> as well. And the larger problem is that such a date would
> include indexed components from Shimano and Suntour and clipless
> pedals from a number of manufactures.
As I ride clipless on all my cycles I wouldn't call it problem. :) In fact there is nothing that improves riding more than this.
Indexed shifting wasn't an invention of the eighties by the way- Suntour had it back in the end of the 60ies when I remember well*. The market didn't accept it.
To come back to the C-Record: it was a very nice gruppo, that didn't work as good as it looked. Very nice finish indeed... good stuff for all this fixielovers that may want the cranksets. (just kidding a little bit).
I would like to include cycles later than 83 as I also have no problem with old alumium or carbonframes. Alan is classical and vitus 979 is also. They were ridden by almost every team I guess, just the decals changed. But there may be other places to discuss parts and cycles that aren't on topic here.
best regards, Richard
Richard Timm, Hamburg Germany
* Quote: "Interestingly, SunTour's made an indexed stick-shift lever, called 5 Speed Click, in 1969. SunTour also made a combined freewheel plus rear hub, called Unit-Hub, in 1969 for small wheel bicycles. This was a decade before Shimano offered indexed shifting or freehubs. SunTour did not follow through on either of these innovations. "