Shimano Dura-Ace 7400 7401 7402 7403 7410 Series Road Component System 1984 – 1996

SB8868 SBDU Nottingham Reynolds 753R Raleigh Banana 7402 Rear Derailleur

The year was 1984. I was only 14 and riding a beat up Raleigh Grifter around the estate. My parent’s shed was my workshop and I was kept busy fixing the bikes for all the local kids. My own bikes were fitted with names such as Sturmey Archer, Simplex, Huret and Weinmann. At the same time, unknown to me, two giants of the cycling world were about to go head to head for market supremacy. In the red corner, fighting out of Italy were Campagnolo, the makers of beautiful looking and precisely engineered components that graced the bikes of the professional peleton; they were up against Shimano in the blue corner, the Japanese corporation often only known for freewheels, hub gears and fishing reels.

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Shimano DURA-ACE 7400 Series – Is That A Perfect Partner for an SBDU Ilkeston Frame

Shimano Dura-Ace 7400 1984 6 Speed SIS

I normally write about what I’ve been up to with builds, but sometimes I just need to get some of my ramblings and thoughts written down as it helps me to work out what to do.