Vintage Cannondale - Serial Numbers & Information



The serial number is the key to finding out what year cannondale you have. Once finding out the year, cross reference with the correct catalog to find out which model you have. Determine with the color (USA and Europe have different colors) and parts in the catalog. Remember, a bicycle can be made the year before for the following year. "example" A 1987 could be made in late 86 for the 87 year.


1983-1985


AA = 1983

BB = 1984

CC = 1985




1986-1992


During 1986-1992 cannondale used 2 different formats.

 

(Version 1)

56 020588 132

56 = Frame Size

020588 = Production Date

132 = Sequence Number


SN#56020588132 indicates a 56 cm frame, built on February 5, 1988, #132



(Version 2)

5 18 0392 0847

5 = Rear dropout spacing

18 = Frame Size

0392 = Production Date

0847 = Sequence Number


"Rear dropout spacing"

0 = 130mm

0 = 120mm track

5 = 135mm

6 = 126mm

 

SN#51803920847 indicates a 135mm dropout, 18" frame, built in March 1992




1993-1999


 

E = 1993, F = 1994, G = 1995, H = 1996, I = 1997, J = 1998, K = 1999

A = January, B = Febuary, C = March, D = April, E = May, F = June, G = July, H= August, I = September, J = October, K = November, L = December




2000-2001


L= 2000, M = 2001




2002-Current


The first letter indicates year.

N = 2002, O = 2003, P = 2004, Q = 2005, R = 2006, S = 2007



All Ravens 1998-2001


2 Alpha-Characters are the serial numbers year and month.

J = 1998, K = 1999, L = 2000, M = 2001





The "Head Badge"


1983-1989

1990-1996

1997-1999

2000-Curent



Head Shok Information (Travel and Model information)


Rear Swingarm and Rear Shock Information (Eye2Eye and Travel specs)


Restoration Tips (Hangers/Cable Stops/Decals)




Technical Documents




"Component dates"

You can also tell the year of your bike from the components on the bike if they are original:

Shimano

Suntour

Campagnolo



650b Conversion Info



Cannondale measures (Pre 2007):

- seatpost sizes - 27.2 mm
- seatclamp - 31.8 mm
- front derailleur clamp size - 31.8 mm
- BB width- 68mm




Super V Info:

rear shock mount changed from seat tube to the down tube in 1996

jekyll swing arms (all years) will work with:
Super v 1996 and newer
Raven 2 (2000 and 2001)