I just picked up a KHS John Howard Professional. The bike has been painted all white some time ago, but when they resprayed it they didn't remove the decals. They are hard to see in the photos but they are all there, including some others. From what I was able to determin from web searches and one other bike I found on flickr.com, the bike is made of Columbus SL (27.2 seat post). I was really surpised to find it has a Cinelli bottom bracket shell and Campagnolo drop-outs. The seat binder, fork and rear brake bridge are really well done. I know the John Howards were made by Moulton and Tesch before going to KHS, and it looks as if they, KHS, tried to replicate the look of the other frames. The forks looks similar but does not have the lug on the inside part of the fork leg, but the rest of the frame is really top notch.
My question is were these bike made at the KHS factory or were they outsourced to another builder? I remember racing with some KHS riders in the 80's and their bikes where very nice. I read somewhere they may have had a special racing division in the company. If anyone has any info I would love to here it.
The bike is built up with Shimano 600 index shifting. Everything has a good coat of grease on it and it looks like it will clean up well. I plan to let my son use this bike over the summer and in the fall tear it down and give it proper paint job. If anyone knows what color these came in and the years of production, let me know.
Oh yeah, I snatched it for $100.