I'm glad they are getting one for you. What about Cannondale? Don't they keep any around for warranty issues? After all, the V's were one of their more popular bikes.fatboyslimfast said:I've had my Super Vee 600 since 1998 and think it's one of the best bikes I have ever owned. Super stiff, flex-free Headshock, low maintainance yet very efficient rear end and stunning looks. Upgraded over the years to XTR it has never let me down - until a couple of weeks ago - it was leaning against my gate post, ready for a ride when I clipped it with the car and reversed over it!!! One snapped rear triangle later.....!! I'm in the process of getting one, my LBS doing a great job in tracking one down.
I could do with finding out how you remove the swingarm. Any idea's??Gungadin said:I'm glad they are getting one for you. What about Cannondale? Don't they keep any around for warranty issues? After all, the V's were one of their more popular bikes.
I have a 99 Super V 900. It was originally outfitted with the ‘D’ cartridge (lockout, air spring), but when I had a warranty issue with it, I asked the dealer what I had to do to upgrade it to an SL cartridge (adjustable, air spring). I got the fork back with the SL cartridge installed with no upcharge.02Slayer said:After getting a new bike last year, I put my Super V in the basement and considered it retired, after several years of good service. Last week I broke some suspension linkage on my new bike, and took the Ol' Super V out of semi-retirement for a spin. It actually felt pretty good, but after riding a Marz Z1 Freeride for a year and a 1/2 I found the Headshock twitchy, oversensitive and loud. Maybe it needs an overhaul, but at any rate it was making a loud banging metal on metal sound on the bigger hits. I guess I just forgot how the Super V climbs, but I liked that part of the ride.
2 - To those who do not ride with the Headshock - What did you throw in there for a fork, was it tough to do and how do you like it? I have the air/oil cartridge in there now but it just doesn't seem to work very well. I don't remember what the travel is on those things, but it felt like I wanted more. I would love to hear from those of you that have differing opinions or anything else to add. Thanks -
Right On! I started this thread because I ran into a guy who was riding a Cannondale that I didn't recognize. He had his 97 or 98 V powder coated and the bike looked sharp. He had me fooled for some time- believing that it was a 2005 demo (I am usually not that gullible, but the bike had new XTR componennts and had a great paint job).jeffj said:I have a 99 Super V 900. It was originally outfitted with the ‘D’ cartridge (lockout, air spring), but when I had a warranty issue with it, I asked the dealer what I had to do to upgrade it to an SL cartridge (adjustable, air spring). I got the fork back with the SL cartridge installed with no upcharge.
I have always liked the precise tracking of the Headshock, but with 120mm travel in the rear and only 80mm up front, the front suspension seemed to be the limiting factor in how rough I could get. Fork technology and the upgrade bug both got the better of me last year and I decided to try to do a complete makeover rather than go full tilt on a new bike. The biggest difference coming when I replaced the fork with a Minute One and the rear Vanilla coil shock with a Manitou Swinger 4-Way Air.
Between the front and rear suspension upgrades it feels like a new bike. I’m not going to lie to you and say that the Minute One tracks as precisely as the Headshock because it is simply not true. I can visibly see the front wheel deflect at times, BUT in spite of seeing this, the bike is far faster and more controllable with the new fork.
If I were racing, the Headshock would be a great choice with it’s lightweight, precise steering and just enough shock absorption. But I’m a trailrider and getting five inches of travel up front to match the 4.75” of travel in the rear is a marked inprovement. At the 130mm setting, it does change the geometry a little, but at 100mm, the axle to crown distance is the same as it was on the Headshock with 80mm of travel.
I installed the fork myself using an integrated headset/converter made by Cane Creek. It was difficult to do if you have done fork installations before and know how to be careful when dealing with the sensitive parts involved.
I've posted this picture on the forum before and it doesn't reflect my latest version with the 203mm Avid mechanical disc brakes front and rear, but here it is until I get a more recent picture:
I actually sold mine to my brother last year and he likes it as much as I did...the bike is a 2000 and I put all shimmy xt stuff on it as well as a better headshok and a new fox air shock...I have a riding bud who has (I think) an original super-v 1000 and he's had little trouble with it...the only problem I had was that I cracked the original swingarm (badly designed pressed version!) that came on mine...to make matters worse I was about 6 miles from home in brand new nike cairns but they took care of me and put her back together again, no charge!Gungadin said:If so, are you still liking them?
racerX said:The rear shock attachment to frame is so much different than whats on my 97` superV500 that originally came with the active 80 rear suspension.
I also have a 98` superV400.
I have installed Jekyl rear swingarms on both of these with Cane Creek air shocks that have cut down the weight and are more adjustable and the ride is so much smoother. The Jekyl swingarm increases the rear travel because it requires an inch longer shock to make the upgrade posible.
I am going to keep my 98`superV400 that I like so much. Especially when it is under 24lbs but I plan to part out my 97` if anyone is interested in a Jekyl rear swingarm & Cane Creek Cloud 9 rear shock 6.5" eye to eye .
I paid list price for my Minute One fork.02Slayer said:Thank you for that picture, I have been trying to envision my bike set up with a standard shock, and oddly enough went into a shop last night that sells Cdale just to ask a few questions about cost, parts, build, etc and they had a fork on the wall that I took a look at - A Minute One. Coincidence? Fate? How much did you pay for it, if you don't mind telling? A friend suggested throwing on a really inexpensive shock up front, like a Psylo or Pilot even, but I'm not sure they would be much of an improvement, as I don't know a lot about them. I also am just trying to get into doing big mechanical projects like this, so it sounds from your post that it might be a little too much for me maybe. And the rear shock - is there that much difference in your opinion?
Another question - Does everyone else live around rabid Santa Cruz fans that snub anything else? I know their bikes are popular, but has anyone here compared their Super V to a Heckler or Bullit firsthand on the trail? I wish I could, because I'm very curious about how much is hype and how much is deserved praise.
oh man, you have the solution: just switch your headshock to the Z1fr you own. I've made this set-up. I was running a lefty dlr front, but was a little too short and steepened too much the head angle on hard braking; more, the lefty does not support very well a eight inches rotor. I've mounted a '03 marzocchi Z1 fr and all my problems disappeared; It's such a great bike, a mix of strenght and reasonnable weight. I've also mounted a coil-over vanilla rc on rear, which has been specifically tuned for my weight and riding style by tim flooks at tf tuned - uk. This good old super v, once suspensions et and geometry properly and precisely tuned, is better than ever and I don't see another bike I would buy.vinny said:2 - To those who do not ride with the Headshock - What did you throw in there for a fork, was it tough to do and how do you like it? I have the air/oil cartridge in there now but it just doesn't seem to work very well. I don't remember what the travel is on those things, but it felt like I wanted more. I would love to hear from those of you that have differing opinions or anything else to add. Thanks -
oh yes! the super v active 80 was my firstfull suspension bike. I thought the only thing missing was serious travel. So I bought a sv 700 sx with the lefty in 1999. While heavily modified, I'm still riding it, and hope to do so for years to come.Gungadin said:If so, are you still liking them?