Cannondale r500 year

Cannondale r500 year DEFAULT

*Vintage* 1992 Cannondale R500 Road Bike *Made in USA*

Category: Road Bikes
Condition: Good
Frame Size: 53cm
Wheel Size: 700C
Material: Aluminium

Original Post Date: Aug-16-2020 2:01:58
Last Repost Date: Aug-26-2020 3:37:55
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Greetings and thanks for looking! Up for sale is a classic Cannondale road bike that is ready for a new life. This bike was handmade in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Cannondale bikes are now manufactured in Taiwan or China except for a select few very high end models which are still made in the States. Some may call this bike a collectors item.

Although this bike is pushing 30 years old it still rides solid, quiet and smooth. Most of the parts are original to the bike. Mechanically, the ride is perfect. It shifts through all the gears, wheels are almost perfect (1 broken spoke on rear wheel), tires hold air and have some meat left on them. The rear tire will need to be replaced soon. Brakes work very well and the pads have plenty of life left. Frame is solid, no cracks.

Visually, the bike is in "ok" condition. There are nicks and scratches from storage and bike locks/racks. Some of the paint has worn off on areas of the frame (especially on the chain stay). The decals are peeling off. The grips are dated and needs to be replaced. It's also missing the original rear reflector but will come with a battery powered rear light (shown in pictures)

One modification that was made was relocating the down tube shifters to bar end shifters. This was done to make shifting easier since the rider would no longer have to remove a hand from the handle bars to shift gears.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or additional pictures.

Under the right circumstances I can deliver.

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Top Tube (effective) 417 599 534 637 464 523 634 559 685
Seat Tube C-T 485 578 585 624 581 660 631 680 616
Head Angle 62 77 81 65 61 82 81 85 65
Seat Angle 63 69 67 64 71 63 78 68 74
Chainstay 368 396 444 457 443 362 339 428 426
Wheelbase 1052 880 1054 1120 1102 1101 832 1038 1055
Front Centre 642 656 582 644 496 609 495 726 564
Standover 802 788 630 720 779 850 877 993 854
BB Drop 69 76 67 77 77 54 75 63 54
BB Height 279 255 276 267 263 304 288 274 291
Fork Rake / Offset 50 46 37 37 38 40 41 36 50
Trail 69 68 49 65 68 67 52 58 54
Wheel Size 700c 700c 700c 700c 700c 700c 700c 700c 700c
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Measurements are in millimeters and degrees.

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Canny Has Another Twin! (Cannondale R500 3.0)

Cannondales, especially newer ones, are not exactly a rare breed. Tune in to any Grand Tour like the Tour de France, for example, and you would spot them in the peloton beneath some dudes with massive quads. You do not even need to turn on the tube to encounter one of these oversized aluminum or carbon beauties; likely, at least one buddy of yours may be pedaling an example in your local club ride.

Yet my now twenty-four-year-old Cannondale R500 with red 3.0 frame and white aluminum fork is still unique enough that I always do a double-take when I see one. Since purchasing it in 1993, this has only happened, oh, four or five times. The feeling is similar to when I once met someone who was using a Nokia Lumia 900—the very first smartphone I had—sporting a striking unibody polycarbonate design and gorgeous Windows Phone 7 “Metro” user interface that never gained much traction in the marketplace but was nevertheless capable and delightful.

The most recent rendezvous with the twins, triplets, and quadruplets of my Cannondale R500 (affectionately called Canny) was in Central West End in St. Louis. I was walking through the Medical Center of Washington University when the unmistakable paint scheme and smoothed, filleted TIG welds of this classic made me crank my head around. Upon my second pass of this bike U-locked to a commuter bicycle rack I snapped the featured photo of this post.

It’s almost exactly as how my Cannondale 3.0 was configured when I bought her brand new, including the polished silver Shimano R500 seven-speed components, downtube shifters, triple crank, seatpost, Suntour front derailleur, white brake hoods, black stem and headset. The differences were the following:

  • Frame: Mine is 53 centimeters. This one looks smaller, like 50 centimeters.
  • Handlebar tape: Mine was white (cork, I think), not black vinyl.
  • Pedals: Mine had silver Shimano toe clips and straps and accepted cleats, not black plastic cages.
  • Rims: Mine had silver box-section Mavic MA2s, not Arayas. But it did have 32 spokes on both wheels like the example below.
  • Tires: Mine had Michelin Select (?) 700x23c tires that retailed for $7 at the time. (This is when Michelin’s top-of-the-line tire, the Supercomp HD, retailed for only $22—not $70 like the high-end tires today.) The R500 below has a Schwalbe dual-compound tire that is different from the front and is certainly a replacement.
  • Saddle: Mine had a black Vetta that tore pretty quickly. This one has a black Selle San Marco Ischia that is likely a replacement.

I’m actually amazed that this bicycle still has so many of its original components—much like the 60-centimeter Cannondale R500 I saw in Fort Collins in 2013. The only OEM parts Canny has after nearly 35,000 miles are the frame, fork, and handlebars as I had replaced everything else.

There must be more red and white Cannondale 3.0s out there. If you have one, please drop me a line or leave a comment below.

William Tsui’s Cannondale 3.0

Thanks to William Tsui for sending me a photo of his former red Cannondale 3.0—from Hong Kong no less! His explanation of how he acquired the bike is below.

I had had a red Cannondale which I bought in 1993 in Hong Kong. The shop, Flying Ball (the shop that got Scotsman David Millar into bike racing), built the bike with a CADD 3.0 frame. And I remember I spec’ed full Ultegra components, Mavic Open 4CD rim, Michelin Hi-Comp tires, Turbo saddle on it. Unlike Canny, it has red fork. Unfortunately I sold it in 2007 because I found its ride too harsh. I did not take many pictures of it. There are some low resolution pictures and a very unflattering pic of it being a resting place for clothes hanger (my mom did it).

About Millar, if you read his book he did mention Flying Ball bike shop. He was a teenager living in Hong Kong at that time when his father was pilot for Cathay Pacific. He attended high school in Hong Kong.

William Tsui's red Cannondale 3.0 from Hong Kong.

Photo: William Tsui

Lam Wing Kwong’s Cannondale 3.0

In addition to sending me a photo of his own Cannondale 3.0, William Tsui sent me a photo of his riding buddy’s:

My riding buddy also had a red Cannondale. I am not sure whether it was CADD 3.0 frame though. He bought it in 1992 at Flying Ball and as you can see, it used downtube shifters (my bike has STI). He said it had a mix of Campy, 105 and 600 components. He sold the bike some ten yrs ago.

Canny has many siblings.

Lam Wing Kwong's 1992 Cannondale 3.0 with a mix of Campagnolo and Shimano 105 and 600 components.

Photo: Lam Wing Kwong/William Tsui

It looks the same size as mine (53 cm) but has a red fork and seat collar. It also has “Handmade in the USA” on the seatstay and lacks the model number on the top tube.

Photos not created by Felix Wong may be subject to copyright.
red Cannondale R500 3.0 with white fork
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What is a Cannondale r500 worth?

Bicycle Condition Private-Party Value Trade-In Value Excellent $152 $109 Very Good $132 $92 Good $116 $79 Fair $96 $56

How much is a Cannondale bike worth?

All prices are for 2019 models. These prices are a guideline to the in store prices. 2019 CANNONDALE PRICING – USD 700 F CAAD12 105 $1,575.00 700 M CAAD Optimo 105 $1,320.00 700 M CAAD Optimo Tiagra $1,100.00 700 M CAAD Optimo Sora $1,000.00

How do you read a Schwinn serial number?

The Chicago Serial Numbers consist of a letter representing the month of manufacture, a number indicating the last digit of the year (1960 – 1964; 0=1960, 1=1961, etc.) or a letter indicating the year(1965 – 1979; A=1965, B=1966, etc.), followed by a sequential series of five or six digits (e.g. A367584 or CB77584).

How do I identify my Cannondale bike?

Locate the bicycle serial number. This can be found either behind the seat, on the seat adjustment bar bracket, on the bottom of the bike frame, or on the upper rear frame fork, depending on the year.

How do I find my Cannondale serial number?

Here’s where to look: Cannondale bikes will display the serial number on the underside of the frame. It’ll be next to a bar code.

How can I tell what year my bike was made?

The obvious starting point to find the date a bike was made is the serial number. Serial numbers are stamped onto the bike during the manufacturing process. They are a useful tool in helping recover bikes after theft and also to establish the model. The good news is most bikes have them.

Does Trek own giant?

Giant is the world’s largest bike manufacturer by revenue. The company sells bikes under its own name and makes them for major brands like Trek, Scott and Colnago.

How many numbers are in a bike serial number?

Most (but not all) bicycles have a serial number. They’re usually referred to as a bicycle serial number, but also at times called a “frame number.” They are stamped onto the frame of a bike and range from six to ten digits long.

How can I tell how old my Cannondale bike is?

The date code is positioned on the upper left of the serial number plate for years 1993 to 1999, and on the bottom right for years 2000 to 2001. It is composed of two letters indicating the year and month of manufacture. The years are indicated by letters E through K and the months are indicated by letters A through L.

How do you read a bike serial number?

Most bicycle serial numbers are located under the bottom bracket where the two pedal cranks meet. Simply turn your bike upside down and record the number. If there is no serial number there then check places like the headset at the front of the bike or the rear stays.

When did Cannondale stop making bikes in USA?

The Scalpel Team Replica, one of the winningest MTB frames ever. This news isn’t all that surprising: Cannondale announced it will be moving all its frame manufacturing operations from Bedford, PA to Taiwan by 2010.

Can you look up a bike serial number?

Can you look up a bike serial number? Yes, you look up your bike’s serial number. They are usually situated under your bike’s bottom bracket.

Does Cannondale own giant?

Another brand that does manufacture in its place of origin is Giant, and this happens because Giant is from Taiwan. Cannondale also manufactures its bicycles in Taiwan, although it assembles them in the USA. As you can see most bicycles are currently manufactured in Taiwan with the best results.

Where is Cannondale manufactured?

The Cannondale Bicycle Corporation is an American division of Canadian conglomerate Dorel Industries that supplies bicycles. Its headquarters are in Wilton, Connecticut with manufacturing and assembly facilities in Taiwan.

Do Cannondale bikes have kickstands?

Among the Urban and Fitness bikes, we offer kickstand options for certain models of Electric Bikes. It is not advisable to add a kickstand to our road and mountain bikes, as doing so may compromise the integrity of the bike and safety of the rider.

How do you check a bike isn’t stolen?

One item definitely to ask for is the bike frame number. When you have this frame number, do run it through an online bike checking service and ‘Google it’. The BikeRegister database checker can be found here –

What does a bicycle serial number look like?

Your bike’s serial number will most likely be found underneath the bike’s bottom bracket. So, turn your bike around and look for the spot where the two pedal cranks join.

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Is Cannondale better than Trek?

Cannondale offer their riders the opportunity to fall in love with an extremely well-designed and well-built machine. If you’re looking for something more traditional, then maybe Trek is the better choice for you. With a greater range of models and prices, Trek truly offers something for everyone.

Do all bicycles have serial numbers?

Simply put, a bike serial number, also called a bike frame number, is a string of numbers with anywhere between six to ten digits. Each and every bicycle has a unique serial number assigned by its manufacturer.

How do Cannondale bikes compare to trek?

What’s the difference between Trek and Cannondale bikes? The difference is Cannondale bikes are designed with curved chainstays to absorb more of road shock, while Trek bikes are ideal for people with a short torso, and has 9 Tour de France wins so far.

How do you decode a trek serial number?

The rep said that the first three digits after the “WTU” represent the production day (so “045” would be the 45th day of the year), the two letters in the middle represent the manufacturing plant code, the next four numbers represent the bike’s position in that day’s production run, and the final letter represents the Aug 4, 2020



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