Cannondale M900 bike from 1996

1996 Cannondale M900

We recently found this 1996 Cannondale M900 while thrift shopping, the bike's condition was ok, and the price was decent, so we decided to give it a second (third?) life. 

We went for a simple build only using parts that we already had, so the bike wouldn't cost us much more, as it would be used as a daily commuter, and to go for a quick tour in the woods on weekends. 

The paint was ok, it came with vintage Shimano XT brakes that would be used on another build, a Race Face stem that was wayyyy too long, and an unbranded carbon handlebar. The only small issue was that one of the previous owners broke bolts into the bottle cage mounts and tried to grind them instead of removing them with the proper tool... 

For this build we used our own Atelier Medium crankset, that we are currently developing and testing, and obviously try to improve in order to get the best compromise between price and performance. And also get correct chainline, as it can be very tricky when you convert a retro bike to mono, playing with parameters such as bottom bracket's length, chainring offset, or even chainring clearance but at the same time keeping a good ratio... 

Some of the parts used on the bike are available on the webstore, the complete description can be found below. 


Cannondale M900 bike from 1996
Atelier Medium headset
Atelier Medium 110 BCD chainring
Cannondale M900 bike from 1996
Billy bonkers tires on a Rhynolite rim

Thomson seat post and Hope seat collar

Vintage 1996 Cannondale catalogue

List of components used : 

Crankset: Atelier Medium 110 BCD Prototype crankset
Chainring : Atelier Medium 110BCD
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore
Cassette: Shimano Deore
Chain: Shimano Deore
Headset: Atelier Medium Standard Headset
Brakes/Rotors: Shimano Alivio V Brakes

Brake Levers: SRAM FR-5
Shifters: Shimano Deore
Stem: Thomson Elite X4
Handlebar: Unknown carbon bar
Saddle: WTB Silverado
Seatpost: Thomson Elite 
Hubs : Hope Pro 4
Rims : Sun Ringlé Rhynolite
Tires: Schwalbe Billy Bonkers 26 x 2.10

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Bonjour, j’ai un Cannondale M900 depuis 2018 (acheté sur leboncoin), j’ai voyagé avec plusieurs mois et aujourd’hui je l’utilise occasionnellement. Je l’adore, c’est un très bon vélo, très solide !


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