What is that with Shimano AX? I had never heard about it and now I only read about shimano AX. (see my topic about rocking torque)
More pictures here: http://www.lancearmstrong.com/lance/onl ... 2004ttbike
Is shimano AX dura ace an old version of shimano dura ace?
How did he keep those little blue allen key covers in place? Mine always fell out.
Dura Ace AX (and 600 AX, etc) were part of the Aero craze of 1980-84. Claims were made for efficiency, and Reynolds, Columbus and Tange all made "Aero" tubes in steel as well. You could still buy Dura Ace EX (as used by Flandria in the late 70's), and some of the parts like hubs were the same, just different branding between AX and EX. The first index system for racing was part of the AX design, and it kind of worked, but then "New Dura Ace" came out in 1985 - specifically designed to beat the performance of Super Record, and life has never been the same since. It was at the end of this Aero craze that the Record-C group came out, with the Delta brakes and now classic hidden 5th arm cranks. It was kind of silly, all these ad's in magazines of guys on bikes with full length skin suits and crazy helmets, but to me it was also the start of aerodynamics coming into use, with wind tunnel testing (thanks to the Wright Bros - bike mechanics!) and culminating in Moser breaking the World Hour Record (51.151 will always be stuck in my head from him having the numbers engraved in the frames sold bearing his name of this time) using twin discs. Dia Compe used to make a pretty cool looking brake as well, and you could even find lower price versions of it on Raleigh Sport-Touring bikes of the time. It's during this era that brake cables started getting run along the handlebars, and 7-speed came of age, to be quickly followed by 8-speed in 1987 (introduced at the Paris Show 1986 by Maillard).
If I was going to build a TT bike today, I'd still fit a set of Modolo Kronos brakes to it (first introduced in 1978!). Didn't stop worth a damn, but so cool.....