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    "Sheppards Compass" NZ made mtb early 80s

    Hi everyone.
    Another NZ backyard bike fiddler here.

    Big Question:

    Has anyone ever heard of the "Sheppards Compass"???
    "Sheppards Compass" NZ made mtb early 80s-20200414_090145.jpg

    As far as I can tell from looking long and hard, Sheppards never sold bikes branded under their own name.

    Available history talks about the Supersports (sold a frame a couple years back, really wish I'd kept it)
    and then Avanti, obviously.

    Picked the bike up with no wheels a few years back. It had with it at the time:
    - lugged steel frame, feels like heavy Nz sourced tubes (similar shape to a Bermuda I guess).
    - "Sheppards" logo on the down tube. "Compass" on the top in same typeface with a compass logo . And an MCT retailer sticker with the address worn off.
    - Win bulmoose bars
    - 26" Tange fork with traditional crown
    - bmx style grips
    - I think it had late70s/early80s suntour deraillures, long cage touring type.
    - bar mounted suntour friction shifters
    - dia-comp mx brakes
    - very big MX style alu anodized brake levers (unbranded)
    - those generic alu sakae Custom 2x 80s cranks
    - tange bb and headset.
    - late 80s plastic platform style mtb pedals( which actually look rad, they are on 2 of my bikes).

    Any info, guesses, or directions to a good source would be very much appreciated

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    Ask around some North Island cycle shops, you may come across an old bod that is familiar with that period (1980's).
    I worked in the trade during this period but in the lower South Island and in those days Sheppards were a importer of bikes and components that would not open accounts to any cycle shops below Christchurch. But your frame looks like a typical generic import from Taiwan, house branded as a 'Sheppard'.
    It's nothing special as a bike, but typical of the period.

    Eric
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    Quote Originally Posted by SheppardsNZ View Post
    Hi everyone.
    Another NZ backyard bike fiddler here.

    Big Question:

    Has anyone ever heard of the "Sheppards Compass"???


    As far as I can tell from looking long and hard, Sheppards never sold bikes branded under their own name.

    Available history talks about the Supersports (sold a frame a couple years back, really wish I'd kept it)
    and then Avanti, obviously.

    Picked the bike up with no wheels a few years back. It had with it at the time:
    - lugged steel frame, feels like heavy Nz sourced tubes (similar shape to a Bermuda I guess).
    - "Sheppards" logo on the down tube. "Compass" on the top in same typeface with a compass logo . And an MCT retailer sticker with the address worn off.
    - Win bulmoose bars
    - 26" Tange fork with traditional crown
    - bmx style grips
    - I think it had late70s/early80s suntour deraillures, long cage touring type.
    - bar mounted suntour friction shifters
    - dia-comp mx brakes
    - very big MX style alu anodized brake levers (unbranded)
    - those generic alu sakae Custom 2x 80s cranks
    - tange bb and headset.
    - late 80s plastic platform style mtb pedals( which actually look rad, they are on 2 of my bikes).

    Any info, guesses, or directions to a good source would be very much appreciated
    Yes they did and its a good chance I built that bike.

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