Prodigal road guy
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Eugene. Oregon
Bikes: '72 Bob Jackson; '82 Austro-Daimler Starleicht; '85 Scapin; '80 Peugeot PKN-10; '81 Trek 610; '87 Hunter Corsa; '72 Italvega and '75 Motobecane Grand Jubillee frames built into freewheel singlespeeds.
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I've got one, too, and I love it. The shot below is the eBay photo; it's been butched up a little since then with black bar tape, black hoods, Ultra Gatorskin tires, Shimano SPD pedals, and a new Fizik saddle, but it's still really, really, pink.
When I got mine a couple of years ago, I tried long and hard to find out what the story was with the bike. While not completely certain, I've got a 90% index of confidence that Hunter frames were made by Kawamura, and then built up with the full 105 group, selling for about $325 new throughout the Southeast. Hunter CYcles was incorporated in Florida - I've heard of them being sold in Texas, too - and apparently got into business for real just in time for the mountain bike boom to kill the recreational roadie market ... 1988 or 1989. Mine has Shimano date codes which place it in '87, which is cool ... Sheldon Brown claims that the '87 105 SLR brakeset may be the best single pivot brake ever, and the '87 indexed RD was the debut for this particular version of the then-new index technology for Shimano. The Dura-Ace and 600 models for the next year incorporated the features of the '87 105, which is unusual, because usually the technology trickles the other way, from the top of the line stuff down to the cheaper lines.
Last edited by MajorA; 12-13-07 at 03:59 PM.