Shimano 2000 Altus Component Group

2000 Altus

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.

User Reviews (11)

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Aldric Lam   Cross Country Rider [Sep 28, 2006]
Strength:

Great shifter, durable and little maintanence

Weakness:

Rear Derailer does require adjusting after a while

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

Similar Products Used: Few other shimano gear shifters (forgot which cuz other bikes are in Hong Kong/trashed)
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
James Balster   Cross Country Rider [Oct 14, 2006]
Strength:

nice looking bike, sturdy, weight good

Weakness:

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.

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.

Similar Products Used: I had a huffy mountain bike for over 7 years no problems.
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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Matt   Racer [Dec 30, 2000]
Strength:

Good shifts, nice shifting, chain linkage stanys on tracks

Weakness:

metal chips, breaks apart after awhile

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

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Tom   Weekend Warrior [Oct 10, 2000]
Strength:

Cheap
Fine for on-road

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: SIS (cringe)
Gripshift
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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
Var   Weekend Warrior [Sep 09, 2000]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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

Similar Products Used: Altus, Sis
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Daniel Westerstal   Cross Country Rider [Jul 04, 2000]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

Not so very well offroad.

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.

Similar Products Used: SIS,Shimano Deodre, LX, XT.
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Phil   Weekend Warrior [May 10, 2000]
Strength:

Value for money, cheap to replace.

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: Other low-end groupsets, SIS, Altus, Alivio. Oh and those really dodgy Sachs systems that came on Raleighs pre '92.
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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Martin   Weekend Warrior [Mar 24, 2000]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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

Similar Products Used: shamanio SIS and other lower grade stuff
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Stupe   Weekend Warrior [Aug 02, 2004]
Strength:

I've been riding the same bike since 1993!

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: -
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Grant   Weekend Warrior [Jul 24, 2002]
Strength:

mid-quality function from shimano
functions well within its limits

Weakness:

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

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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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
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