Updated 2.19.2015

 Shimano Dura Ace was the first to battle the Campagnolo dominance of high end racing componentry.
1973 Dura-Ace catalog     1974 Dura-Ace catalog    Timeline      
Date codes

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The "Crane"
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The first D.A. hubs!
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A new pattern
in the D.A. cranks...

The short-lived DA center pull brake
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The side pull brake set!
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Dura Ace derailleur set in original packaging.

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Shimano AX

     Introduced in 1981, AX parts were perhaps one of the most audacious efforts to redesign modern racing "gear."  The aerodynamic-to-the-max effort made the AX truly ahead of its time! Sadly (?) the world was not ready for this futuristic group and after two years of production, the plug was pulled!

David Ware and Wayne Stetina
at speed on their AX
equipped Tommasini bikes in 1982.

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Dura Ace AX group
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AX 600 stem
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Onion River Sports 1983 Team bike with aero Shimano AX 

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AX components were unusual in many ways...


SANTE Components
Introduced in the late 1980s, Sante was positioned below Dura Ace and above Ultegra 600. 
This group was intended to be a stylish semi Pro level package.


DEORE Touring Components
(Before they used that name for Mountain Bike parts!)
A unusual blend of new design and traditional French cues...

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