So, after the vote, the story of this bike.
We are in september of 1988. It's the first day of school after the summer hollydays. I'm 17 years old and I'm talking with a friend. He says to me : A bicycle shop has just open. He has mountain bikes…
-mountain bikes ?
- yes, and if you see the prices ! they have a bike which cost 7000 francs !!!
-7000 francs ? They are crazy !
So, later, we go to this shop, and I met this so expensive bike : the bike is black with very big tubes : "it's aluminum, it's very light !". The geometry changes from the mountain bikes we can find everywhere : the bike seems a BMX ! And, it's funny this little rear wheel !
- Do you want to try it ?
And this day, I fall in love.
This bike was the first cannondale I saw. It was the bike of the wife's boss.
We are in february 2006. I'm in the town wherre I was in school 18 years earlier. The shop has grown and it's one of the bigger bike shop in the south of France. I visit him and I met the wife of the boss…
- … and do you still have your cannondale with the 24" rear wheel ?
- I have sold it a long time ago. But, the buyer was my neighbor/ I can ask to him if he still has it…
One week later, my phone rings : it's the neighbor :
-Yes, I still have this C'dale. If you want it, I'm open to sale it !!
So, here's the bike I recover in a dark garage :
Frame : SM "alpine" cannondale alu, size 18"
Fork : tange Chromoly (original)
Rims : anodized rim Araya RM20, Sansin offroad hubs,(original) tires : wolber chamonix (évolution)
crank : Suntour XCD 6000 28/38/48
Free hub : Suntour 14-16-18-21-34-30
rear mecht : Shimano altus C20 (not original)
BB : Sugino
Front mecht : Suntour XCD 6000
Shifters : suntour XCD 6000
Bar : ?
stem: ITM (not the nitto)
Headset Tange seiki Falcon
brakes : rear :U brake dia compe , front : shimano STX (not original)
Brakes levers :Shimano Altus C20 (not original )
Saddle : Vetta anatomic
The catalog picture
So happy to have find this bike and in a good shape, I don't wait any more for riding it…
And, the beginning of the restoration :
buiding new wheels (the original were dead) :
drawing new decals :
finding shifter-brakes levers combo suntour XCD :
for doing that :
(sorry for the last pictures : the only day I could take them for the BOTM was a very rainy day. So, I shooted the bike in the garage)
But, the story is far from the end…
Well… it's really not acceptable…