Classic & Vintage - Maruishi Road Ace 303?
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11-25-08, 05:51 PM
A friend of mine picked this up at a flea market and asked if I can find out anything about it, I guess he needs to know if its anything special? I know its not "Paramount" special, but who knows better than you guys :)
11-25-08, 07:30 PM
Geez! If the bikes a POS its totally OK for you guys to say so :notamused:
11-25-08, 08:13 PM
All right, all right. It's a nicie cheapie ;)
Can't be that bad though. Decent Suntour drive and crankset, and centerpulls. Dump the steel rims for aluminum, and you'll have something quite decent.
It's entry-level, but appears to be in good shape, and looks like a perfectly rideable steed to me.
At a guess, I'd say it's circa mid-70s.
11-25-08, 09:16 PM
Looks like a decent boom era bike.
I think, at some point, Maruishi became Jamis.
11-25-08, 10:02 PM
Probably very late 1970's or early 80's I guess. And, yup, an entry level one. Not too many Marus around, and there isn't really enough that turn up to sort out the serial numbers. Looks like it is in nice shape, and I like those crank arms with the name. Some Maruishi's have the name on the front part of the clamp area on the stem.
Is that a kangaroo sticker on the lower head tube lug?
11-25-08, 10:56 PM
Thanks all for the info/comments :thumb: The bike really does belong to my buddy and not me. Yes, the bikes got little Kangaroos all over it!? :lol:
11-25-08, 11:32 PM
I've got a mid 1980's Maruishi catalog, and it says that the Kangaroo logo represented Maruishi's policy "To remain one jump ahead of the competition." :)
(The catalog is without the 303 Road Ace model and others named similarly so the model name/numbering obviously changed by then.)
11-25-08, 11:49 PM
SWEET! Thanks! ;)
11-26-08, 05:40 AM
My lbs has an old Maruishi track bike stowed away in their basement. It could stand a good cleaning, but looks cool otherwise...
11-26-08, 10:09 AM
there's frequently one parked around the corner from my office. nice looking bike.
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