>I'm shopping my first MTB (adding to my current road bike) and have
>been offered a new leftover 1995 Cannondale F1000 -- the shop couldn't
>move it, maybe because of the size (I'm 6'2) It's got a Cannondale Al
>CAAD 3 frame, DD50 HeadShok, GripShift 800 X-Ray, LX front/XT rear,
>brakes that I'd change to LX V's for $50. Bike's mine for $950.
>My main question is, how do the components stack up against their 1997
>versions? Do the LX/XT's or the X-Ray's change much from year to
>Sounds like the frame's a killer, and that's what's really important,
>but should I look for a comparable frame with 1997 components? I
>that for this price, but...
>Any oppinions welcome (except Cannondale sux d00d junk...)
>Nathan Gasser ><>
I have a '95 F1000 and have been pretty happy with it. Here's the
changes I've made from stock:
Swapped the Coda 701 cnc'ed crank and rings for Shimano LX at
purchase. LBS cut price by $200 for the swap, plus I had heard about
problems with the chainrings being too soft and wearing quickly (for
the '95 model).
Replaced the coda/diacompe brakes with Onzas after about a year and a
half, mainly for ease of adjustment although they are stronger than
stock (IMO). Replaced the Force40 cam with a H-pipe cable hanger.
That eliminated the biggest complaint I've had with bike.
Replaced the DD2 oil damped cartridge with DD60 coil spring/elastomer
kit earlier this year. No additional travel but takes big hits better
without having the preload adjusted to the max.
If I were buying this bike new again, I would insist that the LBS
change the force40 cams for H-pipes at no charge. Nobody can keep the
cams adjusted properly. The stock brakes are more than adequate with
this change. If you buy V brakes this is a moot point since they won't
need a hangar. BUT I would insist on the H-pipes anyway so you can use
cantis later or if you sell the frame, future buyer has a choice. I
don't think the '97 frames even have a mount for the cam or cable
The other swap I would insist on is replacing the Onza pedals with
anything else. They are the worst (again IMO) and you will have
trouble getting replacement elastomers, etc. I still have mine - cause
they still work (sort of), will swap them when I wear out the cleat or
Hope this info helps. If you like the frame and fork, I think the '95
is better spec'ed and definitely a better deal at your price than '97
with these changes.