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Old 08-18-18, 11:22 AM
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Off hand, the things on a Varsity that are different from a common 1980s Japanese frame are:

Stem is 21.1mm vs. 22.2mm.
Front derailleur mount (seat tube) is 1 inch vs. 1 1/8.
Brake reach is longer.
Brake levers are for a thinner handlebar.
Seat post is 7/8 inch vs. one of the many more common sizes.
I think the front axle may be smaller, too, so filing the dropout may be necessary to fit a new wheel.
Also, the weight of a Varsity will be nearly double that of a decent 1980's bike.
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