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1979 Chrome Panasonic DX-2000 Dura Ace Upgrade

Old 08-19-22, 10:25 AM
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1979 Chrome Panasonic DX-2000 Dura Ace Upgrade

Just finished upgrading my 1979 Panasonic DX2000 to all period correct Dura Ace Ex 7200 era parts including bar end shifters. Let me know what you think.







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Dura Ace upgrade

P.S. the last piece of the puzzle is a 7200 EX 26.6 seatpost. I have found plenty of 27.0 and 27.2 and even 26.8 but only one 26.6 and i lost the auction. Any help would be appreciated
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Very nice.

I may have a spare set of the correct brake levers if you’re interested.
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I debated getting the dura ace levers and I passed on a NOS lever and caliper set. I decided to keep the SLRs because I like Aero levers better. I may upgrade eventually but for now it is function over form.
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Very nice but perhaps you've found the one bike on earth that gumwall tires don't look right on. YMMV.
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Very nice but perhaps you've found the one bike on earth that gumwall tires don't look right on. YMMV.
are you suggesting all black?
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I kind of like them because they are original 80s Panasonic Panaracers so they fit the brand. Came with the wheel set and are just as gummy and intact as new. pretty amazing actually.
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Very nice! But the freewheel is too modern.

It needs one of these--- despite contrasting with all the beautiful chrome.

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I am way ahead of you. I am waiting on my bike shop to finish building my new wheel set with Dura ace 7200 uniglide hubs and I found this cassette to go with it,,
New-Old-Stock Shimano Dura-Ace 6-Speed UniGlide (UG) Cassette - 13x23 (Silver) | eBay
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Originally Posted by vintagesteel82
are you suggesting all black?
Maybe, or a color sidewall -- red? I would have humorously suggested silverwall -- but -- wait a minute -- wasn't there such a thing in the 1970's? Like a silver annular reflective sidewall?
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very nice..... finding ex is super tough
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very nice..... finding ex is super tough
yeah it took a while.. I decided on the first gen brakes from 73-78 because I like the look better than the second gen. The front derailleur came from japan. The head set was difficult to find as well and I am still looking for a seat post. But I think it came together really well.
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Originally Posted by tiger1964
Maybe, or a color sidewall -- red? I would have humorously suggested silverwall -- but -- wait a minute -- wasn't there such a thing in the 1970's? Like a silver annular reflective sidewall?
silver wall would be sick. I have been looking for those. I am partial to the Panaracer brand as I like to keep the bike all japanese and panasonic if possible.
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Super nice!!!
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Super nice!!!
Thanks!
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Great looking bike. Donít see too many with such a complete DA group from that era. Good luck with the seatpost; one will turn up. Gumwalls look fine. Donít go red. Itís not a circus bike.
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Great looking bike. Donít see too many with such a complete DA group from that era. Good luck with the seatpost; one will turn up. Gumwalls look fine. Donít go red. Itís not a circus bike.
appreciate it. I do like the gumwalls. They are vintage tires that fit the era. Raised center bead that Panaracer doesn't even make anymore. As for the seatpost. I just found one an immediately bought it off ebay. so the only thing that isnt dura ace are the brake levers and I kept the SLR because I prefer Aero levers. Maybe one day I will complete the build with the Non Aero levers, but for now I think it looks great.
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Originally Posted by vintagesteel82
Maybe one day I will complete the build with the Non Aero levers, but for now I think it looks great.
Now you can relax and pick up a set at your leisure so youíll have a set ready to swap out if you decide to go that route.
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Now you can relax and pick up a set at your leisure so youíll have a set ready to swap out if you decide to go that route.
yeah.. i have my eye on a pair on ebay.. hardest thing to find is black hoods that fit the old style levers.
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yeah.. i have my eye on a pair on ebay.. hardest thing to find is black hoods that fit the old style levers.
I have DA 7402 levers with like-new hoods. I know they wonít last forever, so I saved an eBay search maybe three years ago. Wasnít in a rush. A few months ago a NOS set came up, and I grabbed them right away. It pays to have time on your side when your not in a rush to get something.
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I have DA 7402 levers with like-new hoods. I know they wonít last forever, so I saved an eBay search maybe three years ago. Wasnít in a rush. A few months ago a NOS set came up, and I grabbed them right away. It pays to have time on your side when your not in a rush to get something.
nice work. Im sure the last piece will come together like the seatpost just did. Until then I'm gonna enjoy turning heads around town and blinding people with all the shiny! lol
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Originally Posted by smd4
I have DA 7402 levers with like-new hoods. I know they wonít last forever, so I saved an eBay search maybe three years ago. Wasnít in a rush. A few months ago a NOS set came up, and I grabbed them right away. It pays to have time on your side when your not in a rush to get something.
when you say you saved a search on ebay, do you mean there is a way to always have ebay contact you when the item you are looking for comes up?
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Originally Posted by vintagesteel82
when you say you saved a search on ebay, do you mean there is a way to always have ebay contact you when the item you are looking for comes up?
Precisely. Although sometimes eBay interprets the search terms a little broadly, so some ďhitsĒ may seem a little odd, and you may get more alerts than you expected. But better too many than to miss out.

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Precisely. Although sometimes eBay interprets the search terms a little broadly, so some ďhitsĒ may seem a little odd, and you may get more alerts than you expected. But better too many than to miss out.
thanks, i am going to check that out.
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Originally Posted by vintagesteel82
I am way ahead of you. I am waiting on my bike shop to finish building my new wheel set with Dura ace 7200 uniglide hubs and I found this cassette to go with it,,
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Oh my! You paid dearly for that relic! But good for you in keeping everything in the DA EX family.
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