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Old 07-05-11, 10:09 PM
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panosonic dx2000

Hi all,

Picked up a dx2000, sitting in a garage for free. Believe its a '82 or '83.

Fits me well and it rides pretty well considering its age and lack of use. Got a basic tune at a LBS and they said it's good to go for now...

Wondering if anyone has any experience with these and if they could make some basic upgrade recomendations to help restore this classic here.

My first thought is to replace the brake levers, the action on them isn't great so figure this would be something to help the ride and make it more safe.

THanks!
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Its probably not the levers, but either the cables and housings, or the brake calipers. If it is the calipers, they likely need to be taken apart (keep track of which part goes where), cleaned up, and the pivot points greased. Did your basic tuneup include cables and housings? If not, I would do that first.

For rideability, I like to swap out old style levers with aero style. You can find them anywhere. But new levers on dirty, gummed up calipers will not improve braking. Aerolevers are a lot more comfortable for me.

One of my typical aerolever installations:

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Thanks man. I'll give that a try with the calipers, maybe just take it to the local shop and see if they are worth the work. Is there any cleaning products you'd suggest for the calipers?

sweet ride!

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thanks man. I'll give that a try with the calipers, maybe just take it to the local shop and see if they are worth the work. Is there any cleaning products you'd suggest for the calipers?

Sweet ride!

Thanks
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+1, WD40 works nicely to clean and degrease the calipers. Personally, if this is a keeper, I would take both sets of calipers off and take them apart and polish with Mother's metal polish, reassemble them, lube with Triflow and then check them out. The brake levers can be upgraded. Tektro makes some nice aero levers for not a lot of dough. Or you could source some NOS aero levers that would be more "vintage".

Make sure to center your brake calipers. I assume they are both single-pivot, sidepull levers. Those take a knack to center. Search the forum for tips.

Oh, and if it is a keeper, put Koolstop pads or what I like, Serfas "tricolor" pads on the front brake. It will help immensely.

Regarding other upgrades? How is the stem reach? Stem height? You might consider a Nitto Technomic or Technomic Deluxe. Seatposts can also be upgraded. You can go lighter or aero. How are the wheels? Another potential upgrade and while not cheap, will be the best investment you can make in order to improve speed and performance.
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