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Good deal on used Cannondale?(5 posts)

Good deal on used Cannondale?ponchsox
Dec 7, 2001 7:50 PM
OK, I am new to mountain biking. I saw a used Cannondale on Ebay for $150...it's a 1998 Cannondale M500 in great shape. It is an 18 inch frame. I am 6'0 200 LB...is this a good buy, or should I wait? Is Specialized any better? Thoughts and opinions welcome.
re: Good deal on used Cannondale?Erik W
Dec 7, 2001 8:20 PM
Sounds like a good deal to me if it fits you. Warning - prepare youself for possible flaming for posting a MTB thread on this road bike forum.
How the heck would we know?Rusty McNasty
Dec 8, 2001 6:46 AM
Were just a bunch of roadies. When the pavement stops, we turn around!
We're not all roadies here...BiknBen
Dec 8, 2001 1:14 PM
I'm a BIcyclist. I'll offer some help. When the pavement runs out, I switch bikes. I actually pull my kid around on an 18" M500 C'Dale myself.

I'm 6' tall with slightly longer legs than average. The 18" fits, but barely. My seatpost is at the limit.

$150 for any C'dale is a good deal unless it is in really bad shape. One thing to consider: "M" series frame do not have suspension forks. Some of the frames only came with a 1" head tube. If you ever wanted to upgrade to a suspension fork in the future the 1" head tube would severely limit your choices.

If you're just going to pedal around town or on paths and such, don't worry about it. But if you think you might enjoy the thrill of dirt, you might want to look for something with a suspension fork or at least a 1 1/8" head tube that would allow you to upgrade.

Good Luck
when the pavement runs out...gtx
Dec 8, 2001 1:56 PM
I get a big grin on my face and keep on going. I think one of my favorite sounds in the whole world is making that transition. In the 80s, this was easy to do on most road bikes, which had a bit more tire and break clearance, and were built somewhat beefier than today's lightweights. I think this is why cross bikes are now so popular.