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Dorado 1000, any info?

Old 01-29-19, 01:51 PM
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Dorado 1000, any info?

Any info? I cant find anything on this.
its champion no2 which is pretty good yeah?
Double eyelets on the rear, suntour components, diacompe breaks. Seems a decent bike, but the zero info about brand makes me cautious.





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Old 01-29-19, 03:09 PM
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It is hard to find info on smaller boutique brands simply because no one has uploaded any information about them to the internet. Looks nice but needs a good cleaning. Whats the asking price?
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Old 01-29-19, 03:25 PM
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$80 dollars.
Looks to be a decent bike, granted my eye isnt so great when it comes to frame details. Likley too small for me too, I need at least 60cm and this a.... 58?
Whenever see a bike I cant find anything on I like to ask the hive mind about it, curious more than anything. I love learning about the smaller brands.
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Don't know the brand but really nice mid level Japanese built bike worth well more than asking price. The Symetric ARX aero components date it to 82-84.
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Old 01-30-19, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
Don't know the brand but really nice mid level Japanese built bike worth well more than asking price. The Symetric ARX aero components date it to 82-84.
Thanks for the info!
like I said above I'm thinking its gonna be too small for me by a touch. The mysterious brand would likley damage resale value I'd think so I think it's a pass for me.
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Old 01-30-19, 02:51 PM
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USA marketing brand introduced in the mid-1980s. The ones I've seen were contract manufactured in Asia. The components are a bit low for a Tange #2 frame, so I wouldn't be surprised to find lower grade fork and stay material. Also, it looks like it has the older style, 27", U-section rims. I'd place this low mid-range but still worth $80 if ready to ride. Serial number may allow me to determine actual year and manufacturer.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
USA marketing brand introduced in the mid-1980s. The ones I've seen were contract manufactured in Asia. The components are a bit low for a Tange #2 frame, so I wouldn't be surprised to find lower grade fork and stay material. Also, it looks like it has the older style, 27", U-section rims. I'd place this low mid-range but still worth $80 if ready to ride. Serial number may allow me to determine actual year and manufacturer.
unsurprisingly its Tmar for the win!
Thanks!
Do you know if they made anything higher up than this? The only other examples online I've seen are another of this exact model on offer in cal and a mountian bike over on mtb forums.
I think it had been a small manufacture like Legge or Harding I may still buy it, but contract manufacture is less appealing.
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https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/805846033092830/

link for anyone in portland area interested
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I may be a little late in the response to the Dorado 1000, but can offer some more info on the bike. I have one just like the one pictured by Buellster. Mine is a 23" with 27x1 Araya double walled rims. I bought the bike in a box from Price Club (now Costco) in Azuza, Calf in 1984 for $260. Not sure what that would equate to today. The bike was in typical knockdown form for shipment to dealers/stores. The size selection was limited to 23" at the big box, but fit me. I bought the bike and completed the assembly. As T-Mar implied, it is a low mid range bike for the time and compared well with the Fujis and Treks of the day in the LBSs. The frame and components are all Japanese. From what I have seen from other roadbikes of that era, the frame is actually quite nice. It is far better quality from some of the bikes I see on Craigslist from that era. If you see a Dorado up for sale, buy it for the frame.
I occasionally look to see if anything pops up on the Dorado brand. As the OP noted, not much info out there. I still have the owners manual indicating that it had a business office in Wilsonville, Oregon. A few years back, I had seen a post for a Dorado 2000. The bike had a similar two tone paint scheme, but likely a better component group.
I continue to hold onto it as it was my first new real road bike. After riding on and off over the years, it got replaced with newer and better bikes, but I kept it for the old school steel bike look. I put a compact crank on it and change the 6 speed freewheel to a 7 speed freewheel. I will be adding Shimao 7 speed brifters to and dual pivot calipers to make it a little more functionally modern.
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I may be a little late in the response to the Dorado 1000, but can offer some more info on the bike....
Welcome to the forums. Thank-you for posting. Since you still have your bicycle, it would appreciated if you could post the serial number. It would be interesting to see if we can determine who manufactured these bicycles, for posterity's sake. TIA.
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The serial number is short and simple: 51924. Curious what you are able to find about the manufacturer. .
I would post some pics, but too new to the forum, not allowed yet.
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I believe Dorado was only sold by Costco as their house brand. The Sherpa line of mountain bikes seem to be more common (at least in my experience) than the road bikes. I have a lower end one from the 90s thatís chromoly main tube only. Sticker says made in Taiwan.
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Considering that I bought the road Dorado from the pre-Costo Price Club, it seems to make sense. Selling road bikes is a niche market. There are many LBSs that sell various styles of bike, but a several LBSs in my area (Western NY) don't sell road bikes because they say that it is a tough market to sell. Roadies go to the several LBSs that cater to them and the other shops may only have a few to choose from or none at all. My thoughts that when Costco was selling the 1000 back in the mid 80s, the sales were probably were probably quite low. That's why there is very little on-line traffic these days. If someone bought the Dorado 1000 like I did, it came in a box, which required final assembly or take it to a LBS. The latter may also contributed to low sales. I did notice that there were a few Sherpas that popped up when searching, The Sherpas that I saw posted were latter 80's early 90s vintage fully rigid mtbs. Mtbs were taking off at that time and the Dorado road bike was likely abandoned for the Dorado mtb. Even so, there doesn't seem to be much out there on the Sherpa as well. I noticed that the Sherpas were made in Taiwan (seen on a pic from a search). The 1000 was made in Japan. The Sherpa was likely manufactured when the bike industry was starting to emerge in Taiwan.
I'm curious if T-Mar is able to determine the manufacturer for the Dorado 1000.
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Have the same. Recommended group set?

I have Dorado 1000 as well. Currently has a 3X crank and a a 6 speed cassette. Has old Lee Chi direct pull cantilever brakes.

I ride ten to twenty miles a day solely for the exercise. All my riding thus far is on pavement.

I am considering swapping out all the components to make it more functional. Can anyone recommend a group set that would come in somewhere in the neighborhood of $500?
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