DRF aka Thrifty Bill
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
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Check the vintage Trek site for date codes. I doubt that Cyclone GT is really that old. They were common on mid 1980s bikes.
Also post pictures of your bike.
Some will find the term cool old jap stuff offensive. Better off using the full name, as the Japanese built some awesome bikes in the 1980s. I have several of them: Miyata, Univega, Nishiki, Lotus, and some Schwinns. Many of these bikes came with Suntour components. Cyclone is a higher end (pretty good) Suntour product. Sunshine is a common hub, sometimes relabeled Suntour, but often labeled Sunshine. I don't see any reason to upgrade those wheels, without pics, they could be pretty decent.
Center pull brakes can be very effective, if properly adjusted. I prefer side pulls, only because they are easier to adjust.
Your bike is a 1981 model, based on the serial number. Suntour bar end shifters go way back, and were very likely stock on that bike, along with the center pull brakes and the cyclone derailleur. Univega switched their touring bikes to cantilever brakes in 1982, so my 82 Gran Turismo has cantis.
Last edited by wrk101; 02-27-09 at 04:23 PM.