RETRO 18" CANNONDALE M800 WITH PACE RC36 EVO, HOPE HUBS, MAVIC RIMS, LX 24SPEED

After much soul-searching and fantasizing about a new ride, I've decided to sell my RETRO 'DALE.....but after close inspection it does need a bit of work. I'll list everything (good & bad) and try to be as honest as possible.....

THE GOOD:
*CANNONDALE M800 18" FRAME, CUSTOM PAINTED IN ORANGE WITH A GOLD/SILVER GLITTERCOAT FINISH. Its has a few chips in the top tube and there is a small dent in the right rear upper chainstay, about 2mm deep and approximately 1" long (it's covered by a Cannondale sticker and isn't that noticeable.....)
*PACE RC36 EVO CARBON FIBRE FRONT FORKS (60mm TRAVEL)
*CANE CREEK 1" HEADSET in perfectly smooth condition.
*PRO XLT-MTB STEM WITH EASTON EA50 RISER BARS, BONTRAGER BAR ENDS.
*HOPE TECHNOLOGY HUBS (RED ANODISED) WITH MAVIC D521 26" RIMS, DT SPOKES & NOKIAN ALL WEATHER SLICKS. Both rims run pretty straight & true, both hubs have slight side play and the front bearing seems a little rumbly though no noise can be heard.
*SHIMANO DEORE LX FRONT & REAR MECHS, 8SPEED CASSETTE AND DEORE THUMB SHIFTERS (CLASSIC RETRO 7SPEEDERS!) Gear shifting is pretty smooth but may need a slight adjustment.
*TEKTRO FRONT AND REAR BRAKE LEVERS WITH V-BRAKES. Braking is sharp and smooth.
*SHIMANO CHAINSET. I think it's LX (has FC M550 on the reverse side)
*VELO SADDLE WITH ZOOM SEATPOST.

THE BAD:
*PACE RC36 EVO FORKS.....hmm, where to start? Well....whoever built this bike should be f*cking shot! the forks were originally 1.125" steerer, but they have ground down the steerer tube to 1" so that it fitted the frame/headset! Honestly, I spent 3 months on the bike after buying it off eBay hacking around my local trails in the UK with little more than a toilet roll insert for a steerer tube....but it's ok - the kind person had safety in mind....they have smacked a piece of wood up the tube to give added strength! If it wasn't for the fact it could break and give me a very quick operation in my mini-me area, I'd laugh about it! Seriously.....I've got photos to prove it! The forks themselves seem pretty good except for one of the bridge support bolts was sheered off (the seller was kind enough to point that out in their auction!) Forks could probably do with a regrease/clean if you can fix the other MINOR details LOL!
*UNSURE WHAT BOTTOM BRACKET IS FITTED. It feels smooth in rotation though.
*FRAME HAS A FEW LITTLE CHIPS AND THAT SMALL DENT I MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY.
*SADDLE HAS A TINY RIP IN THE BACK SIDE ABOUT 1/2" LONG.
*RETRO SHIMANO THUMB SHIFTERS ARE 7SPEED BUT CAN BE USED WITH 8SPEED CASSETTE (remember the HIDDEN CLICK that the world raved about back in the '90s? LOL!)

In all honesty, this bike looks pretty awesome for a retro hardtail....and if it wasn't for the niggly details I'd be using this for a while to come, but I wanna get back into XC racing and looking for something new & shiny! Remember, the main area of concern would be the forks - if you had a spare 1" fork or wanted to buy something new then you could have a pretty awesome bike. Cannondales are light by nature, this on weighs somewhere around 12kg I think and this is also the early HANDMADE IN USA frame with the ultra smooth welding rather than the later China built models.

Price-wise.....not really sure! I know I paid $1600ish for it 2yr ago, but with the issues that need attention it's worth a lot less. I guess really it is only worth what someone will be willing to pay for it. Make a sensible offer and we'll see. I do recommed you come see it, and if you decide you might want it, come to inspect and then change you mind I'll understand.....but once you've checked it out and taken it away then it's yours for keeps.

I'm located in The Vines area of WA.
email address: mattkingsbury240@yahoo.com.au
mobile is: 0416928205
or PM me if ya like!

I'll add a couple of pictures soon, and a link to other pictures on photobucket.

Cheers for looking!

Matt (Rockz)

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