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What would you pay for a 1979 Kabuki

Old 02-17-11, 10:09 PM
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What would you pay for a 1979 Kabuki

Hello everyone -

I was just wondering what would you guys pay for 1976 Kabuki super light, 52CM, new shimano cassette, double rims - continental gator skin tires and two water bottle holder.

The reason that im asking is there is someone trying to sell me this bike for $240. Just wanted to know if you think it is a reasonable price...or not.

Is Kabuki a good brand? I know it must be really old since google...doesnt have any answers

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Old 02-18-11, 07:29 AM
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Personally, I'd pass at that price, uness you're in a very high priced market. The 1975 SuperLight sold for $180 brand new. Kabuki was made by Bridgestone and are well manufactured bicycles, but some were a bit quirky and the Superlight is one of them. It's a lugged aluminum frame where the lugs are die cast arouind the tubes. Most use a hard to find and replace seat post with an expander bolt, rather than a pinch bolt on the lug. This is because the cast lugs were not very ductile. Despite the aluminum frame, weight is comparable to a hi-tensile steel frame at about 28lbs for a 23" frame.

Basically, its an upper entry level bicycle. Note the stem shifters. The crankset should be a cotterless, aluminum Sugino Maxy, the derailleurs should be SunTour VGT/V Compe, the brakes are ubiquitous Dia-Compe center-pulls and the wheels aluminum, QR hubs laced to 27" aluminum rims. Though the pics are poor, I can see the saddle and pedals have been replaced.
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Old 02-18-11, 07:39 AM
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All the Kabukis that I have seen were low end bikes. This one fits that description. Quill seat post? Hope it is still there and functioning properly. Pass.

No answers on Google? I got 165,000 hits on Kabuki bicycle, including a lot of threads on this forum.
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Old 02-18-11, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
All the Kabukis that I have seen were low end bikes.
The Kabuki Diamond Road and/or Kabuki Diamond Touring would be the bikes to consider at $175+ in excellent condition. The Submariner, with stainless steel main tubes, is an interesting entry-level bike to consider for $75+. That Super Light .... $240?
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I have a sky way 12 ,how are they?
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I have a sky way 12 ,how are they?
Heavy, IIRC.
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Originally Posted by Malcomb View Post
I have a sky way 12 ,how are they?
The Skyway 12 was an upper entry level model and would be circa 1979-1981. They used the die cast lugs in conjunction with a hi-tensile steel tubing. It should also still use the expander seat post. While the ones I've seen used some aluminum parts (crankset, stem, handlebar, pedals hubs), the rims were still steel and they used stem shifters and had brake safety levers. As noted, they were quite heavy models. I'd appreciate the serial number for my database. TIA.
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This is one of Kabuki's odd ball offering's from the late 70's, the super light was a bit different for a entry level bike in that it had a frame with cast aluminium lugs and fairly heavy aluminium alloy tubing and quill seat post which resulted in a light weight frame that was actually a bit heavy and didn't ride good. If everything is in good working order ready to ride this bike is worth about half the asking price if you want a small road bike to use as a beater it's just OK at best. Myself I would pass on this one if your willing to spend $200-300 or a road bike you can find some thing a lot nicer in a mid level 80's or 90's bike.
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Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
This is one of Kabuki's odd ball offering's from the late 70's, the super light was...
This Superlight thread is 6 years old but got bumped in post #5 by a member inquiring about a Skyway-12.
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Get that miserable looking piece of trash out of my face. You'd have to pay me just to throw that thing in the dumpster.
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Get that miserable looking piece of trash out of my face. You'd have to pay me just to throw that thing in the dumpster.
No need for that harshness. Mellow out dude.
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