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I managed to find a couple of similar frames on web search that suggest the 1987 Vintage Cannodale identification could be correct. The really unique way the top-tube intersects the downtube before the head tube makes me think this is a very small frame. I would suggest it's a 1987 SR600 in 48cm


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reliable interchangeable parts is a trade secret with tiny insights hidden in places across the internet. I disagree with that. The information is out there and is not a secret. Shimano publishes a huge trove of information about their products including detailed specifications and compatibility, with an archive going back to 2004. SRAM is not so great ...


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If you want something utilitarian and practical leaning, the closest thing to your "Thinkpad and not a Macbook" analogy is going to be something from one of the spare-parts-bin-oriented frameset companies like Surly, Soma, etc. If you want something more mainstream and performance-oriented, you'll just want to avoid bikes with proprietary gimmick ...


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