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Got me a roadie bike!...(14 posts)

Got me a roadie bike!...dirtbag
Nov 26, 2001 9:39 AM
...But I'm not quite sure what it is. It seems to be a mid to late eighties vintage Cannondale in very nice condition.
It has Shimano "600" cranks, F&R deraillers and brakes. The hubs are also Shimano but the model # says 65xx, that is 4 digits starting with 6 and I'm pretty sure the second digit is 5. The frame itself is nice, aluminum I'm sure and in the areas where you would normally see weld beads where the tubes are joined it looks to be "molded" sort of like on a carbon fiber frame. It is a "cranberry" type of color and the bike is pretty light, probably less then 20#. The only decals on the frame say "Cannondale" on the down tube.

So...Does anyone know what I just paid 50 bucks for?
re: Got me a roadie bike!...C-mond
Nov 26, 2001 9:47 AM
bet you it is more than 20lbs.
I have a 23 lb HT MTB...dirtbag
Nov 26, 2001 11:02 AM
...and the Cannondale FEELS a lot lighter then it, I'l have to weigh it.
a stolen bike??????? (nm)the insultan
Nov 26, 2001 9:56 AM
Nah, I know the original owner nmdirtbag
Nov 26, 2001 10:57 AM
Pretty nice bike if it fits, guess you'll be shaving your legsMB1
Nov 26, 2001 10:25 AM

You have a bike with full Shimano 600 (now called Ultegra). The welds have been sanded/filed down for cosmetic reasons.

At one time Cannondale made very few models of frames and just changed the forks and components to meet a price point. It ought to be a pretty good general use road frame somewhat stiffer/harsh riding than current models but not a real problem if you use an approprate tire for your weight.

You got a good deal but not a steal since you think it is 10-15 years old. Sometimes the serial number starts with the month and year the frame was built-check it out. And have fun off-dirt.
Oh sure, gonna go with lycra too...dirtbag
Nov 26, 2001 1:05 PM
...and the guys down at Spankys will really let me have it. I figured offering the guy a twenty was an insult and a C note was too much so I gave him 50. The rear wheel needs to be trued and it needs a good cleaning and maybe a set of tires. What might a good tire be for a 200# lug like myself? I was thinking about going with a cross tire, something with a little tread as I know that I'l be drawn to the dirt at sometime or another. It should fit OK as the guy I bought it from is the same height as I am. I might put some flats and barends on it so that I feel a bit more at home, but I'l try the drop bars for a while. I thought it'd be a good beater to ride around the streets this winter. Thanks for your input!
You might have some trouble with the 'cross tires...Greg Taylor
Nov 26, 2001 2:03 PM Cannondale road frames tend to have short chainstays, or at least mine does. Take a look before you splash the cash. Nashbar was blowing out some Panaracer Stradius tires for under $10 a pop (wire bead). These are GREAT tires. Stick with the 23c size.

Keep it greased and that Shimano stuff lasts for frickin' ever. Definately worth the $50.
Whats the clearance Clarance?MB1
Nov 26, 2001 6:10 PM
I'm running Avocet inverted tires on my 'Crosser. I've got easy room for the 38s you might only be able to fit 28s which will be fine if you avoid mud.

Flat bars might really change the handling-stick with the drops for a few hundred miles and see if you can live with them. You put flat bars on a road bike and it takes an awful lot of weight off the front end making for sketchy steering.
same thing here, early this yearJs Haiku Shop
Nov 26, 2001 11:18 AM
that rhymed, didn't it?...

$50 for a black frame with bass-boat speckled finish, not 600, though. mostly a mix of crappy components. yard sale. cleaned it up and sold online for >$160 (ebay).

call c'dale and ask--give them what you have of the serial number and a description, including color and other oddities: 1-800-BIKEUSA. i did as much and they told me year and model over the phone.
And look what happened to Js. Now he wears a tie to work, nmMB1
Nov 26, 2001 11:32 AM
could be a 2.8 or 3.0Jack S
Nov 26, 2001 1:09 PM
Sounds like a 1994 Cannondale 2.8 series R800Twilight
Nov 26, 2001 2:39 PM
I test rode one of those back in '94 but wasn't able to get the money together to outright buy it. The frame and fork are aluminum and components are Shimano 600 (now known as Ultegra). If it fits, you picked up an outstanding bike for almost nothing. Congratulations.
Do you remember what it listed for? nmdirtbag
Nov 26, 2001 3:30 PM