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Old 08-28-17, 06:24 PM
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Another Sequoia.

Sorry for another Sequoia thread but I picked this up about 2 years ago and never dug deep on where it might fit in the pretty confusing Sequoia lifespan. Based on what I can figure out from T-Mar's input in other threads, the frame was made in June 1982. It sounds like 3Rensho in '81, then Miyata took over? then Miki then Merida... Maybe its unknowable, but very curious to know who designed it (Tim Neenan?) and made it. The lug work is very refined, lots of taper and filing also chromed fork blades, seat and chain stays (lots of paint missing so easy to see what's chromed).
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Old 08-29-17, 02:34 AM
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That's probably by Tim Neenan. There is another thread on here where wrk101 thought his was an 83 or 84 and it had a decal designed by Tim Neenan on it. Only his was a deeper blue than mine which was id'd by T-Mar as 1984.

Also, there is this link, which I can't post because I'm new... but it's at rivercitybicycles.com slash 2017 slash 05 slash sequoia-merz where Jim Merz says he designed parts of the 83 (which implies to me he didn't design the whole thing). So if yours is 82... I'd guess it's Tim Neenan's design.

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OTOH there is a facebook account merzbicycles which seems to belong to Jim Merz and on Jan 29,2016 there is a post about the 1983 Sequoia and it says he designed the 83 one ... so.... maybe he did design all of the 83 one...
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Old 08-29-17, 08:04 AM
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I don't know who designed it but it was definitely built in 1982 by either Miki or Merida. Given that other Sequoia from this era have surfaced with Japanese country of origin stickers, it should be Miki.
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Thanks T-Mar. No matter how it came into existence, it's a heck of a nice bike!

A little more research and some posts on velocipedesalon by Tim Neenan himself a few years ago indicate he arrived and left Specialized in '81. I live about a half hour from his last shop location and thought it would be fun to ride there on my Sequoia but it looks like he closed down Lighthouse.
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Old 08-29-17, 12:11 PM
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Super nice frame much nicer than most so I would guess it is a 3renhso. Only thing to really add is the BB spindle is in backwards the longer offset end should be on the driveside.
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Old 08-29-17, 12:57 PM
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That would be cool! The bb is a symmetric (pretty sure, as i installed it a few months ago) sealed unit with a 126mm spindle...
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