DRF aka Thrifty Bill
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
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I had one a couple of years ago, typical entry level bike from the boom: steel rims, claw derailleur hanger, steel seat post, turkey levers, stem shifters, high ten steel frame, cottered crank. But IMHO, the decal work on that era Nishiki was better looking than the competition.
Before 1975 does not mean good. Most of the Japanese brands improved their bikes, sometimes dramatically, over the years. By the mid 1980s, a model that might have been totally entry level in the mid 1970s, was mid range, with a huge reduction in weight, much better frame, better wheels, etc.
The early 1970s was the time of a bike boom, where shops had waiting lists to just buy a new bike, and many manufacturers had little incentive to improve their bikes, particularly at the entry level end of their product line. Once the boom was over, the competition got fierce and a lot of companies really improved their products.
Last edited by wrk101; 02-23-12 at 08:43 PM.