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    Chorus w/carbon debut - what year?

    I just bought a Chorus equipped donor bike from which I will remove the parts to use on a different frame. The shifters and the rear d are carbon, and I'm wondering what was the first year for these items to be available in carbon? It was a fairly impulsive purchsae...I should have researched this a bit first, but, it's done and I'm pretty stoked to get back to Campy.
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    2003?

    I am thinking about 2003 as I got my bike just before the switch as I preferred the classy/traditional look of the alloy levers.
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    2003 was the last alloy year and is highly coveted. Watch what happens when a NOS 2003 Chorus ergo set is posted on eBay.
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    Thanks for the info. Didn't they offer a choice of carbon or alloy for a while?
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    Quote Originally Posted by brujenn
    Thanks for the info. Didn't they offer a choice of carbon or alloy for a while?
    Only for the crank.
    2004 went carbon levers, deraileur, and was the first year with alloy crank with hidden 5th bolt (like previous Record). 2006 offered alloy and carbon cranks. 2007 only carbon cranks.

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    While on topic what was the time-line on Record ally - carbon switch?
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    I think the first carbon record crank was 2005, the model that wasn't the pressed composite or whatever they call it. 2006 had carbon versions down to Centaur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchi67
    I think the first carbon record crank was 2005, the model that wasn't the pressed composite or whatever they call it. 2006 had carbon versions down to Centaur.
    I think Centaur went with carbon cranks as an option in 2007, not 2006.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toonraid
    While on topic what was the time-line on Record ally - carbon switch?
    98 Record ergo levers were alloy and shaped like they are today. 99 on was carbon. I don't remember the year of the RD carbon outer plate, but I believe it was 99 as well.
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    2007 Centaur is alloy Ultra Torque only. 2006 and now 2008 Centaur have both alloy and carbon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbill
    I don't remember the year of the RD carbon outer plate, but I believe it was 99 as well.
    Yes, you are correct it was '99.

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