Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Bikes: 84 Trek 660 Suntour Superbe; 87 Giant Rincon Shimano XT; 07 Mercian Vincitore Campy Veloce
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It's a track bike, notice there are no downtube shifter braze-ons. The Panasonic was a decent bike especially in their upper end models, and their track models used their upper end tubing which if my memory is correct was Ishawata 019 tubing, which was going against the top of the line Columbus stuff during it's day; and personally, I thought the Ishawata was superior! I owned a Trek TX900 that used Columbus SP/SL and that was a nice frame set, but when I got a Trek 412 that had the Ishawata tubing it was noticably stiffer especially in the rear stays and bottom bracket area. If I cranked hard on the TX900 I could get the chain to rub on both sides of the front derailleur, but this would not happen on the 412 and the 412 was a cheaper bike! Bad me I had to sell the TX900 for a down payment on a car that I aways wanted. But later when I bought the 412 I was able to race on it and do quite well with a cheap bike and with sport geometry!
But your bike may have some other tubing because I cannot remember that far back in all the particulars; but I do remember some Panasonics did use the Ishawata, because I ran into people racing on Panasonics...just not the track model.