Right then! Here I go again on the bumpy RB road to bankruptcy.
Recently bought this Cannondale F1000 frame and forks from a nice guy on ebay. Purchased with the full knowledge that the Fatty was totally seized up so thought I might, with my limited ability, be able to sort it.
I've spent the last couple of weeks contemplating my options. They are as follows.
Keep it as near to original as possible. Service the Headshok and fit period bits. Polish her up and fit new stickers.
Replace the Fatty with different forks using a reducer therefore widening my options. Mid nineties suspension and period parts.
Again different forks with more modern parts.
Picture of bike supplied by previous owner in better days!
First problem! I've begun stripping the Fattys using the article here - http://sheldonbrown.com/cannondale-headshok/index.html
- They have been a real pig because, from what I can tell, the needle bearings have become completely rusted up. Solid
Got as far as the castle nut thingy. Thought I might be able to shift it but i've been unable using my available tools. There is a real danger now of damaging the nut so a halt has been called to proceedings
Question: Has anyone got a Cannondale castle nut tool or similar to either buy or borrow ? Looking at various prices from the US & EU its going to cost a bit and may not worth the cash in the long run. I am also suspicious that if I do get it all apart, will the cost of parts be too much to make it all viable. So any Headshok parts you might have could be useful.
Looking at reducers and reducer headsets this option might be much better and will give me a whole range of fork options. Or do I find a replacement Fatty out there that works well so I can keep it original.
This is a very long term project coz the finance well has run dry so I am aiming at building this over the autumn/winter period. See what Father Chrstmas brings me
Any help gratefully appreciated folks.