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Old 10-02-09, 10:01 PM   #1
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anyone have experience with late 80's campy athena?

I've seen a couple of vintage bikes advertised with late 80's Athena that I would have to buy sight unseen, and I'm wondering whether anyone has a bike with it, and whether it's markedly worse than Record/Chorus. It certainly looks nice enough.
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Old 10-02-09, 10:46 PM   #2
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Other than recurring nightmares of trying to get Synchro II to index properly, not really.
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I have no experience trying Athena. Shopping for a bike in 1992 the seller told be that a marked difference could be noticed between the Athena and Chorus moreso than between Record and Chorus. I went for DuraAce. for what that's worth.

If I came upon a bike that I liked, its having Athena would not disway me. The slightly less sharp performance as noted , more in the rear der. than any other single place could be addressed by an '88 or so Record which are easy to find and not high priced. Those I've used on other things. The cranks, brakes as far as wt. and stiffness were not viewed as being significantly inferior, regarding Athena back then. At the time, most had a fairly good impression of it, priced ever so slightly less than Ultegra and were often viewed to be more appealing on Italian bikes.
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I have two Athena cranksets with the specified Athena Pedals. Interestingly enough, Campy required the pedal threaded shaft be a minimum of 15mm. Longer than other Campy pedals.

They are top notch pieces. The cranksets are very beautiful and the pedals are incredibly SMOOTH!! I'd go with them any time I needed a crankset. Right up there with Record.

BTW, they take a 111mm bb. Veloce AC-H or others fit the bill. There are even servicable Campy BBs in the 111mm variety.

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Here are some pics of my Athena crankset (53-39) on my Raleigh Comp GS. Also, a pic of the Athena pedals. I used the Veloce AC-H (alloy cups, hollow spindle) version of the 111mm bb.

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I never owned Athena but sold and service several bikes with it. as the other responders said other then the Synchro it was fabulous stuff. the brakes were pretty massive for sidepulls and stopped well. I always prefered the look and more moderate power of the Chorus brakes though. run the Synchro in friction or look for the retro friction shifters from simplex or Campi and you will be very happy with Athena
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cool thanks for the advice. just out of curiosity, where would Shimano 600 of that era fit into the mix (ie better or worse than Athena/Chorus)? I've heard it's reasonably good, but have never tried it.
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cool thanks for the advice. just out of curiosity, where would Shimano 600 of that era fit into the mix (ie better or worse than Athena/Chorus)? I've heard it's reasonably good, but have never tried it.
As I indicated earlier ... 600 = Ultegra, it "works" as good as Chorus, better than Athena by most accounts. Ultegra was the second most pricey Shimano, almost nothing "beats" Ultegra in that time frame .. almost. I reckon that you should have the idea by now.
Record, Croce d'une, Chorus, Athena in that oder, late 80's early 90's
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Other than recurring nightmares of trying to get Synchro II to index properly, not really.
Synchro II is no problem at all on this end , works perfectly here .


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