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Shimano 600'sempacher6seat
Mar 1, 2002 9:40 PM
I'm pretty new to biking... ok actually I know next to nothing... a friend is trying to sell me his road bike and it's got shimano 600 components... I went to the shimano web site and looked them up on search engines etc, but didn't come up with anything! Where do they rank, compared to other shimano road parts?
re: Shimano 600'scyclaholic
Mar 1, 2002 9:55 PM
Shimano 600's are good quality components, but the line was discontinued a few years ago. They are the equivalent to modern Ultegra.
re: Shimano 600'sweiwentg
Mar 2, 2002 5:30 AM
however, they're old components and quite a bit heavier than Ultegra. I think they may be 8-speed only.
re: Shimano 600'sJimP
Mar 2, 2002 11:20 AM
The components are about 1986 vintage. They were originally 6 speed but you could use a 7 speed cluster and shift levers. You may be able to upgrade some components if you wish but you may not be able to fit the newer rear hubs between the dropouts. Happy riding.
re: Shimano 600'sempacher6seat
Mar 2, 2002 1:55 PM
ok, thanks for the help everyone! I appreciate it!
re: Shimano 600'sChen2
Mar 2, 2002 2:39 PM
My 1980 Trek was originally and still is equiped with Shimano 600, down-tube friction shifters, 6-speed freewheel, hubs, brakes, headset. My 1998 5500 Trek was originally equiped (no longer) with a Shimano 600 headset, rest is Dura-Ace.
re: Shimano 600'scurlybike
Mar 2, 2002 5:09 PM
It better be a real deal, as you can get new bikes at a pretty fair price. That way you get to wear it out youself.
re: Shimano 600'sWoof the dog
Mar 3, 2002 1:24 AM
i got a Nishiki (built by some good Japanese builder, forget his name on the chainstay). Nishiki Tri-A, stagerace/triathalon geometry but probably means nothing really. Tange 1 tubing, shimano 600 all the way, araya rims, crappy spokes though. Old conti tires, still riding these babies. Mavic brake levers, old seat, 6 or 7 speed i think, some japanese handlebars. Tange fork in white - beauty! Likely to be 15+ years old. Bought for 120 dollars by a friend. It is an awesome steel frame though (blue and white ohhhhh) - i sold it to a friend to make it into a fixie. Frame was too big for me. Its been crashed hard a number of times, but its steel - I am sick of aluminum. Steel is real!!!!!! I doubt any lightweight cannondale would survive these crashes.

This gives you an idea on the price


Woof the dog.
re: Shimano 600'sbikelee
Mar 4, 2002 7:21 AM
My 1993/4 vintage Trek 2300 came with Shimano 600, 8spd, STI. I think the groupo was updated by Shimano to Ultegra probably in that timeframe. All components except cartidge bottom bracket (which failed within the first year) are going strong after thousands of miles.
Not necessarily drawbacks for a new cyclistcory
Mar 4, 2002 8:51 AM
As several other people have said, 600 was a decent-quality, reliable group. I think I still have a 600 front derailleur on one of my bikes, at least 15 years old.
As they've also said, it's a little old-fashioned now. But if you're a newbie, just looking for a bike to ride around and see if you like the sport, that's not necessarily a drawback. The performance difference between 7 and 8 speed or 8 and 9 is so small it probably doesn't exist at all for most of the riding most of us do. If the bike fits and feels good and the price is right, don't let the 600 components scare you away.