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Shimano 600---Info?(6 posts)

Shimano 600---Info?Tim
Sep 12, 2001 6:53 PM
The seller of this bike told me that Shimano 600 is the same as Ultegra---is that true? About how old are these components if they're Shimano 600? Also, can these accept a triple chainring?
re: Shimano 600---Info?davidl
Sep 12, 2001 7:01 PM
My 1989 Cannondale has 600. I think it 's a precursor of Ultegra [old ultegra]. Works just fine.
re: Shimano 600---Info?Atombomber
Sep 12, 2001 7:28 PM
600 was the predecessor to Ultegra, and the last few years was called Ultegra 600. I believe 600 was available through '97, and then changed to Ultegra when the system went 9 speed. The biggest difference is that the new stuff uses a splined hollow BB, and the older stuff had the square tapered spindle. 600 was 8 speed. The newer the product, the greater the technology and refinements.

As to 3 ring cranks, I don't know if 600 had that option, though for some reason I think they did the last few years.
600 triplejaybird
Sep 13, 2001 7:28 AM
They did not make a 600ex triple crank. At least I never saw one. I remember having to convert several bikes at the shop I worked at with 600 cranks to a triple and we just replaced them with deore xt.
Timeline...Curtis
Sep 12, 2001 7:29 PM
The progression is Shimano 600, early to mid 80s; Shimano
600 Ultegra, mid 80s to early 90s'; Shimano Ultegra, mid 90s to present.

For example, I have a Shimano 600 brakeset on an old Peugeot that I bought in 1984 (to replace the lousy Wienmann brakes that came on it). I bought another Peugeot in 1987 (my everyday bike, still running strong) and equipped it with Shimano 600 Ultegra group. If I were to refit it today, I would buy Shimano Ultegra.

Regardless of the name, it still represents the #2 group in the Shimano lineup, and probably their best value.
re: Shimano 600Chen2
Sep 13, 2001 9:36 AM
My commuter bike is a 1978 Trek with Shimano 600 52/39 crank set and 12-26 six speed freewheel, friction shifters (great bike, excellent condition). My other bike is a 1998 Trek 5500 (OCLV Dura-Ace). The head set says Shimano 600, go figure.

-Al