I agree with bigbossman. I'd buy that bike in a heartbeat.
7-sp RSX brifters are excellent. I've had 3 sets and would like a couple more. Just my experience.
1) They can nearly instantly make a great 7-sp downtube shifting bike a great STI bike and triple the market for it, if selling.
2) They can be re-lubed and serviced, albeit limited. Most 8-sp STI's of the era can't.
3) They polish up quite well.
4) The 7-sp freewheels are extremely reasonable to replace.
5) It's not about how many speeds, it's about what range those speeds are in. 7-sp freewheels generally have a nice spread of cogs.
6) They're bringing over $100 becuse of 1) to 5) It's normal.
In my niche, the 7-sp RSX STI system is perfect for 6 & 7 speed C&V bikes you want to upgrade. I've done this, with RSX STI, to two Centurion Ironman bikes and one Centurion Turbo. The results were smooth shifting, tight riding steel lugged bikes with convenient STI shifting.
I was also a serious marathon runner, so maybe it's karmatic coincidentic.
I hope this may have served somewhat to allay your aforementioned fears. (Holy Cow, I'm writing like A. Winthrop, almost).
Use both sides of the towel.
1985 Raleigh Racing USA - Competition (honoring cehowardGS)
1988 Centurion Dave Scott Ironman Master
1989 Centurion Dave Scott Ironman Expert
1989 Centurion Carbon R
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