too easy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by panopticon2 View Post
    Hahah, that could also work, it wont be pretty but it would at least stop the rust. What kind of paint would you suggest to adhere and be weather proof for it?
    Any of the major brands is fine - Krylon, Rustolium, Duplicolor, etc.

    Sand, clean, primer, top-coat.

    Gloss black goes with everything.
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