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Old 02-22-09, 07:26 PM   #1
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1983 SR "Racing" Pro-am

1983 SR "Racing" Pro-am
Tange Champion #2
FD: Suntour Cyclone M-II
RD: Suntour Cyclone M-II
Crank: SR Aerox
Brakes: Dia-compe Gran-Compe 400 (NGC 400)
Seatpost: SR Laprade
Stem: Nitto Custom
Headset: Suntour Superbe
Rims: Araya 700c
Hubs: Sunshine Pro-am
Roughly 22 pounds.

I just repacked/recabled everything and cleaned it up, and it is purrs like a kitty. I picked it up a few months ago on CL in San Diego. From my research, it seems like this are local to southern California, and I'm happy to have it.


There's not that much info on SR bikes, but here's other stuff I've found (just in case someone else stumbles upon this thread).
SR Bicycles, 2765 Main Street, Chula Vista CA 92011.

Edit: I called Kirk's bikes (original seller) and his shop is still open! After congratulating him on this accomplishment, he told me the SR bikes were sold/made by a Mexican family that also ran the Windsor factory in Mexico. The frames (and probably all parts) were imported from Japan. They probably ended up making some "SR" decals and slapped them on the bikes. Kirk commented how these bikes were an incredible value at the time.

Edit #2 from Kirk: "That is what we called the "Pro", not just the "Semi-Pro" which was a more more popular model to to low price ($299 if I remember correctly). I can't remember for sure what the Pro went for, but I'm pretty sure it was still under $500, a real value considering the performance capability."

SR Models:
Alpine Sport 82 Steel
Grand Course 82 Chromoly
Semi-Pro 82 Chromoly
Professional 82 Chromoly
Pro-AM 83 Tange #2
SR Maxima 84 Tange
SR Sakae Prism 94-95 Aluminu.
1980's SR








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Old 02-22-09, 07:54 PM   #2
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I love these obscure Japanese bikes. Yours is a beauty.

I've recently acquired a similar bike, manufactured under the Araya marque. A great
frame, mostly equipped with Suntour Superbe components. Like yours, it has no great
pedigree but it doesn't need to shrink from comparison with any of the better known
bikes regardless of origin and background.

Congratulations. If you ever want to pass it along I call dibs.
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Old 02-22-09, 08:09 PM   #3
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Nice. Please make sure your stem and seatpost are not precariously and injuriously overextended. The both appear to be above the point where a typical stem and post of that style should be inserted.
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Nice. Please make sure your stem and seatpost are not precariously and injuriously overextended. The both appear to be above the point where a typical stem and post of that style should be inserted.
they are both at max, but not above. the seatpost is perfect when it is at max, but i wish the stem was taller. at some point i will probably get nitto "dirt drops" and do a bar swap, which should give me plenty of height.
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updated first post with more SR info.
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Someone in the Denver/Boulder/FtC area has been trying to sell a pretty nice-looking SR for $300; alas I'm at work now and CL gets blocked by the IT boys for 'sexual content'. I've got a small, probably 48cm or thereabouts SR frame in my storage that I picked up to rob the Shimano 600 Arabesque grouppo from, kind of a two-tone tan and brown.
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A few affordable nice looking SR's sold on CL over the past month.. I posted a couple in the "are you looking for one" thread. Hope a BF'er got one!
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SR Maxima

Long time reader, first time poster. Have really appreciated all the great posts in the past. I have an SR Maxima I just picked up with full Superbe pro. Its a 57cm, and a bit short for me, but light as hell and so smooth. I'm one day out from having it ready to ride, I'll post pics when its ready. At 180lbs I feel a bit heavy for this bike. Anyone else find that the Champion #2 requires dainty riders?
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I had an Ironman with Champion #1 tubing and at 205.bs. it was a noodle.
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I had the same thing for my first bike



but it wasn't a very good fit. The bike was just a little too short and the top tube wasn't long enough. Unfortunately the bike is busted now.

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Long time reader, first time poster. Have really appreciated all the great posts in the past. I have an SR Maxima I just picked up with full Superbe pro. Its a 57cm, and a bit short for me, but light as hell and so smooth. I'm one day out from having it ready to ride, I'll post pics when its ready. At 180lbs I feel a bit heavy for this bike. Anyone else find that the Champion #2 requires dainty riders?
i go about 180 as well, and it feels fine to me. i usually ride steel touring bikes, so the shorter wheel base actually feels a bit stiffer for me.
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SR Maxima

Here she be!

Full Superbe. It may all be Superbe pro, however only the front DR and hubs are marked as such.
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I Love the color, My SR is grey/silver. I expected better from the 80s.
It would be done by now if I wasnt so set on the component group.
Suntour shifters, serailleurs, brakes
SR stem, bars, cranks
Sakae pedals, post, BB

Oh yeah, I still need wheels.
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I have some campy victorys laced to tubular woblers if you want them. tubular is the tough part. I'm in pdx.

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I Love the color, My SR is grey/silver. I expected better from the 80s.
It would be done by now if I wasnt so set on the component group.
Suntour shifters, serailleurs, brakes
SR stem, bars, cranks
Sakae pedals, post, BB

Oh yeah, I still need wheels.
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Old 10-12-09, 07:49 PM   #16
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I just picked up this beauty in sacramento for 175$ (CL). It is a 1983 SR racing ProAm. I had no idea what it was at first, though i did know that it was in good condition and rode true and fast. It's nice to finally see some history behind this, or should i say lack of history? Either way, i'm glad that i have it.

I thought that the wheelset and brakes were replacements (since they looked nearly new), although they appear to be original judging from other photos. The brakes are switched (moto) with the right hand lever pulling the front brakes. (don't know if this is factory). Funny to hear that it might have been made in mexico, since I bought it from an older mexican gentleman who happened to be a very avid cyclist. missing link, perhaps lol?



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Old 10-12-09, 08:25 PM   #17
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wow, awesome. fyi, take care of your dt shifters. mine came converted to thumbs with cable stops and normal shifters don't quite fit right.

i've seen a few more in my color (blue) but never in black.
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NOS SR Pro Racing 2010

Hi! Sorry for not let this tread die peacefully, but I got one SR Pro Racing frame, New Old Stock, this year, 2010 in Brazil... anyone knows more about components used in that time? (I heard about old Dura Ace, but what about saddle, stem, handlebars, wheels and tires)...
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The Pro-Am sold for a retail price of $453 US in 1983.

Windsor never owned a factory, in Mexico or anywhere else. Windsor was a USA brand that had their bicycles contract manufactured in Mexico by Acer-Mex and later in Japan, probably by Tsunoda. The Star family, which owned the Windsor brand, also owned the Lotus brand.
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Touring

Hi

Road bike novice and my step dad gave me a SR Pro Am ( road king ?). It rides great.

Everybody has been raving about this bike and its hard to find info. Is this bike geared for touring ?

Im a novice but was thinking not many gears and couldnt find extra rack mounts but frame / forks looked extra strong.

Maybe i should trade it ? idk rides nice but steep hills are killin me.

thanks
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zooshoe, where do you live? There are probably a number of people on this forum who would buy that bike off of you. Don't trade it in to a bike shop. Sell it to someone who will appreciate it, then buy something more appropriate for touring with the proceeds.
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thanks for the response bennie. I did not mention that a car crushed my rear rim so i have been looking for a rear wheel.

I just scored a sram pg1070 cassette for a good price, hoping that will work and help with the hills. now im looking for a wheelset or just compatible rear wheel.

Oh and i live in the east bay area by Oakland. Ive got a scooter i can trade too. lol. Honestly i really like this bike and if i can upgrade seems like it will work fine for light touring. IDK im just jumping in. I goto Mexico a lot , riding down would be very very cool. On a Mexican bike. Me gusta mucho.
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I just took a look at an SR bike today. I don't know the model but I think it was one of their higher end bikes. The left chainstay indicated a Joe Bell paint job. Paint was pretty nice, red with white head tube and seat tube. The white head tube + Seat tube had a Jackson Pollockesque paint splatter design. Forged shimano dropouts w/ adjusters. Mostly dura ace and shimano 600 components. The bike is currently for sale in the SF bay area craigslist section if anyone is interested. Owner is pretty nice. I passed on it because it is too small for me (52cm). Here is the link if anyone wants to take a look: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/2788486669.html
Components.
- Dura Ace side pulls
- Aero Dura ace seatpost
- Shimano 600 brake levers
- Shimano 600 Crankset
- Bellari drops
-Tange Ritzy headset
- Anodized Mavic rims, hubs are shimano 600 I think.
(sorry for the crapy pic but that is what the owner sent me.)

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