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Is this Cannondale Black Lightning worth it?

Old 01-23-22, 04:34 PM
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Is this Cannondale Black Lightning worth it?


I found a person offering a Cannondale Black Lightning on CL in my area for $190. I don't like low balling folks, but also don't want to be taken advantage of. It looks like a pretty good deal though. I'm not sure on the year, but here's what I do know: Aluminum frame, 700c wheels, swept back bars, 2x8 drivetrain, Sweet Shimano 600 rear derailleur, and 105 brake calipers. It seems to be in good shape and well taken care of.

I tried looking for it on bicyclebluebook and couldn't find anything. So any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
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These are fairly nice basic early to mid 90's budget racing model so few years to old to find a bluebook value for. If everything is in good working order with major issues $190 is a fair price.
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There are no original components on it. Too bad.

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Yup, it's a Frankenbike now. Hard to say what it's worth; offer $150 and see if the seller bites.

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I'd make sure it fits too. It looks like it may be on the small side.
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If you are into parts, probably worth it. If you want a Black Lightning, not worth it. Getting the original black components, particularly the better year (Suntour Sprint) will be. expensive.

For what it is worth, I saw a similar Black Lightning with upright bars, $175, but it had the Sprint derailleurs and crankset, OEM black brake calipers. It was missing the original bar, stem, and brake levers. I passed.

As I recall, they were more like 1988 +/-. Older bikes tend to not show up due to age. Just look at the oldest Cannondale on BBB. I would not be surprised if they put the value under $100 (BBB tends to be low).
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OP, As everyone has stated the bike in question has very few original parts still included in the sale......for reference here is a spec sheet for the B.L., some very early ones had Suntour Superbe group installed.

Good Luck with your search, original B.L.'s are worth the effort.
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