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Old 08-14-17, 05:55 PM
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Kabuki - seems odd

This one is a Kabuki 10 speed I donít know the model. I assume its 80ís vintage. I havenít cleaned it but will start tonight. I bought it for wife but she doesnít want it. Ė Ok I really, really liked the head badge too....
Serial number ďappears to be CZ 5281N or CZ05281N (I canít see if thereís a small zero between the Z and the 5 or just a mark on paint)
I get that companies and individuals have always mixed and matched parts but this bike has some odd combinations.
1) It is a Kabuki Ė seems basic and itís a 21 inch frame. Frame marked ďNissan Hi-ten. High tension steel butted tubesĒ
2) The brake levers are marked Campagnolo and so are the brake lever hoods
3) The actual brakes are each marked Dia-Compe and Dia-Compe Deluxe
4) The cranks are Sakae Custom with the Sakae dust covers still on
5) The pedals, stem and bars are marked Sakae or SR
6) The shifters are marked Suntour Power
7) The rear derailleur is marked Suntour Vx
8) The front derailleur is simply marked Suntour
9) The rims are Araya
10) The seat top is unmarked and the under sided is marked Tahei and Unite
11) Lastly, the seat post is marked Bao Yi but canít read rest of writing due to fine rust which Iíll clear up soon.

As I said above some parts are really basic but others seem to be listed quite high on Ebay and that isnít counting the frame.

Did they really come from the factory like that? I get the mix of Japanese parts but I doubt the Campagnolo parts being standard in Japan.

Could it be an attempt at a custom bike or just someone putting parts on a frame?

I spent $80 for the bike and $30 on tires so Iím only out $110 and I could list as is but I doubt Iíd get any more that that if sold whole so might part out. Of course Iíd keep the head badge if I break it up.

Does anyone know the model, what year it was made and maybe a value?
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having trouble with photos again.

Will try Imgur next.
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It's a low end bike that has been lightly modified.

Please don't remove the headbadge.
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That's one of the issues, what would have been the mods?

I would assume the Campagnolo parts were add-ons, though why I don't know unless a previous owner had them laying around but what about the mix of Suntour, Suntour Vx and Suntour Power stuff - was that a normal mix for a low end bike?

Ps If I do part it out, the last bikes I parted people just wanted a frame so why not keep the head badge? They are just going to re-paint the frame.

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As a guy who looked for two years for a correct Legnano badge, please save someone else the pain.

The Campy parts were likely an attempt to upgrade. This bike comes from a time before all the manufacturers made complete groups. The Suntour is likely stock with the Sakae crankset. Nice looking bike. If it doesn't fit you, I suggest just clean it up and resell it as whole.
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Trying to add photos

Sorry to cb400bill I could see your point if it was say a Bianchi (or your Legnano) but I can't someone ever rebuilding this bike to it's "glory years".

Having said that, I'll try listing it and some one might bite.

Still wondering when it was made/model. Just because I'm curious.

I'd value it here between $140 and $175. If you have better idea, please feel free to give it.
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That's one of the issues, what would have been the mods?

I would assume the Campagnolo parts were add-ons, though why I don't know unless a previous owner had them laying around but what about the mix of Suntour, Suntour Vx and Suntour Power stuff - was that a normal mix for a low end bike?

Ps If I do part it out, the last bikes I parted people just wanted a frame so why not keep the head badge? They are just going to re-paint the frame.
On the Suntour bits, sure. I have found first generation Cyclone components as original equipment on relatively low end Japanese bikes. I had a Kabuki pass through here, same high ten steel frame, same cool headbadge, same Vx rear derailleur. Of course the Campy bits are not original.
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Any idea on model/year

Thanks for points Bill!

ps I had already found your other comments on the forum before this email and was glad to see someone as hooked on old bikes as you!!
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The subject bicycle is from Kabuki's post Bridgestone period and is manufactured by Nissan. The SunTour Vx rear derailleur was introduced in 1977 and produced through to the end of 1983. It, along with the crankset and brake calipers would appear to be OEM. The only parts we can say for sure that are non-OEM, are the Campagnolo brake levers.

The known Kabuki model using this combination during this period was the Skyway, so it is the leading candidate. It was an upper entry level model, typically 2nd from the bottom of the line. Bridgestone was still manufacturing this model in the very late 1970s, so it is probably early 1980s and based on my current understanding of Nissan's format may be a 1984 model manufactured in very late 1983.
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I would agree that the components and frame details point to a bike from 1983. As for it being odd it seems plain for a Kabuki who were noted for a lot of not standard frame construction and parts during 70's and early 80's. Value rise I would say $150-175 and I would leave it as is if everything works good.
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Dang!, FYI.....Those levers (Campy C Record/Chorus), NOS, are most likely valued higher than of that whole bike these days......
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