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Old 12-12-07, 07:04 PM   #1
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Hunter brand road bike?

Anybody ever hear of a Hunter? Late 80's Japanese built, solid midline bike built from Tange 900. Full Shimano 105 group with 700c wheels.

Possibly a Store brand?

There's a Custom builder in California named Hunter but this is definitely a Japanese production bike and not one of his.
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Old 12-12-07, 08:38 PM   #2
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Sorry, no. There were a million house brands from Japan and Taiwan (still are...if you have the scratch, you can buy a couple hundred bikes and call 'em anything you want. Someone will make 'em for ya).

Post a pic. Sounds like a nice bike.
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Old 12-12-07, 09:05 PM   #3
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Not a great pic (my camera does not like indoors) but you get the idea. The bike is in remarkable condition, honestly looks like it was ridden no more than around the block once.

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The Japanese-made road bikes from the 1985 to 1990 era are generally terrific values. I've had a couple sets of those mid-80's pedals though, and wondered: "what the heck was the designer thinking?"

A 2007 steel frame of equal quality would cost an arm and a leg...you have a Rivendell quality frame at a tiny fraction of the price.
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Old 12-13-07, 09:56 AM   #5
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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.
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Addendum: As part of my quest, I exchanged emails with Rick Hunter, the guy in California. He's in Soquel, right next to Santa Cruz, and makes custom fillet-brazed frames. He confirmed that this line of bikes isn't his; among other things, he would have had to have been in business when he was 14 or 15 for that to be possible.
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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, and a new Fizik saddle, but it's still really, really, pink.
Thanks for the info. At least I know there's two Hunter's in Oregon (at least for now). I was thinking a Kawamura bike myself. And yes all that 105 stuff works swell.

I'm building a SS out of a Univega Nuovo Sport that's the same metallic pink as your Hunter. I actually really like that color!
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...I've got a 90% index of confidence that Hunter frames were made by Kawamura....
The serial number will tell if it is a Kawamura built frame.
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Old 12-13-07, 11:51 AM   #9
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T-Mar .... Y7B1523. Do we have a winner? Thanks.
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Positively not Kawamura. Based on the Japanese origin, possible sources are Yokota (2nd largest Japanese bicycle manufacturer in late 1980s), Yamaguchi and Yokohama. One thing that I can tell is that they are both early 1987 models. It would also appear that both frames were built within one month of each other!
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I had a bright green hunter once with a white weinmann/dia compe/sugino group. once...
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