Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:13 am

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 25 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: 1988 C'dale SM600 - botm
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:42 pm 
.o.T.M Triple Crown Winner
.o.T.M Triple Crown Winner
User avatar

Joined: Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:59 pm
Posts: 3135
Location: Sunny South of France
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 ?
-Yeeeeeeeeesssss !!!!!!
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 :

Image
    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


Details…
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

The catalog picture
Image

So happy to have find this bike and in a good shape, I don't wait any more for riding it…
Image
Image
Image
Image

And, the beginning of the restoration :
buiding new wheels (the original were dead) : Image
drawing new decals :
Image
finding shifter-brakes levers combo suntour XCD : Image

for doing that :
Image
Image
(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…


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:46 pm 
Gold Trader
Gold Trader
User avatar

Joined: Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:35 pm
Posts: 3071
Great to see how things go, love stories like these!

And the bike off course..:-)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:49 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
User avatar

Joined: Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:00 pm
Posts: 5611
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne
8) wow, its great to hear you actually got to own the exact bike of your dreams!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:31 am 
Mr Benn
Mr Benn
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 25, 2006 10:07 am
Posts: 7199
Location: Omnipresent
Glad you got your dream bike. :-)

very cool bike, i always wanted one. had to make do with the catalogue.


8)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:02 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Fri Nov 23, 2007 10:35 pm
Posts: 2048
Location: Vienna, Austria
cool story! nice bike! looking forward to see some progress.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:14 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 13, 2007 3:54 pm
Posts: 2162
Location: West of you, east of them.
That is a great story. Now if I'd known the back story, I may have voted for the Can-o-snails over the Marin, despite the Mavic hubs!

Again, a great story. 8)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:55 pm 
.o.T.M Triple Crown Winner
.o.T.M Triple Crown Winner
User avatar

Joined: Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:59 pm
Posts: 3135
Location: Sunny South of France
Thanks, but I prefered to not write this post, before the end of the BOTM.
The rules say that we have to show only 2 pictures of the bike :wink:

The story is only the cherry on the cake :lol:

So, the difference between the bike I owned and the bike shown for the BOTM :
    Frame : SM "alpine" cannondale alu, size 18"
    Fork : tange Chromoly (original)

    Rims : mavic anodized front, Bontrager Mack 24" rear with the mavic ParisGaoDakar hubs (offered). I really wanted quality wheels for appreciating the bike tires : wolber chamonix (évolution)
    crank : Suntour XCD 6000 28/38/48
    Free hub : Suntour 14-16-18-21-34-30
    rear mecht : I have found a rear suntour XCD
    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 : suntour XC 9000 (but I have a pair of suntour XCD)
    Brakes levers and shifter :combo suntour XCD. On the catalog, the brake levers were the very strange diacompe AD290 )
    Saddle : now, a black old turbo. I changed the original seatpost for a black kalloy with the same design. And, a hite-rite

I didn't respray it. It was the first idea, but I gived up : I couldn't make the decals with the same quality of original.
I've got a nitto stem, as the catalog, but it was an upgrade of the first owner, and the ITM is not so bad on this bike. When I remember the first time I saw a cannondale, it was all black, only the brand logo in gold or red :wink:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:19 pm 
.o.T.M Triple Crown Winner
.o.T.M Triple Crown Winner
User avatar

Joined: Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:59 pm
Posts: 3135
Location: Sunny South of France
I have find this picture…
This 2 bikes were Botm :D
The green 86 SM700 was Botm (tied with the Kev's Roberts) in december 2007 and the black, this month. 24" give me luck !!! :lol: :lol:

Image

(please, don't look this picture if you are eating :lol: )


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Cool
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:57 pm 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jul 03, 2006 12:15 am
Posts: 3347
Location: Up north
A job well done fella 8)

I really dig that XCD stuff! Would love to find a mint XCD chainset


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:25 pm 
.o.T.M Triple Crown Winner
.o.T.M Triple Crown Winner
User avatar

Joined: Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:59 pm
Posts: 3135
Location: Sunny South of France
I had to clean the crank because it had some scuffs…. But it was originaly paint in dark grey (like the picture of the catalog). But I need to respray it with a very strong paint (I would destroy it so quickly…)
Image
Image

The catalog picture of the original Dia compe brake lever
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 25 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Minifreak and 18 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group