Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: SE Michigan
Bikes: '03 Litespeed Blue Ridge; '04 Litespeed Solarno; '12 VooDoo Nakasi
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How reliable is old Shimano Z series components?
I am looking at an old Raleigh Marathon cro-moly bike from a guy down the street who wants $50. He doesn't know the year and I can't find anything about it on the net.
The components are Shimano FD Z202, RD Z503 and shifters Z401 (on the top of steer tube). The cranks are bolt on Sakae SA with 52 & 40 chain rings. It is a 12 speed and says Sport Touring Geometry also on the bike.
The bike fits pretty well and rides / shifts smoothly. The brakes are dia-comp. No dents, a few paint chips and no rust that I can see.
How did these old Shimano Z series hold up? I found one site on the web that said the Z series came out in 1986 so that kind of places an age on the bike. Does the bike seem like it's worth $50? The bike seems to be of decent quality and in very good shape.
Any comments would be appreciated.