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Shimano 2000 Altus Component Group

3/5 (11 Reviews)

Product Description

Altus® enhances the performance and fun of the MTB-style city bike. While Altus is aimed at first time cyclists, its performance and full range of advanced Shimano functions are sure to please experienced cyclists as well.

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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by James Balster a Cross Country Rider from Torrance,Calif

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2006

Strengths:    nice looking bike, sturdy, weight good

Weaknesses:    Shimano Altus Derailoleur not so great , after first month a knocking noise began, now gears slip and will not go into 7th gear. I have a 24 speed and continues to worsen.

Bottom Line:   
Raleigh makes a sturdy bike I am 6 ft61/2 tall 260lbs, it has done well. The shifting is the problem, I could not recomend the Shimano gear system. I ride on the bike path every day about 15 miles no hard climbs or bumps. This gear system can not handel it. I will more than likly have to get tis fixed or look into a different bike.

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Favorite Trail:   strand hermosa/manhatten beach

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Bikecolgy

Similar Products Used:   I had a huffy mountain bike for over 7 years no problems.

Bike Setup:   I have a Raleigh Passage 3.0 with a Shimano Altus Derailleur, 21 speed 3 center gears and 7 rear.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Aldric Lam a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2006

Strengths:    Great shifter, durable and little maintanence

Weaknesses:    Rear Derailer does require adjusting after a while

Bottom Line:   
Bike was my dad's, now its mine and all modified
Didn't buy a new bike for myself cuz I love the Altus gear shifter.
This thing still looks like new and works really well
30km/h with mid range gears with all terrain tires

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Few other shimano gear shifters (forgot which cuz other bikes are in Hong Kong/trashed)

Bike Setup:   Eclipse Rocky 300
Altus CT10 Group from 1993
Radical Alloy Riser Bar with Side bars
TransX Suspension Stem
Serfas Dual Gel Seat with Suspension Seat post
WellGo Clipless All Terrain Pedals
2 Axiom Panniers (3 bags in total)
and LED Headlights + Rearlights
Sigma BC903 Computer
Eagle 2 Kool-Aid Brake Pads

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stupe a Weekend Warrior from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2004

Strengths:    I've been riding the same bike since 1993!

Weaknesses:    Recently, the rear deraiuler seems not to be very accurate in the shifting anymore...

Bottom Line:   
I've been using this bike and setup since 1993. Did fairly bit of offroading and roading with it. Should had clocked up at about 10k Km since.

Tyre changed twice.

The Altus Groupset on my bike was the 1993 version. It last as long until now.

Crankset and rear cassete has not posed any problem.

Only complain is that the Rear Derailuer is not shifting properly now.

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Favorite Trail:   A Lot

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $131.00

Purchased At:   Kuala Lumpur

Similar Products Used:   -

Bike Setup:   Full Altus groupset. RST 381 fork. Cheap V BRake.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Grant a Weekend Warrior from Northern Michigan

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2002

Strengths:    mid-quality function from shimano
functions well within its limits

Weaknesses:    low quality product compared to other shimano lines
not suitable for extreme ("real") mountain/off-road biking

Bottom Line:   
If you are going to do recreational trail riding or light off-road, these will be fine. If you are going to ride in the true spirit of the mountain bike, you'll want something of a higher quality: these components will simply not last.

NOTE: Altus cranksets (the FC90 model number) were recalled in 1998. Check the FAQ on the Shimano website for details and the numbers for the other two cranksets that were recalled.

If you have one of these cranksets, Shimano will send you a brand NEW one for FREE (sweet!) through your local bike shop. This is worth checking into, especially if your chainrings are worn.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   With Royce Union mountain bike

Bike Setup:   Original bike came with a steel frame and Altus drivetrain and derailleurs. Have upgraded to Deore LX/XT.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ethan a Weekend Warrior from Medford, NJ,USA

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2002

Strengths:    Great brakes. Good rapidfire shifting

Weaknesses:    Very rough rear derailleur. The rear derailleur is worthless. Breaks offroad.

Bottom Line:   
Decent Setup. Buy a Deore XT Rear Derailleur. Dont waste money on rear derailleur!

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Favorite Trail:   A lot

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came With Gary Fisher Marlin

Bike Setup:   2000 Gary Fisher Marlin
RockShox Judy XC

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matt a Racer from Orleans, Canada

Date Reviewed: December 30, 2000

Strengths:    Good shifts, nice shifting, chain linkage stanys on tracks

Weaknesses:    metal chips, breaks apart after awhile

Bottom Line:   
Not a bad product for the money! If you are just getting into MTB'ing or are a novice I personally recommend it!

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Favorite Trail:   too many

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Manufacturer

Bike Setup:   Not Stock

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tom a Weekend Warrior from York, England

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2000

Strengths:    Cheap
Fine for on-road

Weaknesses:    Inaccurate shifting
Pretty weedy brakes
Breaks quickly if you take it off-road a lot

Bottom Line:   
Fine if you just want to ride on flat roads, but just not solid enough to work well on the rough stuff. Price is right though.

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Favorite Trail:   God knows

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Stock on my bike (from halfords)

Similar Products Used:   SIS (cringe)

Bike Setup:   Mostly Stock Carrera Vulcan (*gasp*)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Var a Weekend Warrior from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2000

Strengths:    Cheap, moderate performance, all round functionability
Great for the budget cyclist, Shimano quality

Weaknesses:    Breaks are weak, shifters wear out easiliy, lowest gear not low enough

Bottom Line:   
Get it if you want a value for money, cheap, on the budget gear set. Youd be surprised.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Local shop

Similar Products Used:   Altus, Sis

Bike Setup:   Lerun frame, Rock Shox front suspension

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Daniel Westerstal a Cross Country Rider from Kivik, Skane, Sweden

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2000

Strengths:    Cheap, very nice on tarmac. Pretty good quality if you don't take it offroad.

Weaknesses:    Not so very well offroad.

Bottom Line:   
If you planning to go on tarmac in the city it's good and affordable. But if offroad more is your style you should look for something else.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   SIS,Shimano Deodre, LX, XT.

Bike Setup:   Parkpre, Shimano Altus,

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Phil a Weekend Warrior from Leeds, UK

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2000

Strengths:    Value for money, cheap to replace.

Weaknesses:    Breaks or wears out easily when given a bit of hammer off-road.

Bottom Line:   
This stuff is ok to start off with, as time goes on and things break or wear out they can be replaced cheaply with more Altus, or a bit more cash buys Alivio or Deore kit. Most importantly Altus gives value for money and will remain servicable for a long period on most bikes that don't take much of a thrashing.
If you're a hammer-head, go for at least the Deore or even LX kit. It's better in the long run.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Other low-end groupsets, SIS, Altus, Alivio. Oh and those really dodgy Sachs systems that came on Raleighs pre '92.

Bike Setup:   GT Timberline

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Martin a Weekend Warrior from Mississagua, CANADA

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2000

Strengths:    I just myself a new bike and havent had a chance to test it off road, but so far all i can say is that its clean, no rattle, no shake, seens to have a lot of promise

Weaknesses:    it came stock, so it cant be the greatest, but then again its not SIS so its better already

Bottom Line:   
On the road its all good, off road, i dont know yet, but it seems to be promising

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Favorite Trail:   Kelso

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   shamanio SIS and other lower grade stuff

Bike Setup:   Y2K GIANT 1020, with a RST 281 fork, nothing fancy

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