1996 Cannondale MT1000

We sold this bike June, 2001. My wife and I enjoyed it for a few years, but recently upgraded to a recumbent tandem. It has about 1000 miles on it and has been very well cared for.

This bike is built around a Cannondale MTB tandem, but is setup for road riding. We bought the bike in May 1997, but it was made for the 1996 model year. We selected a MTB frame because it fits smaller stokers in the rear better than road frames (due to the smaller wheels) and the smaller wheels are stronger and more durable. The Cannondale MTB frames also fits a wider range of tires than their road frames. The frame is a deep blue with a power matte finish that is unique, very durable and very nice looking.

The bike is setup for road riding, with drop bars up front. The drivetrain mostly uses 8sp indexed Shimano parts, with an 11-28 cassette in the rear, an LX rear derailleur and Ultegra 8sp barend shifters. The crankset is a Sugino XD with 54/42/28 chainrings and the front derailleur is a Suntour XC Pro. The cranks and chainrings are new (<100 miles on them) and the cassette has about 100 miles on it. Braking is handled by LX and Avid V-brakes and the Diacompe 287-V brake lever. The captain's position fits a 5'10" to 6'2" rider, and the stoker position can easily be adjusted to fit anyone from 4'10" to about 6' (although it fits riders under about 5'8" best). The stoker stem is adjustable and the seatpost has a quick release, which makes adjusting it to fit different stokers a few quick operation.

The front wheel has a CODA 900M hub (made by Hugi) laced to a Sun Rhyno Lite rim with 36 spokes. The rear wheel has a Shimano XT hub with the same Sun Rhyno Lite rim. These wheels are very strong and durable without being overly heavy. The tires are 26x1.25 slick road tires (Avocet Fasgrip in front, IRC Smoothie in the rear) and have very low rolling resistance.

Some additional features are dual Trek Sensor computers which are linked to a single pickup. This allows both the captain and stoker to keep track of current speed, mileage, time, and other ride information. There is also a Blackburn MTN rear rack for holding panniers, and front and rear fenders to make riding in the rain more pleasant. The stoker position has a Tamer Pivot Plus XC suspension seatpost to smooth out the ride. There is a Blackburn Frame Pump along the bottom tube. The stoker bars have a bell on them. There are 5 water bottle cages mounted (4 silver, 1 black) and there is space for one more under the downtube.

This bike is being sold without pedals. It has matching front and rear Terry saddles (the front one being a man's saddle, rear being a woman's).

Sizing information:
Captain top tube (C-C)5622
Captain seat tube (C-T)49.519.5
Captain seat tube (C-C)44.517.5
Captain standover76.230
Captain max seat height8031.5
Stoker top tube (C-C)68.627
Stoker seat tube (C-T)40.616
Stoker seat tube (C-C)36.814.5
Stoker standover68.627
Stoker max seat height73.729
Stoker min seat height55.922
Stoker min seat height (no suspension seatpost)55.919

Detailed component list:
FrameCannondale Los Dos
ForkCannondale Pepperoni
Brake leversDiacompe 287-V
Shift leversShimano Ultegra bar-end shifters
Captain's handlebarsTrek System 1, 42cm wide
Captain's stemKalloy threadless, 9cm x 40 degrees, cold forged
Stoker's handlebarsCannondale MTB bars with Specialized barends
Stoker's stemCannondale adjustable
Front derailleurSuntour XC-Pro
Rear derailleurShimano LX
Front brakeAvid Arch Rival 40
Rear brakeShimano LX V-brake with Salsa booster
Brake PadsKoolstop Salmon
CranksSugino XD, 38t crossover rings, 54/42/28 drive rings
ChainsSachs (SC-55 I think)
Captain's bottom bracketShimano DuraAce
Stoker's bottom bracketPhil Wood
HeadsetDiatech Aheadset
Captain's seatpostCannondale
Captain's saddle TFI (Terry for men)
Stoker's seatpostTamer Pivot Plus XC
Stoker's saddleTerry
Front hubCODA 900M (made by Hugi)
Rear hubShimano XT
CassetteShimano LX, 11-28
SpokesDT 14g
RimsSun Rhyno Lite
Front tireAvocet Fasgrip City
Rear tireIRC Smoothie
RackBlackburn MTN with blinky light
PumpBlackburn Frame Pump (FP-1m)
ComputersTrek Sensor, linked to one pickup on the fork

We are asking $1300 or best offer. The equivelent bicycle new would cost about $2100-2200 (Cannondale MT800 + drop bar conversion + accessories). We don't want to ship the bicycle, so we are looking for Puget Sound area buyers only. We have a Rocky Mounts tandem rack attachment available that works well with this bike, and would sell that for $75 (retail is $150). This fits onto Yakima or Thule roof rack systems. If you are interested please send email to alex@phred.org.

I'm willing to make any component swaps at cost (if you are interested in a different length of stem, flat bars, or different gearing). I can buy parts new or used at local bike shops and will do the work for free (I am an experienced bicycle mechanic).

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