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Shimano Crane? Anyone using this?(8 posts)

Shimano Crane? Anyone using this?Chicago_Steve
Sep 18, 2003 1:32 PM
My basic understanding is that Crane was the top Shimano group prior to AX coming out. Anyone use this on retro bikes? It seems that Campy is the retro drivetrain of choice...

I've been exploring a LBS that is going out of business and have been turning up some great finds (including a brand new in the box Crane derailleur)....
I think you have a great find: Crane = Dura Ace...morebicyclerepairman
Sep 18, 2003 2:56 PM
Remember how you never saw Clark Kent and Superman together in the same room? Think about it...
BTW Crane/Dura Ace was out before AX.
re: Shimano Crane? Anyone using this?t5rguy
Sep 18, 2003 9:49 PM
It's from before 1978. Have a look here:

Great find!
awesome! Pict enclosed!Chicago_Steve
Sep 19, 2003 5:36 AM
Thanks for the feedback...I don't know if the LBS owner really knows what he has there. The picture is the exact derailleur they have...
awesome! Pict enclosed!t5rguy
Sep 19, 2003 9:34 AM
It's kind of nostalgic; this is the derailleur I couldn't afford on my first 'racing bike'; got some (forgettable) Suntour instead.
Are you going to buy it?
I think so...Chicago_Steve
Sep 19, 2003 10:04 AM
The issue is that I live in a condo with 4 bikes so I would be stockpiling for future projects or (more likely) selling stuff on eBay. I'll probably buy the derailleur and a half dozen or so Brooks B72 saddles that are piled in the corner of the shop...
I had one and it wasn't great, but....boneman
Sep 20, 2003 12:07 PM
I bought one, along with the entire Dura-Ace gruppo, in 1973 from Velocepide in Seattle. The Crane was in between Campagnolo Nuovo Record and Sun Tour in terms of its geometry and amount of chain wrap. My personal opinion, having used the other two names, was that the Crane was crap. It didn't shift as well as the SunTour and wasn't as light as either the Campy or the ST. In fact, mine finally broke, one of the only component failures I've had in 30+ years, at the forging by the hanger bolt.

That being said, it's a bit of history and worth picking up if the price's is right.
re: Shimano Crane? Anyone using this?hudsonite
Oct 6, 2003 6:59 AM
Used a Shimano Crane in 1974. Probably the only person in my group to use the Crane and barend shifters, everyone else (in the serious category of riders) used Campy.

I liked it a lot. It shifted really well in comparison to the Campy stuff. Lasted for a long time and never let me down.

The campy stuff was the 'real' equipment of the time, but everyone that tried my bike was surprised at how well it shifted. It never was going to be Campy, but it did what it had to do very well.

That is great find. I am sure you will enjoy it.