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Old 01-31-08, 08:42 PM   #1
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American Eagle?

Has anyone ever heard of American Eagle bikes? I came across a frame on eBay and I've never heard of them. Just curious if they're worth anything.

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Old 01-31-08, 08:53 PM   #2
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Well, to update my own thread, the only things i can find are this:
Japanese Bicycles in the U.S. Market

and this:
Veltec?

Any other info?
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Something doesn't add up. American Eagle was an early 70's brand name. I doubt that they made any mountain bikes much less a late 90's, early 00 frame with canti/V brakes. American Eagle changed their name to Nishiki, whose early 1980's MTBs had lugged frames and looked more like a road bike than an MTB. I have no clue what the OP found. Did someone purchase the American Eagle logo?
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Looks like a generic taiwan built frame with a few fancy decals. Probably built in the same factory that builds these (the dropouts and general construction look similar): http://www.leaderbikestore.com/prod_...owup/526H1.jpg
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Zombie Thread, but... for those who are searching for
information on American Eagle, the Wikipedia
article on Nishiki
has been updated with the full American Eagle / Nishiki story,
with links to the source material.

American Eagle was the brand name used by the Cohen's,
founders of West Coast Cycles for bikes they had made
by Kuwahara of Japan. These were road and touring bikes.

WCC later changed the name to Nishiki when Howie Cohen
overheard a customer point out how disingenuous it was to use
an American-sounding name on a product from Japan. Howie ran
a contest with the Kuwahara workers and came up with Nishiki...
which is the name for using gold or silver thread in brocade, wedding
kimono's etc.

Howie Cohen makes himself available here: http://www.howiebikeman.com/.
He's a terrific resource for information on the bicycle industry from
the 1950's on up. Cohen retired at age 37 from West Coast Cycles, but
started a second career distributing Kuwahara's mountain bikes.


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Has anyone ever heard of American Eagle bikes?
Really just rebadged Sprites made in the UK with engines that were Italian-made clones of an old Husqvarna engine.

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American Eagle is just a taiwanese cheapo brand of frames with no marketing at all. They are fine for cross country riding. I wouldnt do any big drops or stunts on those frames. If they fit you, Id say give it a go.
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