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Old 11-25-08, 06:51 PM   #1
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Maruishi Road Ace 303?

A friend of mine picked this up at a flea market and asked if I can find out anything about it, I guess he needs to know if its anything special? I know its not "Paramount" special, but who knows better than you guys








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Geez! If the bikes a POS its totally OK for you guys to say so
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Old 11-25-08, 09:13 PM   #3
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All right, all right. It's a nicie cheapie

Can't be that bad though. Decent Suntour drive and crankset, and centerpulls. Dump the steel rims for aluminum, and you'll have something quite decent.

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Old 11-25-08, 10:10 PM   #4
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It's entry-level, but appears to be in good shape, and looks like a perfectly rideable steed to me.

At a guess, I'd say it's circa mid-70s.
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Looks like a decent boom era bike.

I think, at some point, Maruishi became Jamis.
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Probably very late 1970's or early 80's I guess. And, yup, an entry level one. Not too many Marus around, and there isn't really enough that turn up to sort out the serial numbers. Looks like it is in nice shape, and I like those crank arms with the name. Some Maruishi's have the name on the front part of the clamp area on the stem.

Is that a kangaroo sticker on the lower head tube lug?

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Old 11-25-08, 11:56 PM   #7
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Thanks all for the info/comments The bike really does belong to my buddy and not me. Yes, the bikes got little Kangaroos all over it!?
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I've got a mid 1980's Maruishi catalog, and it says that the Kangaroo logo represented Maruishi's policy "To remain one jump ahead of the competition."

(The catalog is without the 303 Road Ace model and others named similarly so the model name/numbering obviously changed by then.)
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SWEET! Thanks!
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My lbs has an old Maruishi track bike stowed away in their basement. It could stand a good cleaning, but looks cool otherwise...
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there's frequently one parked around the corner from my office. nice looking bike.
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