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Bike purchase question on components.(2 posts)

Bike purchase question on components.thesnake
Aug 17, 2003 6:36 PM
I am considering buying a 10 year old road bike. Its all DuraAce 8 speed. I am a mtnbike refugee that cant ride with all of the mud. So I'm not too up on roadie components. I know it needs a new crank set.

Questions:
Are 8 speed components hard to get?
Are 1" headtubes so old school that I need to stay away from it?
In general should I have trouble replacing parts on a 10 year old Eddy Merckx team motorola road bike?

thanks in advance.
not really, no, and no.russw19
Aug 17, 2003 7:55 PM
About the only thing hard to find in 8 speed Dura-Ace is the actual sti shifters. Most everything else is pretty easy to come by on ebay and in classifieds. But for some reason the shifters are tough to get hold of.

If you ask me, there was no real reason to go to a larger headset for a roadbike. The only reason it happened was people wanted to build lighter and lighter forks. In order to get a fork weight down around 350 grams, you need to use a carbon steerer. They tend to be a bit stiffer and more durable in a 1 1/8th inch steerer. If you use your original fork or even if you upgrade to a carbon fork with a steel, alloy, or Ti steerer tube, a 1 inch headset will be just fine.

And lastly... no, you won't have any trouble replacing parts unless you try to stay true to both the period and the team's sponsors. If you are trying to keep this a replica, then maybe you will have some trouble finding stuff, but in general, any parts will work on that frame. You could spec that frame with Dura-Ace 9 speed if you wanted to. The only thing that would be hard is if you tried to keep it true to the team's actual parts of the day.

Russ