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Howdy, I have been seeing bikes on sale from the mid 90's :confused: that have shimano 600 or ultegra components. Are these components really bad compared to the new shimano 600 or ultegra components? Would it be a waste of money to get an older bike like that because the technology is old?
 

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As long as its in good shape, its a good buy.
Until 3 months ago I was still racing on 600. Figured now that i'm a Cat 3 perhaps I could get some newer equipment. The 600 served me fine. More then fine, I did very well on it. If it is maintained it will performa very well. There are advantages to using it as well. You can find a bunch of old 8 speed cassettes and replacement parts on e-bay for cheep. Dura Ace 8 speed cassets around 40$ new vs. 150$ for 10s campy chorus...

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513xj said:
Howdy, I have been seeing bikes on sale from the mid 90's :confused: that have shimano 600 or ultegra components. Are these components really bad compared to the new shimano 600 or ultegra components? Would it be a waste of money to get an older bike like that because the technology is old?
There are lots of folks who would say the older technology is a selling point.

The quality of pre-2000 Shimano components is just fine--possibly better than fine. I don't know if the ones you're looking at have the "brifters" that integrate shifting into the brake levers. If they don't have that, that's going to be your single biggest difference--downtube shifters take some getting used to, but it's like a stickshift in your car. Learn to use them and you won't be stranded if that's all you can get.

You'll probably also only be seeing 8-speed clusters, but I don't think you gain much from 9 and 10 speeds (I ride a 10, but could go back to 8 without being upset).

For quality, though, they'd be great for a beginner (and then some) if they're not beat up.

If you find a deal, and the shifting type is to your liking, then you should be OK.
 

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Old = cheap?

513xj said:
Howdy, I have been seeing bikes on sale from the mid 90's :confused: that have shimano 600 or ultegra components. Are these components really bad compared to the new shimano 600 or ultegra components? Would it be a waste of money to get an older bike like that because the technology is old?
Just curious as to why you are looking at 10 year old bikes. At any rate, assuming it's in good condition and the price is quite low (probaby less than $400), there's nothing wrong with the equipment.
 

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I've been racing my older bike since my new one is in the shop. I've done 5 races with my 1980's Bianchi with Suntour Cyclone. It hasnt failed me yet, but there is a great differnce in performance if I compare my new bike to the Bianchi. If your just starting, just about any bike will work, you will eventually lust a new one if you get hooked!
 
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