> >The basic verdict for 1st generation Dura-Ace, good brake calipers once toed
> >in. Brake levers on a par with Weinmann. Nice hubs, (had chromed oil clips
> >and outer nuts) smooth but durability then suspect.
> I've been using a set of 1st generation Shimano Dura-Ace large flange
> hubs continuously since 1974 and they are still among the smoothest and
> lowest-friction hubs I've ever experienced! I rebuild them every few
> years -- no more than that -- and there is still no sign of pitting or
> other deterioration. As far as I'm concerned they are beautiful
> aesthetically -- much nicer design and finish than the comparable era
> Campy Record large flange hubs -- and delightful to ride.
I have some 1978 black Dura-ace hubs that lasted less than two seasons before pitting badly. The only hubs that I have ever had that lasted less time were French Normandy hubs. Other Dura-ace hubs belongong to my customers of the time had similar experiences, so I would definitely side with John with regards to durability. I do however agree that the design and outside finish is exquisite. Another negative is that the Dura-ace Q/R skewer levers quickly became rusty.