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Old 06-07-19, 12:24 PM
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Bah humbug to this modern crap.

Crank - FB


FB Cranks 1 by iabisdb, on Flickr

BB - FB


FB 006 by iabisdb, on Flickr

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Hubs - FB


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Headset - Magistroni


Stem/bars - Ambrosio


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Calipers - Balilla


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RD - Campagnolo Gran Sport


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Originally Posted by iab View Post
Bah humbug to this modern crap.

Crank - FB

BB - FB

Hubs - FB

Pedals - Sheffield

Headset - Magistroni

Stem/bars - Ambrosio

Calipers - Balilla

RD - Campagnolo Gran Sport

FD - Cyclo
Admittedly gorgeous stuff!
I assume this wasn't a random selection. What's it all destined for? Have you posted the Cinelli before?
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Came and went. So it goes.
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Resilion Crimson Star. Very much less is more. Can handle both 5/16 + 1/4 chains. I love the all steel simplicity and robustness.
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Shamano 600 Arabesque
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Unofficially / officially groupset by the late Jon Williams ~ Drillium Revival Campagnolo Super Record.

And another nomination for reworked Campagnolo Super Record of Swiss company ICS (Ital Cicli Systems).
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Old 06-07-19, 10:06 PM
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Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
Unofficially / officially groupset by the late Jon Williams ~ Drillium Revival Campagnolo Super Record.

And another nomination for reworked Campagnolo Super Record of Swiss company ICS (Ital Cicli Systems).
Eye candy... machined, polished, and gold-plated Campagnolo:

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Old 06-09-19, 04:14 PM
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My vote is also for the Shimano 600 ex.
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Old 06-10-19, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
If this is going to be a C&V thread, we should be nominating individual parts rather than groups. The beauty of parts--before Shimano screwed everything up--was that you could mix and match the best parts. I know this thread is about the most "beautiful" parts but for me the most beautiful are the ones that work the best.

So best and most beautiful headset, stronglight A9.
Best derailleurs, suntour.
Best brakes, take your pick, Mafac racers (cheap but great) or campy sidepulls.
Best crank is tough but I'd vote stronglight cranks. The rings were very good on the rockwell hardness test. The cranks were light. And they chainring sizes (or bcd), unlike campy, came in useful sizes. Even the racing crank, the stronglight 93, could go down to 37 teeth. Then stronglight screwed up by copying the campy bcd.
Best hubs, I love campy but the later suntour cartridge bearing ones were great as well.
Best pedals, campys are great but so are the later suntour cartridge bearing pedals (I think they were made by MKS).

If I have to vote for a group worth owning as a group, I like the suntour xc pro stuff/superbe stuff. That was suntour's swan song before it went broke and that stuff is excellent. I have a full xc pro group salted away for a 650b build I plan on doing.

Oh, and shimano gets zero votes which is exactly what it deserves. Don't get me wrong, I love shimano click shifting and the shimano 600/dura ace stuff is pretty hot but shimano made a lot of crappy stuff before it finally figured out how to kill off the competition.

There is not a lot of campy stuff on my post but then campy stuff was beautiful, pricey, and overrated. Was there a crappier uber expensive rear derailleur ever made then the first or second gen campy rally? Or a crappier less well thought out triple then the campy triple? Plus campy headsets are overrated. They were a lot easier to "index" than a well made headset like the stronglight A9. The older stronglight headsets are great too.
This (mostly)!

If limited to groups, I say:
  • 1970s Campy Record (the classic of classics) and first gen Super Record
  • Shimano 600 Arabesque (sorry, it was/is beautiful, mine was reliable for over 30 years, and every maker has a few duds, but this definitely was not one)
  • 1st Gen Suntour Cyclone.
However, I prefer the component route mainly because is allows my grand prize ultra that has to be any combination that includes both the
  • Stronglight 93 crank (49s with the star are acceptable)
  • AND Mafac CP brakes (all types).
That star crank design was recognizable at any angle and distance, and the Mafacs are still very good (and the concept has inspired new variants). The 93 took the five arm crank design to new level of aesthetics, and is my first thought when someone says classic vintage bikes (picturing the Peugeot PX-10E, which I never owned but have always greatly appreciated its looks).
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Old 06-10-19, 01:47 PM
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Another picture of the Spécialités TA Cyclotouriste, this one is with 48 & 34 chainrings

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Old 06-10-19, 01:56 PM
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Zeus 2000. I know, a Campy knockoff, but I really like the drillium.
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Old 06-10-19, 02:21 PM
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I've always had a thing for Zeus, because they made their own frames and grupo, an all Zeus 2000 equipped Zeus bike like this one is one of my holy grail's.


I mean, ain't that a pretty thing (from Retrogrouch)?


And their C.P. brakes, muy sabroso!




The catalog is here (courtesy Velopages):https://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=58296
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Early Shimano

I had a Crane rear deraiur(sp) from the mid 70’s.
Looked very similar to a Campy Record
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Old 06-10-19, 05:11 PM
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I like when form follows function in a very direct line: so for me, dura ace 7400 is my favorite if you are talking full groupset. mixing and matching is a different story. I often mix and match with 7400 to get what I really want.
but still. as stock its just clean and visual appeal aligns directly with its function:
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Old 06-10-19, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by wedgetable View Post
Zeus 2000. I know, a Campy knockoff, but I really like the drillium.
Zeus 2000 is beautiful. Let's hear it for the Drillium. In deference to Shimano, the 600 Tri-Color and Arabesque is very nice as far as Gruppos go, and the first really awesome Shimano equipment.
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I've never owned Campy gear but two things I have seen that turned my crank (so to speak):
- Campy Delta brakes. Modern multi-pivots work better, but man are Deltas pretty and totally fit the form factor of where they are installed.
- A Campy rear derailleur I saw, can't recall the model, but it was adjustable for the amount of gain ("slope") of a particular cassette. It had a small external pushrod that was part of the assembly. I looked at it and said, "Somebody was thinking." Perhaps unnecessary complexity, but I loved looking at it. EDIT: AH, here it is, the Croce d' Aune:

The innovative design of the CROCE D'AUNE derailleur is an improvement on the above mentioned systems and achieves its efficiency through Campagnolo's patented" "TWIN-AXLE System". The "TWIN-AXLE System" is an articulation of the geometry of the derailleur which combines two movements to move the jockey cage across the freewheel while keeping it equidistant from all the cogs regardless of how big or how small they are in diameter.

The "TWIN-AXLE System" of this new derailleur works in this way: when the gear cable is pulled the derailleur rotates on its pivot bolt (fig. A) causing the jockey cage to alter itself to suit the increasing diameters of the freewheel cogs. At the same time, a rigid, stainless steel arm on the diagonal of the parallelogram moves the cage plate along the freewheel (fig. B) guiding the chain from one cog to another. The movement of the parallelogram is controlled by a return spring. This spring is not, however, preloaded like on other derailleurs which can cause needless friction. Thanks to the elimination of friction at this point the derailleur's shifting action is much lighter and smoother than other gear changers.

The "TWIN-AXLE System" of the CROCE D'AUNE derailleur is a new break-through in derailleur technology and is destined to set new standards for competition derailleurs. In races like the Giro d'ltalia and Tour de France where steep mountain roads torture both man and machine it is extremely important for the derailleur to perform flawlessly because one missed shift or slipped chain can be the difference between winning and loosing.

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Old 06-10-19, 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Duragrouch View Post
I looked at it and said, "Somebody was thinking."
More like, "somebody didn't want to cave in to slant parallelograms."
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If one leans towards the look of the Stronglight, I think the SR Royal, from the factory, is a better looking crank.




Originally Posted by BikeWonder View Post

Maybe not as great as the stronglight drillium crank I saw posted earlier, but I really dig the Sugino GT crank. I'd love to own the triple ring verion of this one day.
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Originally Posted by P!N20 View Post
More like, "somebody didn't want to cave in to slant parallelograms."
You may be right, given that it only required a longer rivet at one end and lug plate at the other end of the rod, so would not have required changes to expensive casting or forging tooling for the body parts. I wonder also about the status of patents on the slant designs at the time. Good theory.
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post

This will get some groans for not being vintage enough, but the most beautiful groupset to me will always be Dura Ace 7800. It's what C-Record was trying to be.


FFS, its 20 years old. Is it still not vintage enough?
It's what a T-1000 would ride, or be, it's got that flowing liquid look. "Say, that's a nice bike."
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Originally Posted by P!N20 View Post
More like, "somebody didn't want to cave in to slant parallelograms."
Or:

"Oh crap. We can't do the Rally again for a few years, that's patent infringement."

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Originally Posted by jetboy View Post
I like when form follows function in a very direct line: so for me, dura ace 7400 is my favorite if you are talking full groupset. mixing and matching is a different story. I often mix and match with 7400 to get what I really want.
but still. as stock its just clean and visual appeal aligns directly with its function:
+1.

This groupset is so so no nonsense but beautiful too. Some of the most durable components I can think of as well. Shimano would sell a ton of these if they could re-introduce a throwback groupset like this. I think the 7700 series is really awesome as well.
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Ah, the romance of bike racing...
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Not remotely a groupset, but the original Herse cranks, FD, cantis, and stem are pretty fab.


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Originally Posted by GregU View Post
If one leans towards the look of the Stronglight, I think the SR Royal, from the factory, is a better looking crank.


Is that yours in the box? Very nice. I got one of these as part of a frame that I picked up recently, and I have not been able to find any other pics of this crank with the drilled arms of the crank spider, like yours.


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