DRF aka Thrifty Bill
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
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Originally Posted by highhung723
I figured the bike was about entry level quality, but I thought the components would be worth more than the bike. Good think you schooled me. So is the 600 group in general not worth as much or was it just the 600 group of that era not worth as much? Is it comparable to Ultegra now or about the level of Sora?
IMHO, it is not comparable to either. Modern SORA is pretty good, and of course, the shifters sell for quite a bit. Modern brake calipers are dual pivot, even the SORA ones are pretty decent. A lot of vintage components are available cheap, really cheap. There are a lot of versions of vintage 600, some are more desirable than others. Some had really nice appearance, so called Arabesque, which is pretty nice.
As a practical component for every day use, I prefer Suntour stuff. Most of the Suntour stuff is very affordable, very durable, good looking, etc.
Assuming it has alloy rims, parts may be worth more than the complete bike. I buy a fair number of donor bikes, bikes that have decent components and alloy wheels, but often have cosmetic issues.