My first thought was that yes, the reverse was true. Living in NY in the late '80's, it seemed like Colnagos with C-record were being snapped up by (too?) many a well-heeled weekend warrior, so the word "yuppie" automatically comes to mind. Being a college student, and seeing those bikes in the shop, I remember feeling "sticker shock". The C-Record-style parts were impressive, but abondoned real style to my eye. I had no idea at the time of any mechanical or technical weaknesses. I saw the limited gearing choices as one major drawback, preferring to soldier on with more familiar hardware and my box of Japanese sprockets and spares. I ended up buying a friction-shifted Trek, leftover at Wintertime (and pre-index) pricing. That Helicomatic hub made for a surprise or two. I worked on it, suffered through it, then replaced it with a cassette hub a couple of years later. This after the freewheel came apart while riding, which was likely my fault in that I had re-shimmed that rocking (tick-tock) freewheel but lacked the tool to properly re-secure the freewheel's adjusting cone. Yep, way up there on Mulholland drive, and I had to reassemble things using a rock and rusted nail just to ride home.
David Snyder Auburn, CA usa
Dale Brown replied:
> Yes, John, C-Record was introduced after 1983 so is definitely Off Topic.
> Not sure who the elitists are as C-Record was (and still is) very
> John wrote:
> "I seem to remember detecting a trace of elitist disdain on the CR List
> for these components, possibly because they are too modern to be on