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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:36 pm 
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What are your favourite groupsets from the last few decades? I am thinking along the lines of Shimano Dura-Ace 7400, Shimano Sante, Campag C-Record, Mavic SSC, etc. What would you choose for a dream build?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:55 pm 
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There can't be only one....

The nicest mechs,hubs and shifters are undoubtedly Mavic SSC.
Nicest chainset, seatpost,pedals,brakes and BB are Campag Nuovo/Super Record

I've got all the parts for this build... but not frame!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:57 pm 
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For a euro built frame: I think Super Record and replace the ti bolts for proper steel NR ones. For late 70s to late 80s builts of course.

For Japanese rides EX, AX or 7400.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:09 pm 
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GB brakes, bars and stem. Benelux gears. Williams chainset. Airlite hubs. Chater-Lea pedals. Reynolds chain.

What could be better! 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:20 am 
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Mid-nineties Mavic for me, the later stuff. The 631 cranks were lovely in their quirky way, but the 631/2 really hit the spot, and the 571/2 HG hubs combined Mavic's beautiful finish with Hyperglide practicality. The hidden-spring brakes made by Dia Compe were also in a different class, much smoother and prettier than their Modolo-made predecessors.

Suntour Superbe Pro is another favourite of mine, prettier than contemporary Dura Ace and lighter than C-Record. Superbe Pro pedals (made by MKS) and brakes (Dia Compe again) are some of the nicest ever made.

Older bikes need older gear, of course, but things really moved up a notch in the nineties. With the exception of their track group, Shimano didn't make much that appealed to me before Dura Ace went 9-speed.

From C-Record, I'd have to pick and choose. The cranks and delta brakes are gorgeous of course, and the TBS pedals, but most of the other parts I can take or leave.

Nuovo- and Super Record are all very well, but you need to look back a generation or two before you get to the really good stuff:

http://www.campyonly.com/history/cambio_corsa.html

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I wonder if Old Ned remembers those...


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Cheeky!! I'm not (quite) that old!

But I do remember when a Campag Gran Sport was the latest thing to have!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 9:45 pm 
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Blimey, five responses and all the bases covered!

To be honest I don't think you can go too far wrong with Super Record, SSC or Superbe Pro (the latter much missed on another thread - the brakes in particular were lovely). Similar era Dura Ace was great too but a bit too much of a Campag copy to have it's own identity - it wasn't until STi and onwards that Shimano became a serious player in the European peloton.

If I really HAD to choose it would be Super Record on a Colnago or Merckx plus a clearly unsuitable haircut.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:45 am 
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italian frame? mine is c-record, but i'll allow you super record if it's an older bike.

other euro frame? mavic for sure. i want an SSC equipped bike in the stable.

american or japanese? superbe, for sure. another for the wish-list.

never been a shimano guy, though DA AX and 600 arabesque hold slight interest.


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