Re: [CR]RE-Black Dura-Ace headset

(Example: Framebuilders:Chris Pauley)

Date: Sun, 4 Sep 2005 18:40:33 -0600
From: "Ed Lutz" <>
To: Geoff Duke <>
Subject: Re: [CR]RE-Black Dura-Ace headset
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Sunday, September 4, 2005, 5:03:07 PM, you wrote:
> Hi Guy and list
> I have just spent the weekend dismantling a late 70's bike with the
> remnants of a complete black Dura-Ace group.It has belonged to my brother
> who has ridden it continually so the stuff is well used.Yes it does have a
> black headset although only the cups are black.The spacers and locknut are
> chrome.Cant speak for the cable clips though as it has braze-ons.
> Geoff Duke Melbourne Australia

Sounds like my headset too. Black cups with chrome nut and spacer. I've also got a set of black calipers. What else was black? Did they do black derailers and shifters? I have a memory, however vague, of trying to find black cable clamps and being told by some guy at some bike shop that Shimano didn't do them in black. Could just be the Southern Comfort talking...

To those that have expressed interest in buying my headset. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet. I'm still bouncing around possibilities for my Bottecchia. If I decide to build it up with period parts (Campy NR mostly) then my Dura Ace stuff will be available. I'm thinking though that I might just build it as I rode it all those years which means the Dura Ace parts go back on. It looks like all I'm missing are rims, stem and bars. The rims went to a friend many years ago and the stem and bars are on my Specialized Epic carbon fiber thingy. If I rebuild the Bottecchia as I rode it then those bars and the stem will come off the Thingy and be put back were they belong.

Ed Lutz
Loveland, CO.