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    Anyone know about old Cannondales?

    I found this bike in a garage today while delivering a piano, and I got it for knocking a little off the price of the move. It had ten years of dust on it and I'll bet the tires are original. I have to find a bolt-cutter to get the lock off it.

    I tried to find some info on it and I'm coming up empty, so I'm appealing to the forum, because you guys know everything.

    It has wishbone seatstays, a Headshok fork and 7-speed GripShift. Equipment is on the cheap side, BR-CT90-M cantilever brakes with Kool-Stops, Shimano Alivio rear derailleur and Acera front, Alivio crankset and totally bogus plastic pedals. The model is F500 and it says "Adrenalin" on the frame. It looks to me like around 1990, definitely not top of the line but not bad for what I paid, which was about an hour of my time. This bike probably sold for $700-800 new, and other than a few scratches in the paint and worn out grips, it's in perfect condition.

    It's too small for me but it's light and it would be perfect as a town bike for my wife.

    What do we know about it?
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    we know that it's green?
    "I won't sell these for a penny less than $60.00. I'd rather put 'em back on the shelf and keep 'em! "

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    It's a 95 model. The headshock is a "EDM with elastomer shock damper cartridge" (whatever that means).
    The color is called "Iceland Green Metallic with green pearl Hyper-highlights"
    Original tires would have been IRC PiranhaPro, and according to the catalog, it weighs 26.7 lbs.

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    Yep - Airfree Tires shows the same info, and an MSRP of $890. It appears that they used the same frame for the F600, F700 and F1000. F1000 had a mix of LX/XT (and, of course, some obligatory Coda) and had a claimed weight of 23.5 lbs; so the frame has a lot of potential if it really is the same (anyone?).

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    I think Shimano recalled those cranks years ago. We replaced, under the recall, several sets of those cranks as bikes with them would come in for repair at the shop I was recently at.

    http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml97/97149.html

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    Oh no....CK's turning into a collector!



    I have a buddy who's old job required house calls for estimates. Amazing the old bikes that are left to collect dust in a garage or back yard and the owners wouldn't think to sell unless asked...


    It makes my stomach turn to know how much is still out there hanging in the rafters or under a tarp...in a shed...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy

    It makes my stomach turn to know how much is still out there hanging in the rafters or under a tarp...in a shed...
    or locked up at a bus stop in the rain
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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister
    or locked up at a bus stop in the rain

    But persistence can pay off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    But persistence can pay off.
    i gotta call that dude back...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    It makes my stomach turn to know how much is still out there hanging in the rafters or under a tarp...in a shed...
    And I'm in three or four houses every day.

    This is Marin County, where a lot of people are on the third generation of mountain bikes.

    The ones I want are the second generation, when the guy decided around 1987 that he was going to get a GOOD mountain bike and replaced his "starter bike," which he replaced a few years ago with full suspension.

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    www.vintagecannondale.com

    you can check out your serial number and find a catalog for it. 1995 is there.

    i would just ride it, looks like the tires are even original.

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    Cannondale fan over here!! Great find Repack. If the wifey don't want it, you can send it my way... Broomhandle gets two thumbs up for that link he posted. Good Job...

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    Vintagecannondale.com ...whats the first bike I see in the gallery...a 2003.

    Hahahaha! Oooo, oooold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
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    And I'm in three or four houses every day.

    This is Marin County, where a lot of people are on the third generation of mountain bikes.

    Exactly!

    Location and occupation put you at an advantage for old mtb scores.
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    Looks like a really bad Klein knock-off ...

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    Nice find! It's true, they used the same frame on it, up to a 1000 series, so it's ready to rock. The headshock is infinately serviceable, and the damper cartridge and spring are upgradeable to better stuff, that elastomer is probably as stiff as a peice of granite at this point
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Vintagecannondale.com ...whats the first bike I see in the gallery...a 2003.

    Hahahaha! Oooo, oooold.

    the local bike shops say a 2003 is old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broomhandle
    the local bike shops say a 2003 is old.
    I always get a chuckle out of that.

    You can spot the people who took up MTB'ing post Y2K in a heartbeat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    I always get a chuckle out of that.

    You can spot the people who took up MTB'ing post Y2K in a heartbeat.
    No neon yellow?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    It makes my stomach turn
    Oh Rumpfy, usually I make your stomach turn, but the bikes in storage aren't so bad. As long as they are inside and protected they'll be taken care off and will eventually make it out into the open, only to promptly disappear into one of our collections. Besides, in the future we'll all need some good scores to talk about. It'll go something like this:

    I was going to a house for work, I'm getting a little old now and sat down on the porch to rest my sore back. I looked up into the garage rafters and saw a fourty-year old Slingshot in mint condition hanging upside down and...

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    Quote Originally Posted by IF52
    No neon yellow?
    splatter paint
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    what's that thing pulling the cantis front and back?
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    what's that thing pulling the cantis front and back?
    force40 leverage doohickey
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    Force 40 blows. The headshok probably won't stand up to much. Other than that a great deal.
    If you can, lock out the headshok, retrofit a tektro v brake kit (cause force 40 blows) and throw on some slicks and it will be a great around town bike.

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    actually force 40's work pretty good. it just takes some time setting them up. but agreed. get some V-brakes. even tektros would be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    I have a buddy who's old job required house calls for estimates. Amazing the old bikes that are left to collect dust in a garage or back yard and the owners wouldn't think to sell unless asked...
    I have a buddy who's current job is moving estimates. He comes across TONS of stuff. Mostly old road bikes more than MTBs. Alot of the time the people just give them away because they don't want to bother moving them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grawbass
    I have a buddy who's current job is moving estimates. He comes across TONS of stuff. Mostly old road bikes more than MTBs. Alot of the time the people just give them away because they don't want to bother moving them.

    If only one could turn that into a living...door to door bike collecting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    If only one could turn that into a living...door to door bike collecting.
    that's a cool idea for a film character.
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    Either a 95 or 96 M500 POS

    I built way to many of thoes at my first bike shop job .
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    Second The Force 40's Being Not Bad

    A little more difficult to set up that a standard canti but other than that they're fine.

    V-brakes better? That may be going a little far.
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    Force 40 was annoying, but not horrible. I didn't really like having to assemble a 'dale that had it, but it wasn't going to ruin my day. I remember the version with the brass roller being worse as far as setup and adjustment is concerned. I was often surprised when people would ask if they could retrofit it onto another bike. I honestly think they equalled the number of folks that absolutely hated it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shayne
    A little more difficult to set up that a standard canti but other than that they're fine.

    V-brakes better? That may be going a little far.

    Some V brake levers would snap those Force 40 contraptions right into shape. With stock canti levers they just had too much leverage...which isnt a bad thing if you dont mind your pads rubbing on the rims.

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    I'd say the Force 40 blew...I removed it from my 95 Delta 400 and slapped on some V-brakes. Another benefit from removing it was a nice place to hang a fender bracket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Vintagecannondale.com ...whats the first bike I see in the gallery...a 2003.

    Hahahaha! Oooo, oooold.
    yeah, cuz the older ones cracked and failed.

    sorry, can't help.

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    I'll be happy to take the Force 40 off your hands, been searching for a set for some time.

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