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Dura Ace 7700 - any good?

Old 02-19-10, 11:10 AM
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Dura Ace 7700 - any good?

I can't seem to find much on the internet about this, other than it's an older 9 speed set - anyone like it, dislike it? Was it last produced in 2004 (someone on the classic and vintage forum suggested this). I'm assuming it was Shimano's top of the line from a 5 years ago or so, but I can't seem to verify this. I'm looking at a used bike that appears to fit me, with dura ace 7700 brifters, derailleurs and brakes. I've always had much lower end stuff, so I am wondering if I would be a sucker to pay around $1000 for a used bike made of reynolds 853 with dura ace 7700 and mavic helium wheels - bike is in good condition, but the frame is around 16 years old (it's a wojcik) and it just seems so much lighter than any other bike I have owned that I am tempted. Again, I checked the bike out and it is in better condition than any of my much newer bikes. But, on the other hand, $1000 for something I don't really need seems kind of dumb. Thoughts?
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I'm using 7700 shifters. They work fine.
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I had used Dura Ace 7700 before, for both racing and recreational riding. It's a good groupset. It's light weight and not as durable as the Ultegra of the time. The problem you'll have is finding replacement parts when it wears down. I would talk the guy down in price.
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I won a bunch of races on my 7700 stuff even years after 7800 came out. It's fine.
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talk him down, 1k is a little steep for any 9sp bike.
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like butter.
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Originally Posted by AngryScientist
talk him down, 1k is a little steep for any 9sp bike.
$1000 seemed a little steep to me, but he said he won't to go lower (I offered $600, as it was worth that to me, and the counter was $1000 is the lowest). He started at $2000 in August, though, so maybe it's just a matter of waiting - it's been for sale for awhile. I checked it out to see basic fit, and now may go back to check again to do a more thorough inspection. I'm trying to decide my ceiling and stick with it. Pros are the components don't appear to have been used much, and the frame is very pretty. Cons are that it uses old components with and older frame. I certainly don't need the latest and greatest, and don't expect if for $1000, but on the other hand I don't want to be sucker. I wonder if I would be better off just going with a new complete surly pacer or something like that for not much different - might be a little heavier, but would be all new. I'm far from a competitive cyclist, but I do commute every day on a bike and try to ride on weekends too, so another bike is not out of the question (at least thats what I tell myself).
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for that old of a bike with a plain jane steel frame, whatever wheels, and 9sp componentry, he's really reaching to ask $1k. 5 years ago, my wife and I paid $900 for a lightspeed with 7700 and WI/open pro wheels for her. that was a good deal then, but it was a much nicer frame with much better wheels and 5 years newer.

I think your $600 offer was pretty fair.
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Originally Posted by oc_rider
The problem you'll have is finding replacement parts when it wears down.
How so? They still make 9spd cassettes. Everything else is compatible with 7800. You can't exactly replace broken parts of the shifters.
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This?

It may be worth 1K.

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Originally Posted by wanders
This?

It may be worth 1K.

That is the bike. I totally don't need it, but it does seem nice and equally importantly it appears to be my size from my very brief first test ride.
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