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    Kobe Cascade mountain bike from mid-eighties?

    This is not a brand I've ever heard of. It is a lugged frame with bullmoose handlebars, Shimano Deore pre-index thumb shifters, one of those seatposts with an extended casting up top featuring a horizontal shelf with a vertical slot and a QR that let you slide the seat back and re-clamp it, while riding presumably. And the most noticeable feature is a curved piece of tubing welded into the main triangle just below the seat post that could serve (if you were so inclined) as a carrying arch for your shoulder. I remember some other company offering that feature. Is this a bike anyone here has ever heard of?
    Maybe I can figure out how to attach a photo.

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    Kobe Cascade mountain bike from mid-eighties?-mystery.mountain.bike.jpg

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    Looks like a Nishiki, which were made in Kobe, Japan.

    From the dropouts, to seatstay and binder, to the lugs and fork crown, I'd bet it was made in the same factory. I'd trust it to have a quality frame and fork. I don't remember bikes from those days... one of my first bikes had a triangle shaped bag velcro'd to that area with a pad (like a backpack strap) that acted as a shoulder carry.

    Pretty cool find. I like the handlebars. Interesting cable routing too.

    Found an article on them:

    Kobe Cascade mountain bike from mid-eighties?-kobebicyclingmagazine.jpg
    Kobe Cascade mountain bike from mid-eighties?-kobebicyclingmagazine2.jpg
    Kobe Cascade mountain bike from mid-eighties?-kobebicyclingmagazine3.jpg
    We're all on the same ship, and it's sinking.

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    I thought about Nishiki as a possibility, but not being super familiar with their offerings back then I didn't dwell on it too long; though I don't recall them ever featuring that frame detail.
    On the other hand, I see now that Nishiki sold a bike with the name Cascade with bullmoose handlebars. Not lugged, or with the shoulder arch frame detail, but...
    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8263/8...576991e2_o.jpg

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    Of course, now I see that there's an '84 Kuwahara Cascade that has a lugged frame.
    https://hiveminer.com/Tags/kuwahara%2Csuntour

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    Just saw the article you found - it didn't load for me last night - thanks!

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    I knew I'd seen one of these before.

    Eugene Sloane's book on the All Terrain Bicycle from ~1985 featured a Lotus Pegasus with both the frame quirk and sliding seatpost.
    https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...condition.html

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