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Cannondale Bike Assembly video

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
While looking for info on my old R600, I found this bike assembly video that may be of interest.

Anyone know of a resource that lists older bikes. I'm trying to determine what model and other info about my 10 year (or so) Cannondale R600 w/Campy components and funky side shifters.

TIA
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post
Cannondale R600 w/Campy components and funky side shifters.

::: Don't tell me it's got 8spd Mirage or Athena on it.
post #3 of 14
what's a side-shifter?
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
The closest thing I've found so far seems like the R600 Compact. But it's listed with Shimano components and carbon fiber forks.

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what's a side-shifter?
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
::: Don't tell me it's got 8spd Mirage or Athena on it.
Good or bad? Here's the 8 spd (to be cleaned) with 'side shifters'. What ever their proper term, they aren't the most reliable feeling when pushing them laterally to shift. I can get into the lowest gear on the stand but not the road and really need to push. Identifying this and looking for remedies and fine tuning tips is what I'm looking for:
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post #5 of 14
This site has PDF's of all the catalog's Cannondale has ever produced.
post #6 of 14
The official name of your "side shifters" is Ergo Power.

There's an excellent write-up on adjusting rear derailleurs here.

Note that on an older bike, you could be running into issues with rusting or fraying shift cables that could make adjusting things difficult, at best. If the cables look old, I'd just start by replacing them.

The springs and what not buried inside Campy shifters do periodically wear out. I think the current Campy shifter manuals recommend a rebuild every 15,000 miles or so. I've had those springs wear out, and the shifting just feels kind of mushy. I'd consider rebuilding them a last-ditch effort. If you're brave, there are YouTube videos showing how it's done (just search for "Ergopower Assembly" and "Ergopower Disassembly").
post #7 of 14
C-dales came less assembled out of the box than most (mainstream) bikes. Treks were great, when we had to assemble 150 Jetta/Treks. From box to complete, we were done in 12-14 min.
post #8 of 14
Branford Bike had a nice page on Ergo levers here, now it's just a link to the Ergo manual:

http://www.branfordbike.com/cgi-bin/...18356609#item4

From the pointed hood, I see it's a 1997 or earlier Ergo lever. Good luck with parts and rebuilds: it's a bit of PITA (though nowhere nearly as bad as Shimano rebuilds).

When in doubt, clean the lever out with shop air. Amazing amount of scuzz collects in there.

PS the reason I was nonplused is that parts are hard to find, and I gave away 2 boxes of Athena and Mirage parts for $20 to the nice young lady at the swap last year.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks! Per comprex's lead I found lots of info on the components and Ergo shifters. The bike is low mileage so the 'spongey' shifting is probably more dust and age related than use, though it never did feel right.

Still inconclusive on the model so far, but the info on dealing with the shifters is very helpful and the main issue anyway. The bike has also rolled nicely and makes me wonder why I spend way more time on the mountain bike than this ride.....other than riding safely off road with dogs, RVs & truck mirrors......:

FWIW, the Head Badge symbol:



Is listed as 1990-1996, while the number BI-0302 suggests Feb '97 though it doesn't match the format and locate as indicated in the info/serial number section.

Thanks for the help,
Terry
post #10 of 14
Just singlespeed it. Then you wont have to worry about how it shifts....
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
what's a side-shifter?
FWIW, I expected Kelly Take Offs or Paul Thumbies or something else deliciously kooky, put on as an aftermarket functional replacement for unavailable Ergobits.
post #12 of 14
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Just singlespeed it. Then you wont have to worry about how it shifts....
YO

http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/708192142.html
post #13 of 14
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FWIW, I expected Kelly Take Offs or Paul Thumbies or something else deliciously kooky, put on as an aftermarket functional replacement for unavailable Ergobits.
Or maybe Mavic or Modolo.
post #14 of 14
The term for side shifters that everyone has been so careful not to tell you is brifters, a combination of brake (lever) and shifter.

I thought side shifters might be down tube shifters... Whatever. Nice bike!
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