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Old 05-20-05, 05:57 AM
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The big markets for Apollo seem to have been Australia and Canada. I am familiar with the 1970s models and they were all nicely manufactured and finished. You are correct in stating that the frames were manufactured by Kuwahara. Biopace came out in 1983, so it's probably no older than that, unless the parts are replacements. If you want to narrow the date down, check the two letter date codes on the brakes and derailleurs against the info on the Vintage-Trek website.

Ishiwata 019 was a lighweight, butted tubeset. It's comparable to Reynolds 531C and Tange #1 with repect to wall thickness and weight. That, plus the Shimao 600 components indicate an upper, mid range bicycle. It's definitely worth an investment to fix up. Nice find - congratulations!
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