Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Speialized Roubaix, Giant OCR-C, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 01 Bianchi Campione, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
To obtain the year of your bike, look at the back of the front and rear derailers. You will see a two letter code, (not three letters, just two). Write those down. Go to the "vintage trek" website. On the left side of the page, click on component dates. At the top of that page you'll see "Suntour (Maeda)", click on that. Now look up your two letter codes that will disclose the exact age of the two derailers. Using the date of the NEWEST of the two derailers, you can determine the age of the bike. Keep in mind that if your newest derailer was made in, say September, you should add one year to the bike because late year derailers were used on the next year's bike.
This is the method used by the Classic & Vintage guys on their forum. Works over 95% of the time.
BTW, I think you're probably correct that the bike is older than 93 and probably is not on bike pedia. My best recollection is Suntour X was a very late 80s or early 90s group. Suntour lost a lot of business by the mid-90's as Shimano dominated the market.
Roccobike BF Official Thread Terminator
Last edited by roccobike; 01-16-14 at 11:35 AM.