Old 05-18-17, 10:14 PM
Clark W. Griswold
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If it is a real US Paramount go for that always. Those things are awesome. Treks however aren't all that great. Certainly a modern bike with 105 components will probably shift a good bit better than the older stuff but not always.

However as mstateglfr said the main thing is gearing. I have a vintage bike which I love but having a 42 as my smallest chainring at the front and having a 26 as my largest cog in the back is pretty crappy for someone who isn't a good fit hill climber. You might find better gearing on the newer bike. However you can update an old frame with new components and make something really neat but it might cost some cash.
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