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Shimano RSX(8 posts)

Shimano RSXSkipB
Apr 15, 2003 6:57 PM
I am looking at a used bike that has the Shimano RSX groupo. Where does this fit in with the Shimano road groupo's? What level (I am not a racer)? What is it's general reliability and is it easy to repair/replace with current parts?

Thanks for your input.
The Acura RSX is pretty good!the bull
Apr 15, 2003 7:20 PM
I would try to go with at least Ultegra.Rsx is some pretty cheap stuff!Personally I would rather have a really old steel Campy shifter bike than a used Rsx bike(If money were the issue)!But thats just me.
Still got it on one of my bikes. Works fine, but...cory
Apr 15, 2003 7:20 PM
I have an old (early 90s?? Not sure--I bought it used) Allez with RSX. It works fine, and I haven't had any problems with it in thousands of miles--but it IS hard to find parts if you need them. Mine's a 7-speed, and cassettes are getting scarce. I don't think you can still get indexing shifters for it (I use barends in friction mode, but if you have to index, that will be a problem someday). Brakes are infinitely interchangeable, so that's easy.
It's been good to me, with minimal maintenance and a lot of winter riding. I'm not sure, but I think RSX was about the equivalent of 105 today.
re: Shimano RSXRusty Coggs
Apr 16, 2003 5:09 AM
7 speed RSX was less well finished and below 105/ rx-100 when they were 8 speed.It generally worked well enough,but was heavy.7 speed sti shifters are only availabe new as Sora for replacement.When other groups went to 9 speed the old 8 speed 105 was given a different finish and marketed as RSX 8 speed for a few years....7 speed RSX shifters would shift a double or triple,but the group suffered from chainrings that were 46/36/26 or 46/36 in size....8 speed RSX front shifters were triple or double specific, and chainrings were 53/39 or 52/42/30.
"Suffered from" 46/36/26? That's what most people NEEDcory
Apr 16, 2003 8:02 AM
If this board were restricted to people who can really turn a 53-11, you and Doug Sloan would be talking to yourselves. One of the best decisions I ever made about a bike was to put a 46/36/26 triple on my Atlantis.
Whatever works.....Rusty Coggs
Apr 16, 2003 8:19 AM
....for you and Grant Petersen...:)
"Suffered from" 46/36/26? That's what most people NEEDLC
Apr 17, 2003 9:20 AM
With a 11 cog, the 46x11 is plenty high enough for most rec riders and being able to have a 26 chainring on hills is nice if your not real strong. Before I raced, I loved having the lower gears but I don't use it anymore. To bad they don't make that size anymore.

No, you can't have mine ;) I am saving that old crankset for a touring bike some day when I burn out on racing.
re: Shimano RSXlaffeaux
Apr 16, 2003 3:23 PM
RSX was replaced by Tiagra. I had '95 7-speed RSX w/STI on a bike and it functioned fine. The bike never saw a lot of miles so I can't really comment on it's durabilty, but I upgraded the bike to Ultegra, and was never convinced that it was $500 that was well spent.

It's not a high end group, but if it's all that you can afford, it works well enough.