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    Vintage Cannondale?

    Just got my hands on a blue vintage Cannondale road bike...serial number is CC04607....anybody know if its worth hanging on to?...it has suntour cyclone ders. ans a sugino crank and dia-compe 400 brakes ...its a bit scratched up but overall good shape.. aluminum frame? Anybody have any idea about this bike?.

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    Sorry, I dont know much about the bike, but to answer your question: Yes, of course, it's worth holding on to. Unless there is rust, or its damaged, it should be enjoyed!

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    No other markings?

    A picture would help. I can look in the old catalogs.
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    It's aluminum. Aluminum doesn't rust.

    With those components (and that serial #), it's from 1985.

    http://vintagecannondale.com/year/1985/1985.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikethegreek View Post
    it has suntour cyclone, sugino crank, and dia-compe 400 brakes.
    good stuff. cyclone was the top of the suntour line.

    drive-side pics always help.
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    Havent figured out how to upload pics ...help...will post.some soon..is it decent frame ...never owned an aluminum bike before
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackfrancois View Post
    good stuff. cyclone was the top of the suntour line.

    drive-side pics always help.
    Believe cyclone was the ultegra or 105 of the sun tour line . Still good stuff.

    Is the frame designed for 6 speed? Steel fork? If so, sounds like 85 is about right. I believe I owned that model. It was the first “racing bike”sold by cannondale

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    It is an original 6 speed setup...
    I was hoping to put upgrade the drivetrain with an 8 speed freewheel....is it possible?...also would.like to switch to brifters. Any ideas?

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    I think if you want to do resto-mod to brifters, then get some newer wheels with cassette-hubs. but I see there are 8 speed shimano compatible screw on freewheels. might need to monkey around with the axle though
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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    It's aluminum. Aluminum doesn't rust.

    With those components (and that serial #), it's from 1985.

    http://vintagecannondale.com/year/1985/1985.pdf
    Aluminum doesn't rust per se, but it does oxidize and parts do seize.

    Interesting vintage catalog. I especially found interesting Cannondale's claim that aluminum dampens road vibrations better than steel. This is the opposite of what we are generally told today.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikethegreek View Post
    Havent figured out how to upload pics ...help...will post.some soon..is it decent frame ...never owned an aluminum bike before
    1) Go Advanced.
    2) Scroll down and click "upload photos.
    3) In new window, click "add files".
    4) Click "choose file" and find your photo".
    5) Click "upload file".
    6) Click "done".
    7) Submit reply.

    That's it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikethegreek View Post
    It is an original 6 speed setup...
    I was hoping to put upgrade the drivetrain with an 8 speed freewheel....is it possible?...also would.like to switch to brifters. Any ideas?
    Converting a 6-speed to an 8-speed may not be possible unless your rear axle width is 130mm. Some older frames are narrower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikethegreek View Post
    Havent figured out how to upload pics ...help...will post.some soon..is it decent frame ...never owned an aluminum bike before
    For me it's:

    Hit "reply"
    In the reply window at the top is a line of icons. Hover over and you see that one is "insert image"

    The image box then gives you the choice of linking to an image address (copy and paste) or uploading an image file from your computer.
    We just don’t realize the most significant moments of our lives when they’re happening
    Back then I thought “well there'll be other days”
    I didn’t realize that was the only day
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    There's sometimes a buggy.
    How many drivers does a buggy have?
    One.
    So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
    and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikethegreek View Post
    It is an original 6 speed setup...
    I was hoping to put upgrade the drivetrain with an 8 speed freewheel....is it possible?...also would.like to switch to brifters. Any ideas?
    I had a Cannondale way back ... it was a 3.0 frame, succeeded by the 2.8 frame and then the CAD series started. It had 7-speed components. After several years, I put an Ultegra 8-speed STI group on it that was taken off a bike I was upgrading. The rear spacing wasn't quite wide enough, so I had to spread it apart a but with my hands to get the rear wheel to fit. The wheel would never center, but it rode OK until one of the drop outs cracked. Frankly, I was kind of glad the bike was kaput -- it was the most uncomfortable bike I've ever owned. I haven't owned an aluminum bike since.

    If it were me, I'd let the thing lie where you found it. Or maybe sell it to some sucker on Craigslist. Maybe ride it as is, but definitely don't put any money into it.

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    I was going to say something along the same lines. Really not worth putting money into except just to get riding. There's going to be many many nice frames from the '90's and later that are worth an upgrade more than this.
    We just don’t realize the most significant moments of our lives when they’re happening
    Back then I thought “well there'll be other days”
    I didn’t realize that was the only day
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9yrupye7B0

    There's sometimes a buggy.
    How many drivers does a buggy have?
    One.
    So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
    and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GekiIMh4ZkM

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    The older Cannondales have a good reputation as racers; very stiff, corner well, crit racer stuff. With that in mind, might not be a comfy ride all day kind of bike. In general it's not a problem putting more modern components on an older 126 mm spaced frame, but an aluminum one may be problematic as the rear triangle doesn't have as much flex to it as steel and you might damage the frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikethegreek View Post
    It is an original 6 speed setup...
    I was hoping to put upgrade the drivetrain with an 8 speed freewheel....is it possible?...also would.like to switch to brifters. Any ideas?
    That frame is certainly a 126mm spacing. Being aluminum, you can NOT increase it, so the best thing you can do is:

    1) convert to 7 speed, using 8 speed shifters or BRIFTERS.

    2) Try some 8-of-a 9(or 10)-speed setup, playing around a lot with axle spacers and lengths, wheel dish, etc. It's probably possible...

    FWIW, 8 sp freeWHEELS are pretty rare, incompatible with 126mm spacing, and really terrible. FreeHUBS have been the state-of-the-art for about 30 years now. So much so that most new freewheels are now just junky stuff for department store garbage bikes.
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    It's only 4mm. Cold set it and go ride. Old Whales are jackhammers btw...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellgate64 View Post
    It's only 4mm. Cold set it and go ride. Old Whales are jackhammers btw...

    Sent from my ONEPLUS A5010 using Tapatalk
    Aluminum can NOT be 'cold set'. Any wrench would know this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    Aluminum can NOT be 'cold set'. Any wrench would know this.
    True. Don't do it.

    I raced an '87 3.0 Criterium with that nasty unforgiving steel fork. Fine race bike, but not a good bike for long recreational rides. Check for corrosion around the plastic top tube cable guides--paint bubbles are your first indication.

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