I just acquired a fantastic Japanese mystery bike. The seller said that friends of his in California owned DIN bicycle importers in the 70s and gave him the frameset in about 1975. He said that they were considering frames for resale and were going to sell them under the label "Echelon." I bought it for the components alone. However, the frame seems to me to be from the late 70s?
A little CR list research indicates that DIN importers did indeed import bikes and sell them under the label, "Echelon." Supposedly, they bought them from Cherubim. Supposedly, Yoshi Konno was a builder at Cherubim in the late 70s?
So, what do you think? I have no doubt that it was an "Echelon." But, anybody out there have any corroborating or contradictory evidence that this was built by Cherubim? Any clue what year? Any chance that it was built by Yoshi himself?
Over the top bb cable guides, brazed-on top tube guides, clamp on DT shifters, braze-on bottle holders, nutted brakes; this frame is right on the cusp of 70s/80s?
The seller was the original owner, and transitioned components over to the framset, so they aren't likely to be much help in dating it. But, I've listed them below anyway.
Photos were taken quickly this morning on the way to work. Didn't even wipe off the cobwebs.
More photos in the link below.
56/55 cm frame (ctc). 69 mm bb width?
Low flange Campy record hubs w/Fiamme red label tubular rims, straight skewers
No date, 165 Record cranks (NR chainring).
Phil Wood cartridge bb (per seller)
NR front derailleur (pre-cpsc)
NR rear derailleur (72)
NR road pedals
Dia Compe Gran Compe brakeset
SR (Sakae Ringyo, not Super Record) fluted seatpost
Cinelli Unicanitor plastic saddle
Old logo Cinelli 1A stem and old logo Giro d'Italia bars
Hope to take her for a spin tomorrow and find out if she fits (I usually ride 57/58)....
Thanks for any light that you can shed!