Was Dura Ace 7800 the pinnacle of Shimano’s road groupset offerings?
I’ve just built up a lovely 1996 Cougar (Terry Dolan) frame with 7800 and I love it.
The shifting is so smooth and light and the silver finish is just the way I think a groupset should look. The cranks are a simple looking work of art in comparison to the modern equivalents.
It’s a shame about the external gear cable routing and the hood shape doesn’t really match well with modern bar shapes, but hey-ho, you can’t get everything right. Not bad for a groupset that debuted 15 years ago.
I’ll post some photos the next time I get the bike out in the daylight…