Cannondale m500 worth spending money on?

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ddemolder
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Cannondale m500 worth spending money on?

Postby ddemolder » 30 Sep 2020, 10:42pm

Hi I own a cannondale m500 that I haven't used for about 20 years.

I am wondering if it is worth replacing some components or if I am better off buying a more modern bike.

It looks like I will need new tyres and tubes, a new chain and brake blocks but everything else looks OK to my untrained eye. Am I being naive? Are there likely to be other parts that will need replacing?

I am getting back into cycling for fun and am undecided about sticking with the cannondale if it doesn't take too much to make it roadworthy or to just buy a more modern, used bike.

Any advice?

Thanks

Brucey
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Re: Cannondale m500 worth spending money on?

Postby Brucey » 1 Oct 2020, 9:49am

you will probably need a new cassette too; if the existing sprockets are in any way worn, a new chain will skip (under load).

I would definitely fix the old bike up rather than buy a new one; 'made in USA' Cannondales are more sought after by some than later 'made in far east' cannondales.

If you buy another used bike you could be buying a load of someone else's problems along with it.

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Re: Cannondale m500 worth spending money on?

Postby Jdsk » 1 Oct 2020, 9:58am

I'd replace the inner cables.

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Re: Cannondale m500 worth spending money on?

Postby thelawnet » 1 Oct 2020, 10:17am

It might have some collector value, if it has high grade vintage components on it.

What spec does it have? Do you have photos?

It might well be worth selling on and replacing with something more suited to your needs, but there seem to be different M500s (e.g., rigid fork or front suspension).

I'd not really want the front suspension version, but some people do.

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Hell YES!!!!

Postby zenitb » 1 Oct 2020, 3:15pm

I have a broadly similar 1993 Cannondale M700 (bought new) and after some dithering and years in the shed I would never get rid of it now - its become my "do it all" bike. No need to do all the upgrades I have done of course although I would spend some dollar getting a comfy riding position. These are solid bikes. See my blog below http://zenit-b.blogspot.com/2016/11/can ... g.html?m=1

ddemolder
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Re: Cannondale m500 worth spending money on?

Postby ddemolder » 1 Oct 2020, 3:58pm

Thank you all for your advice - I am leaning heavily towards upgrading a few essentials.

Here are some photos as requested.

Thanks
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cyclop
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Re: Cannondale m500 worth spending money on?

Postby cyclop » 1 Oct 2020, 4:44pm

New chain + cassette,cables,probably tyres,maybe tubes so £70-100 and I reckon you have a damn good machine,particularly the frame,well worth the effort.I suppose the brakes might be an issue,being hydraulic rim brakes if not working which could double the outlay .Probably worth trying to acquire some knowledge about servicing wheel bearings,which likely will need some attention,e.g.new grease + adjustment.

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Re: Cannondale m500 worth spending money on?

Postby rogerzilla » 2 Oct 2020, 9:40am

Check it has a steel fork steerer - the Pepperoni forks with alloy steerers were recalled because, as usual with alloy steerers, there was a risk of snapping.

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Re: Cannondale m500 worth spending money on?

Postby hamster » 2 Oct 2020, 9:44am

cyclop wrote:New chain + cassette,cables,probably tyres,maybe tubes so £70-100 and I reckon you have a damn good machine,particularly the frame,well worth the effort.I suppose the brakes might be an issue,being hydraulic rim brakes if not working which could double the outlay .Probably worth trying to acquire some knowledge about servicing wheel bearings,which likely will need some attention,e.g.new grease + adjustment.


Maguras go on just about for ever. I have a couple of sets over 20 years old on bikes.

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Re: Cannondale m500 worth spending money on?

Postby bgnukem » 2 Oct 2020, 3:00pm

Strip and re-grease the hubs and freehub body, old grease may have dried out. Also the headset bearings, and grease the pedals. Make sure the seatpost can be removed.

rogerzilla
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Re: Cannondale m500 worth spending money on?

Postby rogerzilla » 2 Oct 2020, 3:49pm

Alu seatposts in alu frames are usually ok...no galvanic action. The alu in steel combination is the really problematic one. Steel in alu, less of a problem because a bit of heat helps loosen it even if it does stick (which it rarely does; when did you last have a stem bolt or a rear mech bolt corrode into place?)

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Re: Cannondale m500 worth spending money on?

Postby markjohnobrien » 2 Oct 2020, 3:53pm

With a small financial outlay, and a bit of tlc, that’s a cracking bike: very nice.

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Re: Cannondale m500 worth spending money on?

Postby mumbojumbo » 2 Oct 2020, 4:05pm

Would keep bike and replace any worn parts-at most you will spend £100-what sort of bike will £100 get you?Cannondales are classic.

ddemolder
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Re: Cannondale m500 worth spending money on?

Postby ddemolder » 4 Oct 2020, 10:11am

Thanks for the feedback. Really grateful.

Can anyone tell me what the brakes are please as I can't find the brand or model. Thanks

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Re: Cannondale m500 worth spending money on?

Postby speedsixdave » 4 Oct 2020, 10:24am

They look like Magura HS33 hydraulic brakes but a photo of the levers would confirm. Do they feel like they work ok? Both blocks moving smoothly in and out on each brake? They are about as good as rim brakes get - we have them on the tandem - and I certainly wouldn't replace them but they may need a service at this distance. That's not a difficult job, they're completely rebuildable, but it is probably a bike shop job unless you're confident and prepared to buy a bleed kit and perhaps some spares.

On the other hand they might still work absolutely fine. I don't think I've touched the ones on the tandem for ten years except for changing blocks.
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