Spin Forest! Spin!
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Arrid Zone-a
Bikes: I used to have many. And I Will again.
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I also picked up an 86 440 from an original owner. Similar paint scheme, but components are Suntour AR, and Sakae Ringyo.
As mentioned above, the frames were the same across the line of 440 460 and 480.
The 440 was set up as a touring bike.
Frames are made in Kent, WA. The unique lugs, and multi-step process used on the T8 aluminum tubes to improve the joints and prevent defects, made a superior 'glued' frame as compared to adhesive failures with some European aluminum bikes.
The frames are quite light for their size. IMHO, pretty well made, with nice details like internal brake routing.