Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

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Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby brettels » Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:57 pm

After stalling on a couple of projects (The Vetta and Colnago) this popped up on ebay.....have been fascinated for a while on getting a silk road and picked the frame up for $150....

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Build so far

Dura-ace 8 Speed

Mavid rims on Coda Hubs

Easton Seat Post and Handle Bars

Flite Saddle

Just need to cable her up.....

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Might look at a shorter stem and one with not so much rise.....
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby BRLVR.v2 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:48 pm

brettels wrote:Might look at a shorter stem and one with not so much rise.....


Pleased to hear it...., cos that set up is freakin ugly.
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby ldrcycles » Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:52 pm

BRLVR.v2 wrote:
brettels wrote:Might look at a shorter stem and one with not so much rise.....


Pleased to hear it...., cos that set up is freakin ugly.


:lol:

How much travel do those forks have?
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby RobertFrith » Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:59 pm

BRLVR.v2 wrote:Pleased to hear it...., cos that set up is freakin ugly.

Charming as ever :wink:
What is the deal with that? Roadie with suspension?? I love the egg yolk yellow, but yeah, the riser stem looks a bit loopy. What colour bar tape?
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby bosvit » Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:51 pm

I love the frame, that looks awesome!

Fair enough the bars and stem are a bit "how ya going" but that frame..... :wink:
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby brettels » Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:28 am

Thanks for the comments....

Since I'm more of a mountain biker than Roadie I like the idea of a bit of suspension....

The head tube has an integrated coil 'Head Shok' shock absorber which can be turned On or Off by twisting the dial on top of the stem.
The shock is quite useful in helping to out smooth out the road similarly to the front suspension on a mountain bike. Tested out on the Paris-Roubaix (cobblestones). These were used on the road bikes as well as the touring bikes. The shock on these road bikes were tuned for road use, not fully suspended mountain bike use. When accelerating and climbing out of the saddle, you can lock out the suspension. Cannondale used head tube shocks for over a decade on aluminium frames to reduce 'road buzz'.


This one has 15mm of travel....

I can flip the stem but looking at a 5mm stem (these are specific to the headshok) on ebay right now....

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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby GaryF » Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:46 am

I have a secret desire to find an old Cannondale frame too. Tours looks to be in pretty good condition especially for the price you paid. I was thinking about a 'flip' for your stem as well to make it more 'road'.
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby brettels » Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:47 pm

GaryF wrote:I have a secret desire to find an old Cannondale frame too. Tours looks to be in pretty good condition especially for the price you paid. I was thinking about a 'flip' for your stem as well to make it more 'road'.


Yes, agree..... I've had a couple of Cannondale's over the last year but never happy with them....saw these in one of the old catalogs and thought "that would be the Cannondale to have"

All finished....took it for a small ride.....happy

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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby Tinker » Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:27 pm

My nephew was born in 99. It's hard to imagine him as retro the way he dresses :lol:
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby BRLVR.v2 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:38 am

Sorry, I wasn't dissin' the bike or your build, just thought that stem made it look kinda hybrid/comfort hubbard like.
Flipping it would be way too extreme in the opposite direction. If it rides as intended with the OG stem then all good.
Noticed one of these on evil bay at the moment, but kinda exxy on the $$$$
Probably a sound commuter bike?

edit, although the pics here show it flipped down in what is presumably a catalogue shot http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/Bike ... J2w6YfMBgk
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby Velo13 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:14 pm

I rode a Silk Road in London for about 6 months when I worked for a bike shop over there. Looking at the photos, I can't believe how skinny those fork blades are, but I think they are alloy? A pretty reasonable ride though, and the headshok did do what it was meant to.

Always wondered where they all went, but then again, they didn't sell well at the time.

However these did ....

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Not going to hijack this thread, so I'll start another on the build.
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby brettels » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:20 pm

BRLVR.v2 wrote:Sorry, I wasn't dissin' the bike or your build, just thought that stem made it look kinda hybrid/comfort hubbard like.
Flipping it would be way too extreme in the opposite direction. If it rides as intended with the OG stem then all good.
Noticed one of these on evil bay at the moment, but kinda exxy on the $$$$
Probably a sound commuter bike?

edit, although the pics here show it flipped down in what is presumably a catalogue shot http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/Bike ... J2w6YfMBgk


No problem, I am the first to say I don't like the stem, although it rides fine and I have just purchased a less degree rise stem off ebay....

I did try and flip it but yes, it was way too extreme...

Yes, have seen the one on ebay....bit exxxxxxxxy.... hasn't sold yet at that price....

Going to be my training bike.....

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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby brettels » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:23 pm

Velo13 wrote:I rode a Silk Road in London for about 6 months when I worked for a bike shop over there. Looking at the photos, I can't believe how skinny those fork blades are, but I think they are alloy? A pretty reasonable ride though, and the headshok did do what it was meant to.

Always wondered where they all went, but then again, they didn't sell well at the time.

However these did ....

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Not going to hijack this thread, so I'll start another on the build.


Yes, they are alloy.....

I am happy with the ride....not much different to any straight cannondale I have ridden and not much more weight in the bike with the headshok.

That one you have is pretty cool....
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby Velo13 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:29 pm

brettels wrote:No problem, I am the first to say I don't like the stem, although it rides fine and I have just purchased a less degree rise stem off ebay....


You might have bought that off me, I have just sold about 4 Cannondale Headshok stems in the last week and a half!
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby Velo13 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:34 pm

The one on eBay does have a carbon fork, and a set of Magic Motorcyle cranks (which are worth a pretty penny if they are in good shape). I (surprise, surprise!) have a set of those that were intended for the SX800 build, but I had the Rivals so thought I would go with low maintenance.

Still, it is a little steep (and I am concerned about the sellers liver).
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby brettels » Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:12 pm

Velo13 wrote:
brettels wrote:No problem, I am the first to say I don't like the stem, although it rides fine and I have just purchased a less degree rise stem off ebay....


You might have bought that off me, I have just sold about 4 Cannondale Headshok stems in the last week and a half!


Yep, that was me.....

I was bidding on one but cant be bothered with a bidding war and thought I would just but it now for a couple dollars more...

If I had a spare $600 I would be tempted with the one on the bay.....but then again cant justify that since this one cost me $150....
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby Velo13 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:15 pm

Dropped your stem off today. I hope you chuck up some new pics soon.
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby brettels » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:21 am

Replaced the stem.....

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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby find_bruce » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:30 am

Much less ugly :wink:
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby Velo13 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:06 am

brettels wrote:Replaced the stem.....


How does it ride now?
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby brettels » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:54 am

Looks better, but haven't taken it out yet for a ride yet.....
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby Chuckbuck » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:04 am

Can I get the specs on the new stem? I got the same bike recently and that's gotta go. Thank you
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Re: Cannondale Silk Road - 1999

Postby dayne » Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:26 pm

The Yellow one i a road and the blue is a cyclocross,
Bothe pretty cool, What was that original seatpost in the yellow one?
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