Cannondale KV900 Bike 1998 or Older

4.85/5 (27 Reviews)
MSRP : $2000.00


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Cannondale KV900


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tkd76 a Weekend Warrior from Mons, Belgium

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2010

Strengths:    frame design, strength and weight

Weaknesses:    Original components: lx hubs, gripshift and aheadset

Bottom Line:   
None now, except for no suspension but that is what I wanted.

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Favorite Trail:   trail, paths,single track, road

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Charleroi, Belgium

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Quality components: XTR shifters, brake levers and rear derailleur(shadow)Mavic crossride v-brake wheelset, cannondale Save carbon seatpost and Specialized Phenom saddle, Token full carbon MTB fork,XT v-brakes 2010, Syntace VRO stem and carbon lowriser handelbar, FSA pro headset, KCNC titanium skewers and anodized accessories, Crank bros Egg Beaters,Kenda Kiniption tires road or Geax Saguaro off road tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by arclite98 a Cross Country Rider from Nottingham

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2010

Strengths:    eveythin,hard frame, great comfort,awesome ride...


Weaknesses:    Nothin so far(doubt there will ever be a flaw)

Bottom Line:   
BEST HARDTAIL EVER AWSOME BIKE BUY ONE IF YOU SEE ONE! :-)

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere with hills

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   n/a

Similar Products Used:   Proflex 4000

Bike Setup:   mugura brakes, shimano xt chainset,prolight grips, titec carbon fibre bar ends,rims that begin with M(sorry cant remember the name)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kris larsen a Weekend Warrior from Pocatello, Id USA

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2008

Strengths:    I rodr this bike more than 6000 miles year round it is very strong

Weaknesses:    it is a very heavy bike

Bottom Line:   
when i first got the bike i weighed 550 lb, now i weigh 330. i rode it year round, every day commuting to work. I did replace all moving parts and all bearings on this bike. I wore out all moving parts

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Favorite Trail:   city creek pocatello

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Gateway Cyclery, Pov

Bike Setup:   cannondale moto front fork, all deorre xt componants and downhill spokes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by al-rmt a Cross Country Rider from San Antonio Texas

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2008

Strengths:    light weight quick response HARD TAIL. Very Whippe... Fast climber, bumpy decender.

Weaknesses:    DD60 fork. but still using it since 1995. rebuilt once.

Bottom Line:   
Been trying to find a reason get rid of this one. But even after 13 years on this bullit proof biket it's hard to find another 24 pound bike soaking wet that can do what this one can. If you ever have the chance thrash one take it. Ill never sell it.

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Favorite Trail:   Armadillo Trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   B n J's Bicycle purc

Similar Products Used:   Trek OCLV

Bike Setup:   2002 XTR front and rear derailers, shifters, and V brakes. Coda cranks, orignal Coda clipless pedales Flight seat, Coda bar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brandon Abbott a Weekend Warrior from Nashville,TN

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2008

Strengths:    Lightweight, great ride and geometry.

Weaknesses:    The shape is a little inconvenient at times when mounting on my rack. Aside from that I have had NO problems. In facts the thing has taken a beating like a champ.

Bottom Line:   
It is super responsive and climbs like a beast. This is my 4th bike in 2 years. I started riding at that time and did not really know what I wanted. I started with an entry level, then I bought a Gary Fisher which rode good, it just was too heavy. Then I built up my own full-sus, and decided I wanted to scale down to a lightweight hardtail. I love this bike and it is the keeper. I have thought about buying a second one a couple of times since you can get them cheap on eBay, and they are long gone out of production.

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Favorite Trail:   Chickasaw Trace

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Bike Setup:   XT front and back, Brooks saddle, Mavic wheels, Coda crank, blah, blah, blah.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mayolo ruiz a Weekend Warrior from atlanta ga

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2008

Strengths:    Great climbing bike responsive light bike awsome orange paint job

Weaknesses:    crappy fork

Bottom Line:   
great bike love the paint job if you find one get it awsome plan to upgrade front fork

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Favorite Trail:   any thung with dirt

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   yard sale

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   xt cranks, derraillers ,vbrakes avid brake levers easton monkey bars

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by greg kinchelow a Weekend Warrior from Los angeles, ca, USA

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2006

Strengths:    rigid frame. really quick turn, bombs downhills and is very responsive eventhough it is a hard tail. jumps really well. bike is very quick and easy to minipulate. if you want to see pics please feel free to email me. you can get some ideas from her as well...

Weaknesses:    hardtail on big downhill cali mountains

Bottom Line:   
i have had this bike for 10 going on 11 years now and she still performs as well as the day she was finished being built. i always love taking her on a ride. my dog loves to follow. this is my first full complete build of a bike

extremely smooth bike that is quick as you can minipulate. get one if you can.. i love mine and will never paar with her. to many paychecks and to much time to a see a fully polished aluminum frame with all candy parts leave my possesion...

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Favorite Trail:   you name it

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Purchased At:   mt. moriah bike shop memphis,tenn

Similar Products Used:   not similair, but i have owned redlines bmx'e se racing pk rippers, se racing quadangle, etc... redline mini and so forth.

Bike Setup:   i bought this frame and forks for $800 in 1995 polished aluminum and built it from the frame up. took me 2 years to build and contless paychecks spent at colorado cyclists. got rid of rigid forks and added some manitou 4's. chris king headseat. all xt components w/ xtr rear derailuer, cook brothers cranks, ringle goose neck and seat post. titanium seat,hyperlite handle bars, ringle hubs, cyclo cross rims with tie dye titanium spokes, ringle skewers, cantilever brakes, everything sealed (bearings)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob a Cross Country Rider from Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2006

Strengths:    bike is super light and awsome.

Weaknesses:    coda everything. And the fact they dont make parts for this bike anymore so if anyone knows what i can upgrade thats oversized that would be sweet, just email me... THANX

Bottom Line:   
awsome bike i recommend buying one even now if you come across one.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   bike store up north

Similar Products Used:   NONE!!!!!

Bike Setup:   Easton carbon handlears with simple giant grips.. Mavic deer traxxs rims and panaracer xc fire tires.. bontrager seat.. Need help finding a crank, forks (shox), headset, and stem that would fit so i can complete my bike..

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ryan a Weekend Warrior from columbus, oh, usa

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2006

Strengths:    Looks tight, super light, strong, climbing machine. This bike is really a great cross country bike.

Weaknesses:    Headshok has limited travel, but for the intended use it's perfect. This ain't not downhill or freeride bike.

Bottom Line:   
Looks sexy, rides smooth, great single speed conversion. Great for XC, frame is strong enough for abuse, but fork needs upgrade if downhilling or freeriding.

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Favorite Trail:   lake hope state park, athens, oh

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Bike Setup:   Factory brakes, bar, stem, built my own WTB XC wheels, XTR hubs, Single speed rig using Surly Singleator for tension, Ritchey Cranks, Crank Bros pedals, Truvativ BB, WTB Weirwolf tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SHAWN SIMMONDS a Weekend Warrior from BALTIMORE

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2005

Strengths:    This bike is probably the best out there!!! What more could you possibly want out of a bike? Good looks, light weight, awesome colors, and responsive like no other!!!

Weaknesses:    Cannondale does not make it anymore....well...unless the Prophet suites your needs!! But, nothing like the good old hardtail!!!!!

Bottom Line:   
If you are lucky enough to fine one of these.......GET IT!!!! NO MATTER THE PRICE!!! Of course evryone has there own little niche for bikes, and there are plenty of manufacturers out there!! I have ridden many different bikes, but I always seem to come back to Cannondale!! Maybe it's better that I not leave!!! RIDE ON!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   B&A TRAIL

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   EBAY

Similar Products Used:   Spent $1,900.00 on a 03 klein Attitude Comp w/plum crazy paint. Awesome bike, but when I saw this on ebay...I sold the klein!!! The klein was an awesome bike, but there is just something about a Cannondale !!!!

Bike Setup:   Not sure of the year....one of their earlier models...polished aluminum frame...White Ind. hubs w/Mavic rims...Rock Shox Psylo U-Turn...Chris King headset...full xtr...Syncros crank, bars, seatpost...and lots of ANNO!!!! TOTALLY RETRO!!!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lloyd Opolentisima a Weekend Warrior from Cebu, Philippines

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2005

Strengths:    Light and strong... had purchased this bike from my officemate... "A STEAL DEAL"... owned this bike for a week and used it mainly for XC...

Weaknesses:    The frame design is not good to look at... who cares on the design... it's a Cannondale... hehehehehe... Honestly, the bike is a head turner... No weakness so far...

Bottom Line:   
This bike rocks... stiff and yet very responsive. A head turner... Planned to upgrade the fork to a Manitou Skareb... upgrade also its headset to fit the 1 1/8" diameter steerer... also upgrade the stem and handle bar to Amoeba Scud...

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   From a friend...

Similar Products Used:   My current MTB is a Mosso...

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Killer V 900 (polished)... with ControlTech stem and handle bar, Shimano XTR groupset (8 speed), Mavic 217 Sup rims, Shimano XT hubs, Planet Bike Protege 9 cyclocomputer, Maxxis Larsen Oriflamme tires in front and rear, Shimano PD-515 pedals, Amoeba carbon seatpost and Cannondale Pepperoni fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Glenn Argall a Cross Country Rider from Bountiful

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2005

Strengths:    Light and Stiff frame. I ride some pretty crazy stuff on this bike and it's still as good as ever (no cracks,dings, etc). I Bought the frame and built it up. This frame is amazing. I bought it in 95' and it still performs the same as new.

Weaknesses:    Mine is 1 1/8" head tube. Unable to upgrade to Cannondale suspension. Not made anymore

Bottom Line:   
I you're looking for a great bike for XC or even slalom/urban, this is it. This Bike has been the best investment I could have made. I will always be a fan of Cannondale. I will have this frame until it brakes, if it does. Definately worth the extra money to get a bike handmade in the USA.

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Favorite Trail:   any in Utah

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Marin

Bike Setup:   Manitou front shock, Gripshift, Shimano xt derailleurs, mavic 517/Shimano lx wheelset, FSA orbit mx Headset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joe a Cross Country Rider from Edinboro PA

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2004

Strengths:    great frame, rigid, weilds, light weight, looks

Weaknesses:    only weakness is the low end components, CODA, to pretty of a paint job, slightly over priced but I love it

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike back in 98 when I was in high school riding a lot and doing a few races. I knew that this frame was good enough to keep for years (6 yrs later). I'll probably keep it until the frame breaks. I am now to the point of replacing the components which was needed long ago. I can't say I've ridden a bike like this one before. I'm now planning on installing a Lefty, since the DD60 headshock has seen better days (great fork though). Anyways this is a great bike and you can probably get it between $400-$500 if you can find one. I wish Cannondale still made this bike.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   frontier bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Dback's, Ralieh M60, Univega Rover (actually none of those are close to similar, I've just had those in the past)

Bike Setup:   stock 97' kv900ht

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Anthony Moon a Weekend Warrior from Green Bay, WI - USA

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2002

Strengths:    Awesome look, VERY light weight, god i love this bike.

Weaknesses:    rough ride on bumpy trails.

Bottom Line:   
i owned a 1997 Cannondale Killer-V 900 (paid $550.00) from Team 2 Racing.. now i just bought a 1998 Cannondale Killer-V 900 (paid $598.00) from E-Bay. the guy selling it figured it would go for about $375-$400, unfortunately it didn't stay too low. i'm positive it's well worth it though, that's the only real 'expensive' bike i ever owned and it is the whole reason i ever got into biking. now i've been riding this 30lb. Schwin Mtb. Bike as a temporary bike and it just doesn't even compare. i'll always be a die-hard fan of the Cannondale Killer-V 900.

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Favorite Trail:   you name it, i love it.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $598.00

Purchased At:   Team 2 Racing, then E-Bay

Similar Products Used:   i owned a 1997 and now i JUST purchased a 1998. they BOTH rock/rocked.

Bike Setup:   must be good cuz i have NO complaints.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Amir Moon a Weekend Warrior from Union City, CA USA

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2001

Strengths:    Great lateral stability, good climber, stiff frame.

Weaknesses:    Stock stem has negative degree bend, rigid forks,

Bottom Line:   
I loved this bike, it was recently stolen. It handled woderfully when I took it up the ski lifts at Snoqualmie. It' too bad Cannondale stop making the Killer V. I am not too impressed with their newer bikes. I just replaced it with a 2001 Klien Adept Comp. Anyone ever noticed the similarities in the frame design, hmmmmmmmmm. Well don't fight it, just ride it.

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Favorite Trail:   Fort Stielacom and McChord

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $890.00

Purchased At:   Germany

Similar Products Used:   01'Cannondale F700, 94' F606/ F500.

Bike Setup:   Purchased Manitou 3 forks in 94, Clubroost riser bars, Spin wheels.

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Cannondale KV900?

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