For those who are new-ish to the site the coolwall is an occasional vote we run to decide if a component, manufacturer or anything else really is cool or uncool. The retrobike coolwall can be found here
. An archive of previous votes can be found here.
So, onto the October 2011 coolwall vote. This month up for the vote are Entry Level Groupsets
. We're going to be fairly specific here, after much deliberation we'll limit the vote to Shimano 70GS, Shimano 100GS and Shimano 200 GS
which (I think) later morphed into Altus. The tournay groupsets we'll ignore since these are mostly sold on supermarket bikes. 300LX and up we'll assume are mid range for the sake of this poll. Similar level groupsets from other manufacturers are of course also welcome here.
Entry Level Groupsets
cool or uncool? You decide!
I'm sure many will have started on these groupsets. Many will have tales of how they bettered epic wilderness rides on 7 speed and plastic canti'd 200gs which todays modern trail centre riders would baulk at with 30 speed XTR and disc brakes.
Equally these groupsets didn't have the materials and finish of the better groupsets. For the most they were manufactured from plastic and cheapish quality steel (and possibly dairy products). They also weighed a tonne and could be deformed by a stern glare.
A few pics to help you decide