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Darth Lefty 
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Originally Posted by MarcusT View Post
Infinitely better? Aren't you exaggerating?
At least an order of magnitude though it depends on how vintage is the vintage. I don't ride my Paramount often even though it's my best riding bike, because the gearing is high and the shifting sucks. The freewheel can't be shimmed properly so it rocks, tick tick tick. Its middle gear is worn, rumble rumble. The shifters are the Campy 1014 version that had metal washers so they have to be screwed down tight and the lever effort is high. Even retrofriction shifters are a huge improvement, much less indexing. The NR rear derailleur doesn't really like the 14-28 freewheel that well and sometimes it rumbles the idler on the cog or upshifts from bottom gear under effort. In spite of the bigger freewheel, 42-28 is still a really high bottom gear, about 40 inches. The top gear isn't as high as a modern bike either though that's probably not important unless you're riding in an athletic group. The rear shifts are spaced +20% instead of the +10% that you get by having twice as many rear cogs.
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