I’ve got an older (mid 80’s) colnago master which is currently built as a fixed gear.
Over the years i’ve thought about rebuilding it as a geared bike but not really sure whether I should go about finding period correct running gear or just go with a modern groupset?
Back in the 80’s i couldnt afford campag gear so i dont know what it’s like? Are the old derailleurs & brakes any good or will they require a fair bit of maintenance?
So whats ppl’s opinions on the older groups compared with modern? Would you bother with downtube shifters and aero levers or will they seem pretty dodgy nowdays?
ps, my other roadie has 10sp campag so im worried putting the old gear on the colnago will make it feel crap compared with the other bike:confused:
well part of me wants to do the period correct thing. however it is a bike i commute with and i do value reliability and durability. it’s certainly not a bike i’d just build up and then have it hanging on a wall to look at. it does and will get ridden in all weather conditions
As already mentioned it depends what you want to do with it- if you want a road bike that just works, buy a new groupset period. But if you want to create a bit of a collectors piece, spend time researching parts, enjoy the history of it all by all means go period correct.
Just remember that period correct stuff will require a bit more stuffing around though, and expect parts not to fit/be compatible/difficult to aquire/obsolete etc etc
Could go Campy with current brifters (Veloce in silver alloy) but a square tape cranks set, Centaur, Athena, Chorus.
Keep it all 10 speed but the cranks will look more traditional and it will shift nicely.
I’ve got DT shifters on my Concorde, I quite enjoy them its just a different style of riding. Having to sit to change whilst climbing can be a bit of a bitch, but if your not racing how often would you usually need to change gears?