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Speeds on Late 80's Road Bike(6 posts)

Speeds on Late 80's Road Bikeheldveld
Apr 22, 2003 8:35 AM
How many speeds on your typical late 80's road bike? Where freewheels still used?

New to retro-bikes... Thanks
re: Speeds on Late 80's Road Bikewspokes
Apr 22, 2003 10:26 AM
My first good bike was a 1988 Schwinn Premis. 6 speed freewheel 14-26. Yes, freewheels were the item. Cassettes were just in trials/being thought of in the late 80s I believe, don't quote me on this though.
Shimano!bicyclerepairman
Apr 22, 2003 3:57 PM
The Shimano 600 cassette/freehub first began appearing in the US around 1981 or 1982; I think it came out a year before the Dura Ace version....
Shimano!wspokes
Apr 23, 2003 3:37 AM
Yeah, you are right...I started thinking back and started remembering the funky cool Ax cassette hubs in the 80s with all the spoke flanges tricked out. They were very cool looking. I am but a youngster in this classic world!!
re: Speeds on Late 80's Road Bikemicha
Apr 22, 2003 3:19 PM
The typical late 80's road racer trained and competed with a 7-speed, 13-23 freewheel. Also around about that time, fashion dictated a sudden switch in the front from 52/42 to 53/39. Some of us never got used to the 39 and went back to the 42.

As an aside, there were quite a few brands of freewheels out there then - Campagnolo, Shimano, Suntour, Atom, Regina, Maillard . . . and probably a few more. Each one had its own, distinctive sound when freewheeling - and its own, distinctive reputation of how it would eventually fail. Reginas had a (probably undeserved) reputation to lock up in mid-race, making you finish the race in he fixed-gear mode.
re: Speeds on Late 80's Road Bikeheldveld
Apr 23, 2003 8:04 AM
Thanks to all who replied, exactly the information I was looking for.