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    My Killer V 900

    I built this bike in 1995 when I lived in Hawaii. I originally started with a M600 Head shock bike. I rode it for a year and then I was hit by a car. With the money I got from the insurance company I built a new bike. I started out with a Cannondale Killer V 900 frame. I recently started riding again, my kids are old enough to get out and ride now. I think this bike is still just as good as any of the new bikes.

    Here are the rest of the components from the build:

    Sun Rims
    Pulsar straight pull hubs
    XT 7 speed caset
    Kooka cranks
    King head set
    XTR rear derailure
    XTR front derraliure
    Manitou 3 fork
    LX rapid fire shifters and levers
    all Titanium hardware
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    Nice!

    Looks good!

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    I had those same Specialized gloves!

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    Nice!
    What's 'er weight?
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    23.5 pounds with tools spare tube, bottle cages and tire pump.
    Last edited by Killer V 900; 10-05-2010 at 05:22 AM.

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    sweet!
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    Should I upgrade the fork?
    Can I use XTR shifters and levers with my 7speed cassette?
    I have an 8 speed hub with a 7 speed cassette and a spacer on it now.
    What model XTR shifter was an 8 speed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killer V 900
    Should I upgrade the fork?
    Can I use XTR shifters and levers with my 7speed cassette?
    I have an 8 speed hub with a 7 speed cassette and a spacer on it now.
    What model XTR shifter was an 8 speed?
    -Upgrading the fork won't make it look retro anymore...
    -You can use the xtr shifters with your 7 speed cassette without issues since the spacing and chain width is the same.
    -1st, 2nd, and 3rd gen xtr were all 8 speed. just look for those which are painted in that nice shiny, blueish grey metallic

    Go to: http://vintage-mtb-parts.erkan.se/sh...hift-picture2/
    and scroll down a bit to see the pic.
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    I just found some replacement elastomers and a long travel kit so the fork will stay.

    I am also bidding on a set of 1995 XTR shifters and levers to make the bike complete XTR.

    Hopefully I win the auction.

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    Glad the fork is staying. Otherwise you wouldn't be allowed back in the VRC forum

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    You could put in a headshock, one of the newer 80mm ones and it would still appear retro.
    I have the original headshock on my '91 DeltaV 700 that I'd love to upgrade to a newer one. Cannondale lovers would recognize the difference of course
    Anyone know the basic differences between a KillerV and a DeltaV frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginga
    You could put in a headshock, one of the newer 80mm ones and it would still appear retro.
    I have the original headshock on my '91 DeltaV 700 that I'd love to upgrade to a newer one. Cannondale lovers would recognize the difference of course
    Anyone know the basic differences between a KillerV and a DeltaV frame?

    You can't put a headshok in this frame since it does not have a headshok specific steerer tube.....

    Delta V's had Headshok frames and Killer V's were hard tail frames with a rigid Pepperoni fork.
    When cannondale changed the rear dropout design (that long cantilever like tab), they named both bike designs Killer V which is kinda confusing....

    Basically the Delta V is the first gen of cannondale's front suspension/headshok bikes.
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    Killer V's were not designed with suspension in mind. Thats why its called the "Killer V".
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    According to the 1994 Cannondale catalogue the Killer V was was the same frame geometry as the Delta V (the delta V has a larger head tube). The Delta V had a head shock and the Killer V was rigid and had a 11/4 Dia. steer tube. They say in the catalogue that the frame was designed with 3 key features in mind suspension, strength, and added crotch clearance.

    http://sanaandterry.com/cannondale/year/1994/1994.pdf
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    I started mountain biking in the early 90's on a Delta V. It's interesting to see how cantilevered dropouts and the triple triangle design didn't have any lasting power in the market. The design did manage to visually differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack but I don't think added much value. The headshock at that time was lightyears ahead of anything else out there and certainly has lasted the tests of time. Most front forks of that time had the torsional stiffness of a wet noodle. It will be interesting to see when Cannondale's headshock patents start to expire if any other companies will start to adopt the design?

    Very cool bike. As you state, fifteen year later it can still holds it's own with the bulk of what the market has to offer today.

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    I won the XTR shifters so now I am searching for an 8 spped cassette.

    What ratio should I be looking for?

    I see 12-28 (12,13,14,16,18,21,24,28) and 12-32 (12,14,16,18,21,24,28,32)
    What is best for singletrack riding?

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    My 9-speed cassette on my '09 Cdale F4 is 11-32 if that helps any.

    Assuming they both are compatible, I think it's all a personal preference/local terrain thing.

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    Just ordered a rebuild kit and a long travel kit for the Manatou 3. I got it from Suspension Fork Parts. http://www.suspensionforkparts.net/e...be8b366c9877a8
    I can't wait to bring it back to factory fresh. The XTR shifters will be here this week.
    Last edited by Killer V 900; 10-19-2010 at 07:22 AM.

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    Got my new XTR shifters and levers yesterday. I am siked. now to get a M-900 8 speed cassette.

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    I got my fork rebuild kit and the long travel kit today.
    I rebuilt the forks and they are soo much better. All the original elastomers were hard as a rock and half the size of the new ones. I can't wait to get it out on the trail now.

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