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1984 Cannondale SM500, AKA Crack & Fail the 3-speed

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16" 1984 Cannondale SM-500 off road bike, ridiculous BB height + 24" rear wheel = wheelie machine.

Crazy cupholder freestyle BMX handlebars on a Nitto 4 bolt riser (bent). Sick cobra grips in green.

Steel lugged ATB fork, steel Specialized 1" headset.

26" Araya 7x rim laced to a sealed Specialized hub, 26x2.35 Schwalbe Big Apple slick tire.

24" heavy duty alloy rim laced with .105 spokes to a Sachs Spectro cargobike 3-speed coaster hub, Schwalbe 24x2.1 Big Apple slick.

180mm Sugino Super Maxy TA ripoff, with an old french tandem timing ring in 42t bolted to it. Shimano XT BB with 137mm spindle.

Specialized saddle for now, on a GT 4130 chromoly 22.2 post.

Oddyssey Triple Trap pedals, Green KMC chain.

Sachs 3 Speed shifter.

Deore XT Cantilever brake, sweet skull brake lever

42:17 for cold chillin.

Fat tires and a long seatpost.

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jesus fuck

those bars are cool. and that chainring is beautiful

hahaha this thing is so

hahaha this thing is so cool! looks so fun to mess around on

Added to 50.4 cluster

TA made 50.4 crankarms in 150, 155, 160, 162.5, 165, 167.5, 170, 172.5, 175, 177.5, 180, 185mm, so freaky sizes must have some practical application. I just saw a set of 150 arms listed on eBay, advertised as "juvenile size". I picked up a 180 driveside arm at a swap meet for $ 5, mostly for novelty reasons; I've since discovered the existence of low-tooth 50.4 chainrings, which must be either tandem timing rings or BMX.

Thanks for the heads-up!

how did you tension your

how did you tension your chain like that? i also have a SS 84 SM500.

did you use a BMX with a 1/2 link?

chain tension

I fiddled around with gearing a little and got lucky, there is no half link. much more difficult was respacing the 3 speed hub, that involved making a bunch of spacers myself since it has an axle larger than 10mm.

the magic gear... i did that

the magic gear... i did that with a GT and screamed with joy. i cant find the magic with my SM500.

my 84 is on you should go post it over there.

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