Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:43 am

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ

Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: 1995 Cannondale M900
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:50 pm 
Geoff Capes
User avatar

Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:33 pm
Posts: 956
Location: On my laptop somewhere..
I really wanted a replacement M900 for the first one I had that was stolen outside my house while locked to the fence in 2009. :evil: So a hunt on Ebay eventually produced one..from Italy(!) It was a bit of a gamble being so far away but it paid off at the relatively 'safe' price of £130 inc delivery. I sweated for 4 days until it arrived...The frame was sound, hadn't had a hard life and the bike was 'as described' by the seller.4 days from Italy for £15-take note Royal Mail! Then I found this forum... :facepalm: That was about 15 months ago.

Here's roughly what I got in the post from Italia:

It was a mix of a dodgy pressed steel chainset !?, Series 5 2001 Marz Bombers and bits of red insulation tape.

I appreciate the M series. It escaped some of the innovative quirks like the fatty headshock, has a standard 1 1/8'' headset. and missed out on the elongated chainstays. Streamlined simplicity in comparison.

Apart from a couple of exceptions I have tried to keep the gear on the bike within 95-97. There was a bit of too'ing and fro'ing with X-lite and Kore (didn't work, didn't like it) and mythering about returning to 100% rigid after sampling the comforts given by suspension, but this is what it looks like now:

Frame: M900 - 20'' T6061 Aluminium made in Feb '95
Fork: P-Bone 1 1/8" Aluminium

Headset: Ritchey Scuzzy Logic 1 1/8"
Stem: CODA 135mm
Handlebar: CODA Alu
Grips: Foam -unbranded
Gear levers: SACHS Wavey

Brakes: Shimano Deore BR M600
Brake Levers: Shimano Deore BR M600
Brake cables: LBS supplies

Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT FD M738
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT RD M739
Derailleur Cables: LBS supplies
Cassette: Shimano HG 7 Speed
Chain: KMC
Cranks: CODA
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN5?
Pedals: Shimano SPD M535

Hub Skewers: Shimano
Rims: Mavic 221
Hubs: Shimano STX RC MC33
Tyres: Michelin 2" XCR X'trem

Saddle: Selle Italia Flite
Seatpost: System components
Seatpost Binder: CODA q/r

Weight: 10.5kg / 23.1lb +/- -crudely weighed on bathroom scales tonight - will update

I will replace:
Seatpost - CODA wanted.
Saddle - CODA or better condition Flite again.
Cranks - with good 'CODA' logo.
Rear Mech - There is play in the pivots so another M739 soon.

I might replace:..
Brake set: Canti's or V's from '96ish??? IMO these BRM600's are a great match to the f&f and they are excellent mechanically.
Shifters: same applies to the Sachs Wavey - these equal stress free shifting for my thumbs and they make the handle bars look uncluttered.
Barends: Nice minty condition 'XYZ' or 'CODA' barends in black are tempting..
Forks: P-Bones for Pepperoni's ?

Any info, ideas or offers for bits ^^ is welcomed 8)

Anyway enough waffle, more pics...






The eagle eyed amongst you might of noticed that it has had a fresh paint job and new decals.
This is because it had a little accident at a local anti bike theft event. The 'accident' involved unsteady fingers holding a stencil and some permanent ink :facepalm: :

I didn't expect this extra stage to be incorporated into the build but I feel that it has turned out for the best- as you can probably imagine! It was all very amicable and a great example of people being genuine and honourable. The organisation involved accepted liability and coughed up for a full respray and decals..
After a fair bit of research I chose Graphic shack near Bristol to do the spray work and Gil_m on here to do the decals. The quality of work,as you can see is excellent. Specifically:


While I had the chance I weighed the frame: 1.44kg/ 3.1lb :shock: light!

Thanks to :

Benbonty for the P- Bones.
24pouces for the handlebar.
My LBS for the chainset, random bits and for dropping what they were doing when I came running in as if to A&E :) , to the workshop with the indelible ink damage done to the frame.
You lot & my LBS for advice.
My girlfriend for coping with me since the first M900 was stolen. :D

Last edited by saulus on Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:12 pm, edited 2 times in total.

 Post subject: Re: 1995 Cannondale M900
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:14 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:20 pm
Posts: 15
That is lovely. This was the sort of bike I always wanted, but could not afford at the time!



 Post subject: Re: 1995 Cannondale M900
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:24 pm 

Joined: Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:18 pm
Posts: 7
Rad bike. I think some bar ends would really complete it, though. They looked cool on the bike when it was set up as you got it.

 Post subject: Re: 1995 Cannondale M900
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:13 pm 
Geoff Capes
User avatar

Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:33 pm
Posts: 956
Location: On my laptop somewhere..
Thanks fellas :)

@Dorek: Yeah it does look good with barends-I stuck some on there to get it more rideable and, if to be ridden for any real distance, need to get a pair on there now really. I am on the look out for some black CODA or XYZ barends in good clean condition for that job.

Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Falkster, Google Adsense [Bot], mojo ti and 15 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