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    Beginner: 1990 Cannondale SM1000

    I am just getting into mountain biking, and purchasing my first bike. Being a beginner, I'd like to keep my first bike cheap, and to do so am looking used.

    I saw an ad for an old Cannondale:

    Vintage 1990 SM1000 Cannondale Mountain Bike Competition Series for sale. Shimano Deore DX 7-speed w/STI Competition levers and cables I have NOT been on this bike in years, it has some wear and tear but all in all it is in great shape. I put 250 up there as a starting point but any decent offer will surely be considered. Thanks
    I am 6'3", 200 lbs, so I figured I would need atleast a 20" bike. I sent him an email asking the size, and his reply was:

    I got the bike from a friend of mine so im not gonna lie i do not know the "offical" size. i am 5'10" and it is comfortable for me and when i stand over the seat it just about comes up to my hip so i would guess it is the 20" model.
    He also attached some pictures:







    This is what I could dig up on the bike...



    Do you guys think this is a good starting point for me, or should I keep looking?

    Also, from his description, does this sound like a 20"?

    Thanks in advance!

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    As much as I like old Cannondales (I have a '93 R500 road bike) I would recommend against that one if you want to do any trail riding. The steep rear triangle of that frame design makes it ride *really* harsh. Notice how the rear axles are cantilevered off the back of the rear triangle, causing the seatstays to be closer to vertical? That makes for a vertically stiff frame with a harsh ride. Plus, I think you could do a lot better for the money. If you buy an entry level but more modern bike- say, a 5 year old Trek 4500 or something similar- you'd get a LOT more bike for not much more (if at all) money. Good luck!

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    Seriously, keep looking - keep learning. I don't think that this is a project you need to take on, the saying "throwing good money after bad" comes to mind. To a certain degree cdales are timeless but leave that ride right where it is, parked with the junk behind it.

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    And it looks like it has a road crankset on it. That would not be fun to ride on trails.
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    Too small , to many needed repairs , you can do a lot better , keep looking . Good luck .

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    Thanks guys, I'm pretty green so the advice is appreciated.

    There is a GT Avalanche 3.0 for sale for $150, but it doesn't list the size. I emailed the owner, waiting to hear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khowe9
    Thanks guys, I'm pretty green so the advice is appreciated.

    There is a GT Avalanche 3.0 for sale for $150, but it doesn't list the size. I emailed the owner, waiting to hear.
    $150? What year are we talking about here? The Avalanche is respectable IMO but this kinda sounds old, beat-up, or both. Try to get some pics to post up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roxnroots
    $150? What year are we talking about here? The Avalanche is respectable IMO but this kinda sounds old, beat-up, or both. Try to get some pics to post up.
    I haven't gotten a response on the year yet, but his response to my asking what size is this:

    poset of seat to post of steering is 19 the fram has a lil yeller sticker that says medium..........oh! no discs on this.
    Will I fit on a 19" ok? My parents have an 18" which I seem to fit on OK but have only ridden it on the road. I'm 6'3" 200lb.

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    I am 6'3" with a cycling inseam of almost 33" and ride 21/22" frames , I really don't see you on less than a 20" frame . My two cents .

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    Yeah, AZ's right with this.. The 19" ride's not meant to be for you. No matter how cheap a ride is, if the fit's crap, it'll cost you plenty every mile of trail.

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