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Info about Exage400 vs RX100(5 posts)

Info about Exage400 vs RX100tri-poser
Jan 31, 2002 4:55 PM
I currently own a Fiori Napoli with RX100 gear on it, I don't know the year. I'm looking into buying a 1992 Fiori Roma with Exage400 for a friend (over the internet). Can anyone tell me if these are comparable?? I'm not familiar with the Roma or Exage400.
re: Info about Exage400 vs RX100loop
Jan 31, 2002 6:30 PM

I think--think--that Exage was Shimano's mid-range mountain bike line between Shimano (low) and Deore (high) in the late 80s and very early 90s. I seem to remember having it on an old Mongoose IBOC that I bought in 1990. Shortly thereafter I think it switched to RSX, whereas Deore migrated to LX and XT, eventually giving birth to the high end XTR. It wasn't uncommon back then to find Exage stuff on road bikes, either. You might want to consult with Shimano directly about the comapatability. As far as comparability, it shouldn't be too far apart in terms of weight, although the drivetrain might pose problems.

Hope that helps,
re: Info about Exage400 vs RX100Andy M-S
Feb 1, 2002 6:51 AM
I bought a late '80s/Early '90s Diamong Back ("Centurion Designed," I think) with an Exage road group (biopace 3x7)on it for my daughter. Good stuff, not super shiny, but quite decent. It might be more of a touring group.

One thing you'll find in Exage stuff of this period that you won't find in most road groups: blue anodized brake calipers and brake levers. Kinda funky, if you like that sort of thing--I didn't, so I picked up some NOS silver exage calipers and 8-speed Campy Ergo levers--makes for a nice bike!

The Exage group migrated from road to MTB at some point. I believe that Sheldon Brown has some details on his Shimano page...
re: Info about Exage400 vs RX100Rusty Coggs
Feb 1, 2002 5:42 PM
In road gear,Exage was lower end non STI, and Rx-100 was right below 105 in the STI scheme of things RX-100 was also available with downtube shifters.Main compatibility issue would be whether they were both the same speed in back.
re: Info about Exage400 vs RX100_Marty_
Feb 3, 2002 4:23 PM
the RX100 is a notch above the Exage400.. i have a Minelli road bike.. about 10-12 years old.. its got exage 400 ex stuff on it.. with a rx 100 crank.. works fine for me... i do about 1000kms a year on it.. the rest of the time.. im on a mtb.. had the Minelli for about 3 years.. soo.. figure at lkeast 2000 kms?? no trouble at all.. :) hope your friend loves his new bike!