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    Classic Kuwahara MTB's

    I've only seen one Kuwahara MTB from the mid 1980's, I was wondering if anyone had any pics they could share?

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    Kuwuhara

    The guy over at bicycle tutor shows repair tips on his Kuwuhara.

    http://bicycletutor.com/tune-up/
    Looking for a P7, k14 or f12 1inch

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    Thy're out there and they are pretty nice. Usually chrome... and it seems like they are always in great shape. They made some great trials machines as well. They are below the radar of most collectors, but I'd snag one in a second. Too bad they didn't stay in the game.. what a missed opportunity with the name they had from BMX.

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    nice, thanks Schmitty, someone have one to show? My curiosity is killing me. I have a few Kuwahara BMX, I love the idea of a chrome Kuwahara MTB! Like a giant LaserLite!

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    best I can do for you...

    crappy picture, sorry..it's not mine.
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    wow, the angle of the rake on that is huge. any idea of what model it is?

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    It's a Puma..

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    any info on a Kuwahara Linx or a Kuwahara Ranger? I think both were 1986 models and probably a few other years too.

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    Here's mine..

    Quote Originally Posted by Ringer
    I've only seen one Kuwahara MTB from the mid 1980's, I was wondering if anyone had any pics they could share?
    Japanese Twins, 22 yrs old, Pics!

    Unfortunately the SS conversion was killed by some a_hole road rage driver, lucky for me the original stock '86 is still here.

    I have been away a while, glad to see lots of threads...

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    those are cool, and 2 of em! nice.

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    any chrome ones?

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    just do a google image search for "Kuwahara MTB", I tried it and several older bikes were among the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ringer
    I've only seen one Kuwahara MTB from the mid 1980's, I was wondering if anyone had any pics they could share?
    Here is a Takara Conquest mountain bike made by Kuwahara in Taiwan, probably a 1989.
    I got it from the 3rd owner. The seat is not original. Tig welded, Biopace cranks, 18 speed.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/27544233@N03/3507466730/" title="Takara ConquestFrontLeft by Uniconz, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3303/3507466730_24284e38ca_o.jpg" width="1152" height="864" alt="Takara ConquestFrontLeft" /></a>

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    I purchased this Kuwahara Sierra back in (about) 1987 or 1988 -- purchase price at the time was about $950 if memory serves me correctly (the Sierra XT model was a bit over $1100). I saved up for months and then waited for several weeks after ordering it before it arrived at my LBS. Ironically, I thought that this would be the last bike that I'd ever purchase (there's about 3 more bikes that I'd currently like to get).

    The bike featured a quad-butted chromoly frame, Tange fork, Rolls seat, and full Shimano Deore components (at the time, Deore was a knotch up from LX -- Deore XT was at the top of the heap).

    The bike is virtually stock except that I shortened the handlebars, added a Hite-rite (a popular accessory at the time), a Blackburn rear rack, and I changed the hand grips. It also used to have Specialized toe-clips. The bits of rust that have accumulated on the frame and components weren't stock either.

    I rode (pounded) this bike hard for several years on and off road but it's been hardly ridden over the past 15 or so years. I've recently got back into cycling (bought a Kona Dew FS) and am currently planning to clean this old Kuwahara up a bit, add slicks and fenders, and convert it into a rainy weather commuter. The bike is still amazing solid and rides great.





















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    Black Deore crank. No something I've seen much.

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    I had a wine red Kuwahara Apollo from about 1984, my first actual ATB. Nary a picture anywhere of it.
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    that sierra is sick. thanks for the pics everyone, keep em coming

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    I work with a guy named Kuwahara, so I've noticed the name a few times. I'll snag a pic if I run across another.

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    I just bought a Kuwahara trials bike on Craigslist (24-inch wheels). The ad said this....

    "...very rare factory prototype designed by Kevin Norton who was the only American star (that I know of) in the world of observed trials in the 1980s... Despite being a prototype the bike has the level of detailing and finish typical of production bikes. The only clue to the contrary is the skid plate which is obviously band-sawn out of solid block of nylon..."

    I've asked the guy for more info, like how he knows that it is a prototype, etc...

    Here is my blog post about it: http://www.velotopia.org/archives/en...-rainbow-bike/

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    Quote Originally Posted by daverham
    I just bought a Kuwahara trials bike on Craigslist (24-inch wheels). The ad said this....

    "...very rare factory prototype designed by Kevin Norton who was the only American star (that I know of) in the world of observed trials in the 1980s... Despite being a prototype the bike has the level of detailing and finish typical of production bikes. The only clue to the contrary is the skid plate which is obviously band-sawn out of solid block of nylon..."

    I've asked the guy for more info, like how he knows that it is a prototype, etc...

    Here is my blog post about it: http://www.velotopia.org/archives/en...-rainbow-bike/
    Very cool find. Good to see it getting used as intended too!

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    Nice find....right in my own backyard and I missed it When did you grab that up? The guy I bought my Raven from has a Kuwahara but I think it's a 20"..it also has the nylon chainguard.

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    It must be trials week. Another cool vintage trials bike.
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    I have a vintage kuwahara mountain bike from 1985,the frame numbers tell you the year just like the bmx bikes,mine is black with a grey headtube will post pics very soon,mine must be the US model,in canada they were identical apart from have an apollo badge on the headtube check flickr:kuwahara 84 and someone has the canadian version,if anyone has the catalogue I would very much like a scan.would also like to know the model.thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldRustyChain
    I purchased this Kuwahara Sierra back in (about) 1987 or 1988 -- purchase price at the time was about $950 if memory serves me correctly (the Sierra XT model was a bit over $1100). I saved up for months and then waited for several weeks after ordering it before it arrived at my LBS. Ironically, I thought that this would be the last bike that I'd ever purchase (there's about 3 more bikes that I'd currently like to get).

    The bike featured a quad-butted chromoly frame, Tange fork, Rolls seat, and full Shimano Deore components (at the time, Deore was a knotch up from LX -- Deore XT was at the top of the heap).

    The bike is virtually stock except that I shortened the handlebars, added a Hite-rite (a popular accessory at the time), a Blackburn rear rack, and I changed the hand grips. It also used to have Specialized toe-clips. The bits of rust that have accumulated on the frame and components weren't stock either.

    I rode (pounded) this bike hard for several years on and off road but it's been hardly ridden over the past 15 or so years. I've recently got back into cycling (bought a Kona Dew FS) and am currently planning to clean this old Kuwahara up a bit, add slicks and fenders, and convert it into a rainy weather commuter. The bike is still amazing solid and rides great.




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    ORC that looks great

    I have a Shasta which appears to be from the same era though I'm having difficulty finding any info on it. Looks like it may be a lower end model but does share some of the design cues as yours.

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    Thanks Kaiser, I think the Shasta was one or two models below the Sierra -- there was only one model above my bike, the Sierra XT (which had Deore XT components).

    [SIZE="1"]Edit: typo[/SIZE]
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