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Old 07-28-10, 04:25 PM   #1
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90's PARK PRE - TANGE PRESTIGE / SHIMANO 600

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Old 07-28-10, 04:28 PM   #2
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Yes, I've heard of 'em, but it's been a while! I've always liked the name for some reason


I'm sure this is what you've found, but just incase:

History:
http://www.parkpre.com/history.htm

Pictures (with some roadies):
http://www.parkpre.com/miscgallery/index.htm
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Old 07-28-10, 04:35 PM   #3
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yep, that's the site. very little info out there. a mystery wrapped in an enigma? thanks.

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Old 07-28-10, 04:43 PM   #4
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It's a nice bike, so definitely keep it
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I know a fair amount about Park Pre. My race team (Conejo Velo Club) was sponsored by Park Pre in the late 80s and early 90s. The entire junior race team, and a few of the senior riders in the club were provided with complete bikes. These were all outfitted with Shimano 105 groupos (though I swapped out the 105 groupo for other components I had). The team issued frames were painted pink & white fade with blue splatter, and I also have a matching ParkPre MTB. Check out my signature for links to photos (sorry, not the best photos).

As indicated in the link above, the frames were designed by Cozy Yamakoshi. I knew the owner of the company, Mr. Park, through his two sons who also raced for Conejo Velo Club (which obviously factored into the sponsorship), though they focused a lot on track riding. The company was (is still?) based out of Moorpark, CA, but the frames were produced in Taiwan, I believe.

They produced mostly mid-range mountain bikes, but they did also put out some nice road frames. I know they also produced a prototype TT bike, which I don't think ever made it to market. I *believe* they also may have produced some track frames, which also never made it to market. My Park Pre has double-butted Tange Prestige II tubing. It's a great frame. I rode and raced it hard, and it's still going strong (although currently it's been stripped of most of it's parts for my LOOK renovation).

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Wow, that's a brand name I haven't heard in quite a long time. I barely remember seeing some rolling around the Boulder area many many years ago. I didn't know that they had taken over production on the pulstar hubs though, nice tidbit trivia fact there.
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I had a ParkPre 24" bmx cruiser. Tig welded Tange tubing. Built very well. Cool rounded seatstay and chainstay caps at the rear dropout/trackend.
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I think ParkPre even produced a few magnesium road frames.
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I only recall seeing a few and they were ATBs. despite the lack of hoods and the pedals this one looks pretty nice.



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Anything else in particular you'd like to know?
wow, thank you. that about sums it up i suppose! i appreciate the info!
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