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Maruishi Touring bike

Old 03-23-16, 03:33 PM
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Maruishi Touring bike

Hi folks, I got an e-mail today from bf member Wo Show asking about the value of his bike. Evidently he is not able to post pictures, so I loaded this picture to my account. The info I have is as follows, copied from the e-mail "The frame measures about 56-57 c to c. Its a Maruishi Touring bike, all chrome moly, canti brakes, in very nice shape for its age." Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 03-23-16, 04:04 PM
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Looks to be pretty nice lower mid level touring bike. With a fairly nice frame with good paint and canti's and some good but somewhat pedestrian components. I would say about $300 if everything is in good shape.
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Raise the seatpost, remove the rack or adjust it to level if possible.
Then take good pics.

If its been recently serviced and has fresh rubber on the wheels, then id say $300 is possible where i am, though itd take time to sell.

I think the 2 rings up front (or is it a triple with half step gearing?) and downtunlbe shifters reduce the appeal...as well as the relatively unknown name.

If it hasnt been serviced in 30 years and has original tires, then $150 maybe? It may be nice and all, but in that condition there will be a lot of competition of similar style bikes in many major regions.
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The subject bicycle appears to be a circa 1984/85 Maruishi Tourace TA15. This was a mid-range touring bicycle comparable to the Nishiki Cresta and Miyata 610. The Maruishi tubeset decals of this era can be misleading and I have yet to see one of these that is full CrMo. However, the main triangles were double butted CrMo and in most cases turn out to be Ishiwata 022. The frame has a nice appointment of amenities including rear rack mounts, lo-rider fork mounts and provisions for two bottles. Components appear to be typical mid-range GT for the era, including a Sugino triple crank, SunTour wide range derailleurs, Dia-Compe cantilever brakes and wheels with aluminum rims (though only 36H on the rear, as opposed to the 40H found on the TA18). Price circa 1984/85 would have been $375 US.
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Looks solid and well cared for, hard to tell if 56 or 58 but apparently too big for Wo Show! Will not get the recognition of other tourers but I would think 200 in most markets during the season, maybe 250 in metro areas.
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It's got canti's & appears to have triple chainrings. I wouldn't take less than $300 for that.
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I paid two dollars for this bicycle. Will build it next year with all Shimano parts I have on hand now.
You, sir, have a very nice bike. Keep it in the family.
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It's got canti's & appears to have triple chainrings. I wouldn't take less than $300 for that.
You have yet to see a Japanese bicycle you didn't like!

Limited if any brand recognition for Mariushi. Sellers list various Mariushis for inflated prices and they sit and sit and sit. You can't get more money for a Mariushi than what a comparable Schwinn Voyageur SP would go for. FMV is more like $200 +/- 10%.
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