|despite marginal utility, I love the cantilevered dropouts of the 90s Cannondale 2.8s and 3.0s|
|gotta love the "I have a Chris King hub and you don't" super high-pitched ratcheting sound going down hills|
From what I've read, Cannondale took much more time with the polished aluminum frames, since there's no paint (well, other than clearcoat) to hide rough welds. So they had these miniature belt sanders that they painstakingly sanded each joint with until the tubes seemed to become a single cast piece. Beautiful.
Fingerprints dull these things fast, but when they are clean (Pledge works well), they are mirror-finish shiny. So cool.
|16.99 lbs. (7706g) including pedals, not bad!|
The wheels were sourced used, from ebay of course, and had a wacky 2x lacing front and rear, with black spokes (not my favorite). They quickly went hopelessly out of true, so I rebuilt them with double-butted wheelsmith stainless-steel spokes. Much better.
Found NOS Dura-Ace cranks, shifters and brakes, which are really gorgeous.
|NOS Dura-Ace is getting pricey (derailer is new, 10sp)|
Since these pics, the bourgeois carbon headset spacers have been replaced with Chris King.
|25th anniversary Dura-Ace seatpost, a nice piece|
Next time nashbar.com has a 25% off sale, I'll pick up a Dura-Ace 11-23 cassette. The SRAM one on it now looks cool, but is pretty basic compared to the pinnacle of 9-speed technology. D/A cassettes are partially titanium, and are beautifully made. It seems like a shame to put a greasy chain on 'em.
|the finished bike... as capable as any 2010 road bike|