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Old 05-30-11, 01:43 PM
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Vintage Dura Ace Parts Value ??

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I looking at selling Vintage Dura ace parts and was wondering what the value of the parts are. here are some pics and thanks for any info
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Old 05-30-11, 05:57 PM
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There is some value there, not enough to get rich on, but enough to ebay. You need a wide audience, there is not great performance in the parts, but many will get a chuckle with Dura-Ace stamped into the brake lever with "Safety Levers" factory attached. Never seen Shimano wing nuts... someone will get interested, your task is to get TWO who are interested at the same time.
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Hey Pinch do you still have those wingnuts? I wonder if they will fit my Motobecane from BD??
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I've never seen center pull DA brakes. One place you might also check for info is sheldon brown. He knows just about everything. Just google him if you don't know his site already
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Old 06-02-11, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by dabearski View Post
I've never seen center pull DA brakes. One place you might also check for info is sheldon brown. He knows just about everything. Just google him if you don't know his site already
Dura-Ace center pull brakes and levers, (most without "comfort" lever extensions) were before the first Dura-Ace pro level group introduced in 1973. I want to say 1971. Evidently Shimano did not have a better name or recycled the Dura-Ace name for the new later Pro level group.

I interviewed at Shimano in 1979 when they were in Sun Valley Ca, it was a small organization, and cheap too. I was offered a job but would have had to take a 25% cut in pay to go work for them, and I my then current salary was not excessive. My biggest take away from that 3 hour meeting was that they depended on a few to do a lot. The marketing dept. was one guy. So, recycling names was the path of least resistance, or was decided in Japan.
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Looks like they came off a pre-1973 Sekine. I have one with those exact same parts on my pre-1973 sekine road bike; wingnuts and all. Shifters are not dura-ace only the brakes.
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Saw some early Dura-Ace centerpulls at a resale shop in Lawrence, KS last year. Meh, they didn't float my boat. Compared with high-end Dia-Compes of the era, they left me cold. Still, there are some that will get all lathery over anything vintage Dura-Ace. I would think you could get $75.00 or so for the brakes and levers.
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