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  1. irideiam

    irideiam

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    Cannondale Killer V 500-Conversion to single speed 26” BMX

    Besides being a beach cruiser and vintage bike enthusiast, my childhood roots are BMX, so my other passion is MTB & BMX bikes. I am a massive Made in USA Cannondale frame fan. I have always wanted to take the Killer V frame from Cannondale and covert it into a 26" BMX Cruiser. It took me 2 years to find the right frame in a XL in the right color.

    I am too "ADD" to take the time to document the crazy amount of thought, research & detail I get into on my builds. So, I won't give you the boring play by play, but I will share the final result. My biggest challenge was researching and finding a fork that didn't jack up the geometry of this exceptionally cool and one of a kind frame............

    Super fun project & Awesome ride.....

    Parts List:
    1996 Killer V Frame (factory paint) Size XL 22” & P-Bone Fork (original rigid fork replaced with SE fork) w/ Nuke Proof Headset
    - Wheels – Sun Rhino Lite XL 36 hole 26” Black
    - Tires Kenda K-Rad 26 x 2.35
    - Skewers- Halo Racing Downhill Bolt-Ons
    - SE Racing Landing Gear CroMo 700c Fork (413 mm crown to axle, stock P-Bone was 400mm)
    - Stem: S&M Race XLT 57mm- Salsa Blue Anodized Stem Cap
    - Bars: S&M 5.75 Cruiser Slam Race Bar
    - Grips – Oury Traditional Orange
    - Chain Wheel – Profile Racing Imperial 33T Blue Anodized
    - Cranks – Redline Monster 175mm
    - Bottom Bracket – Redline Euro 19mm
    - Pedals- Speedplay Drillium
    - Chain Tensioner: Origin8
    - Chain: 1/8” KMC Z510NP Nickle Plated
    - Single Speed conversion kit: Surly 17T
    - Seat Clamp – Salsa Blue Anodized
    - Seatpost- Blue Anodized Origin8 Zoom
    - Saddle – WTB Speed V
    - Brake – Paul Comp Motolite BMX V-Brake
    w/ KoolStop Pads – Blue Anodized
    Paul Comp Love Lever V-Brake – Blue Anodized
    Brake Cable Housing Blue: Clark
    Brake Cable End Crimp Color: Blue Anodized: Clark
    -Tube Stem Caps- Schrader Anodized Blue

    Original catalog picture....
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    After shots:
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  2. The Renaissance Man

    The Renaissance Man __CERTIFIED DIVER__ (Open Water & Open Dumpster) Pro Member

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    Nice and clean! The chain tensioner is cool.
     
  3. old_skool

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    Super nice job - great conversion!
     
  4. LukeTheJoker

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    Really nice bike, great conversion!
    Some very high quality parts there, make sure you get a couple of good locks!

    Luke.
     
  5. irideiam

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    Thanks guys.....It is super strong and an awesome ride on the street and especially offroad....@ 44 it brings back my childhood BMX days 8)
     
  6. Zumo

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    Turned out great. I have an old 26" beach cruiser I am thing about doing that to.
     
  7. irideiam

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    Ya, I am considering the same thing , building an old skool klunker with a cantilever frame.........
     
  8. LukeTheJoker

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    If you do, I will be watching! :D

    Luke.
     
  9. wheelbender6

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    The Killer V is one of those bikes that I am always looking for. It's difficult to get a bargain on one.
     
  10. irideiam

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    Yes, they are hard to find a deal on especially in a XL(22") in Orange or Yellow, like I was looking for.

    I ended up buying a frame/fork from a guy in Seattle on the Vintage Cannondale Site after posting a "Wanted" ad there. I later resold the original P-Bone aluminum fork for a premium, which made it a pretty good deal.

    It took me over two years to find the one I wanted at the right price.
     
  11. irideiam

    irideiam

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    Guys, I am considering selling this bike to fund other bike projects. I will sell it as a complete or frame/fork only, the only thing that has changed is I put a WTB Pure V Saddle on it that says Redline on the nose, as it came off a Monocog. I also removed the Landing Gear decals off the fork, looks better now. If I sell the frame/fork only, I will keep all the sweet parts for another build. The bike rides like a dream on the street and does well on the trails......

    Before I post it up for sale, figured I would see if anyone here was interested.
     
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  12. jlr551CFD

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    I loved my old Killer V... But I "gave" it to my mom... And she lets me know it every time I see it in her garage!
     

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