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    Killer V

    Why do 10+ year old Cannondale Killer V's go for such a premium on e-bay. They have old equipment (cantilever brakes, not even V brakes). I see them go fo upwards of $450 without much in the way of upgrades. Also, why do the polished aluminum frames go for a super premium? If anyone has any insight, I would appreciate it. Thanks!

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    good question I have often wondered the same.....

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    I'm guessing the good old law of offer vs. demand explains it... And those polished Cannondales are like artwork so smoothe and shiny...

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gerous
    I'm guessing the good old law of offer vs. demand explains it... And those polished Cannondales are like artwork so smoothe and shiny...
    Don't I know it! I'm almost done building one up. The very first thing I did was strip and polish it. I'll post some finished pics later. Oh, and I've been lurking for a few weeks now but just decided to post so there goes my cherry.


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    Because they're worth it!
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    I think they were the best Hard tail that Cannondale ever had...
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    Killer V

    Here's a pic of mine, still working on it here and there...

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    That Killer V looks real nice with a Lefty on it! How did you get it to work with 1 and 1/8?

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    Good job! 1.5" reduced to 1 1/8": Cane Creek reducing headset...

    Cane Creek makes a nice reducing headset that seems to work very well, there are also adapters to do the same and then you use your headset of preference. Look at Cane creek website for Double XC headset.

    I am in the process of upgrading my Super Vee 900 to a Marzocchi front shock and I will use the Cane Creek unit. I also have a set of adapters I will sell...I have $50 invested in them (I have the receipt). If you look at the thread "Post your Uber V!!!!!" you can see several different methods to reduce the headset and lots of pics....even a Lefty!!!???!!!.
    My LBS sales guy was nervous about fork swap & increasing front travel etc and didn't really wanna talk about it, but he did allow that C'dale builds a very strong front end on the frame so it should be able to take the mild abuse I will dish out. The wrench thought the whole idea was intriguing.

    BTW...I understand that to remove the headshock unit you just have to remove the handlebar & stem and break out the ole BFH and pound the unit out the bottom. Haven't done mine yet...still gathering parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mogul218
    That Killer V looks real nice with a Lefty on it! How did you get it to work with 1 and 1/8?

    I had the lefty from another bike, and took both to my favorite Bike shop, and asked: "Can you put this on here and make it work?"

    Answer, "Of course".


    all kidding aside, and I am not very technical (thank God for great bike mechanics), but I think the Killer V I have has a 1.5 headtube, because it came with a fatty headshok.

    (NOTE- I may be wrong, I am NOT technical with this stuff)
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    BTW...what frame is that? I don't recognize it.

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    I've always wanted a killer v. i used to ride with a dude that had one in 97-98 or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartfixer
    BTW...what frame is that? I don't recognize it.
    Who me? It's a '95 Killer V 500 that I stripped and polished and re-decaled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy79
    I've always wanted a killer v. i used to ride with a dude that had one in 97-98 or so.
    I'll trade you for one of those sweet Super V's or Ravens. Actually, I am looking for one in all seriousness. I need a frame only. I've got components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mogul218
    I'll trade you for one of those sweet Super V's or Ravens. Actually, I am looking for one in all seriousness. I need a frame only. I've got components.
    Sorry dude, I'm keeping my badass super v.

    Uber V!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mogul218
    Don't I know it! I'm almost done building one up. The very first thing I did was strip and polish it. I'll post some finished pics later. Oh, and I've been lurking for a few weeks now but just decided to post so there goes my cherry.

    How Did you go about stripping the old finish/paint off? Would like to do this with an older cannondale I have that is very similar to the Killer V. It is at my LBS right now but I think it is a 4000sl, tubing looks very similar and superlight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shutterbug67
    How Did you go about stripping the old finish/paint off? Would like to do this with an older cannondale I have that is very similar to the Killer V. It is at my LBS right now but I think it is a 4000sl, tubing looks very similar and superlight.
    I got some paint stripper and steel wool from Home Depot. There is one that comes with a spray bottle. I applied to the whole bike, waited 10 minutes, then used a spatula and scraped the paint off. Then I did it like 2 or 3 more times on areas where the paint didn't strip all the way to the metal. Once all the paint was gone, I polished the frame with steel wool.

    What's nice is now when you get scratches from the trail, you can buff them out with steel wool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mogul218
    I got some paint stripper and steel wool from Home Depot. There is one that comes with a spray bottle. I applied to the whole bike, waited 10 minutes, then used a spatula and scraped the paint off. Then I did it like 2 or 3 more times on areas where the paint didn't strip all the way to the metal. Once all the paint was gone, I polished the frame with steel wool.

    What's nice is now when you get scratches from the trail, you can buff them out with steel wool.
    I know htis thread is old but...does the frame not rust after you did that? I am a cannondale loyalist, but I have an old specialized p3 I got used...someone painted it over nad a lot of the paint has nicks and scratches. I initially wanted to repaint it...but realized it would be really expensive for labor (and removal of parts). Now I'm thinking maybe I can just strip it down like you while keeping all the parts still on it and it would look pretty cool.

    Also, do you think this is doable with the handlebars and cranks as well? Thanks!

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    It wont rust because its aluminum, not steel. Some clear coat over the frame, some leave it bare. You can also do it to your handle bars, cranks, hubs, stem, bar ends, etc.

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    Dp!
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    What size were the handlebars on the killer v's? I have a orange 700. Anyway to tell what yr model it is by s/n or anything?

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    93 Kv

    Wouldn't ever part with it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by capefeartrailrider
    I think they were the best Hard tail that Cannondale ever had...
    I like the looks of the F series better. I had a Killer V, but it got ripped off. Bought a F900 SL frame w/headshok off ebay and rebuilt the bike. The Fatty Ultra is a better fork than the DD60 that came with my Killer V (the elastomer inside the spring doesn't last).

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    I have a 94 Delta V HT that just got a fresh powder coat (black) and looks awsome. I have most parts needed to complete my build. Want to do a stealth (mostly black) look. I posted over in the wheel forum about going with all black wheels. Problem is that the rear will be a rim brake as I don't have the xtra cash to get a Brake Therapy conversion. Front is a disc (lefty). I don't like the black wheel/machined brake surface look. Any thoughts on how to keep it all black without having mucked up fading on the brake surface anyone?

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    I need back brakes for a 1985 Killer V

    Does anyone know where I can buy back breaks for an old, I believe 1985 or so, killer V? It is not a standard back break mount and the piece I had broke and I can not find one anywhere and I love the bike. Anyone know where I can go about finding this? Thanks so much in advance!

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    Mark,

    Which part(s) specifically are you looking for? I'm in the process of rebuilding my Killer V, and may have what you need.

    -Brian

    Quote Originally Posted by mcnetwork View Post
    Does anyone know where I can buy back breaks for an old, I believe 1985 or so, killer V? It is not a standard back break mount and the piece I had broke and I can not find one anywhere and I love the bike. Anyone know where I can go about finding this? Thanks so much in advance!

    Mark

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    My first mtn bike was a 94 polished Killer V 900 with a Pepperoni fork.
    It was a bone shaker.
    Glad to see it go.
    My shoulders hurt thinking about riding it.
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    I have a large 93 or 94 Delta V 600. It's in great condition (no dents or dings, just chipped paint) ready to be built up. Black fade to green paint. $100 + shipping and it's yours

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    Thanks

    Hey Brian,

    Thanks so much for your reply. I really need the entire back breaks, I had a guy at the local bike shop try to rig something and it just does not work, so I need the back break mounts and the center bolt that mounts it, basically everything but the wires! I have included a pic, this isn't my bike but if it would help, I can take a pic of my bike when I get out of work and shoot it to you! Thanks so much for any help on this. I guess the back breaks are proprietary to cannondale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by belginsmith View Post
    Mark,

    Which part(s) specifically are you looking for? I'm in the process of rebuilding my Killer V, and may have what you need.

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    Do you have a pic of your V600? If I can't find the part, maybe I will just buy a new one!

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    BTW it is a V500

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    Mark,

    I just pulled the rear brakes off last night. If you're willing to pay shipping, they're yours. Where are you located? PM me and we can work out the details.

    -Brian

    Quote Originally Posted by mcnetwork View Post
    Hey Brian,

    Thanks so much for your reply. I really need the entire back breaks, I had a guy at the local bike shop try to rig something and it just does not work, so I need the back break mounts and the center bolt that mounts it, basically everything but the wires! I have included a pic, this isn't my bike but if it would help, I can take a pic of my bike when I get out of work and shoot it to you! Thanks so much for any help on this. I guess the back breaks are proprietary to cannondale.

    -Mark

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    Hey guys, just picked up a really nice set, frame/forks today...

    Anyone know what the official C-dale name for the metallic orange color is?

    I'd post a pic...but...

    The date code says it was made in Jan-96
    Last edited by blackjack33; 06-28-2012 at 09:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcnetwork View Post
    Do you have a pic of your V600? If I can't find the part, maybe I will just buy a new one!
    PM sent

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    Thread necromancy aside...

    I love my polished killer V 1000. Yesterday when I got off the trail, a fellow on a specialized FS 29r informed me of how I could up my game by getting a FS bike. I chuckled.

    shameless pic below:

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    So, can you not put disc brakes on the rear even with a new wheelset?

    Gonna start updating my '94 V900 soon.

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    sweet ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by santamonicamtb View Post
    So, can you not put disc brakes on the rear even with a new wheelset?

    Gonna start updating my '94 V900 soon.
    May could find a NOS or used adapter that would fit. I've seen them, but I really don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jake32162 View Post
    sweet ride!
    If you're talkin to me... Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by karstman1 View Post
    If you're talkin to me... Thanks!
    Yours looks a lot like mine. Black & polished with some blue bits

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    Quote Originally Posted by santamonicamtb View Post
    Yours looks a lot like mine. Black & polished with some blue bits
    Sounds sweet. Post up a pic.

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    I love mine......but after last weekend's debacle and my first DNF in an adventure race due to my repeated impacts to the ground, I have to do some work on it's geometry. It is a beautiful bike tho.

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    what other bike looks like a killer V? there are other cdales that have a part kv into them, but the killer v is what it is....

    i want the 24" wheel version.... now thats a rare one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by broomhandle View Post
    what other bike looks like a killer V? there are other cdales that have a part kv into them, but the killer v is what it is....

    i want the 24" wheel version.... now thats a rare one!
    You mean the delta V with the headshock? The gemini also resembled a killerV but full suspension.

    There was a 24" killer V on ebay about a month ago.

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    Hey im new to mountain biking and I have a KV 900 and was wondering where I could get a derailluer hanger for the bike cause cannondale doesnt make them anymore

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    Guys I bought a Killer V500 a couple of weeks ago in very good condition. Downside is there was a Rockshox MAG 21 in it, but that needs some attention. Now there is some kind of pepperoni recplica Chinese fork in it. I want the fork fixed but I am also thinking of putting a lefty in it.

    There is some info on the net, but still not clear to me what adapter to use. My killer V has got a 1 1/8" headset. What fits best cane creek or 321 adapter (last one is very pricy at 200 Euro)

    Will post some pictures later.

    Any help is much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastmvr View Post
    I love mine......but after last weekend's debacle and my first DNF in an adventure race due to my repeated impacts to the ground, I have to do some work on it's geometry. It is a beautiful bike tho.
    Please explain your issues with the geometry please.

    Quote Originally Posted by desmo81dromic View Post
    Guys I bought a Killer V500 a couple of weeks ago in very good condition. Downside is there was a Rockshox MAG 21 in it, but that needs some attention. Now there is some kind of pepperoni recplica Chinese fork in it. I want the fork fixed but I am also thinking of putting a lefty in it.

    There is some info on the net, but still not clear to me what adapter to use. My killer V has got a 1 1/8" headset. What fits best cane creek or 321 adapter (last one is very pricy at 200 Euro)

    Will post some pictures later.

    Any help is much appreciated!
    I would recommend Mendon Cycle Smith for help with your bike. Project 321 seems to have a good solution, although like you said, it's a little pricey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mogul218 View Post
    I'll trade you for one of those sweet Super V's or Ravens. Actually, I am looking for one in all seriousness. I need a frame only. I've got components.
    What size? I've got a medium frame and swingarm that has already been Uber-ized and is powder-coated white.
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