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Old 11-14-14, 01:42 AM
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Picking up a Golden Sports Zebrekenko

So I ran across a Craigslist listing of a Golden Sports Zebrekenko. Seemed to be in pretty good condition considering the sub $40 price. I talked to the owner and she said it was from the early 80s. I've done as much research as I could on the bikes so right now I'm really just wondering what model and what's the value of the bike I'll be purchasing. I guess I'll let the pictures do the talking. Anyone know anything about them/which model this may be?





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Old 11-14-14, 04:44 AM
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Looks like a lower end model. Has all the bike boom add ons and long frame geometry. You didnt overpay but if you were thinking to flip, you didnt really find a gem. ZK's are rather uncommon. I found one at a thrift store for 15.00 that was a higher end model with Ishiwata, tighter geometry, downtube shifters and Suntour BL. Wish I had kept it just for the rarity of it.

ETA: you may have a late 70's era bike by the looks of the cottered cranks.
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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
Looks like a lower end model. Has all the bike boom add ons and long frame geometry. You didnt overpay but if you were thinking to flip, you didnt really find a gem. ZK's are rather uncommon. I found one at a thrift store for 15.00 that was a higher end model with Ishiwata, tighter geometry, downtube shifters and Suntour BL. Wish I had kept it just for the rarity of it.

ETA: you may have a late 70's era bike by the looks of the cottered cranks.
+1 High tensile frame most likely, needs a lot of work too.
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Looks like a 30+Lb bike with chrome steel 27's and steel cranks. I remember those days. Cool headbadge, I'd gink that sucker before getting rid of the bike.
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Well thanks guys, I'm probably just going to keep it since Id be getting for so cheap, I wish I could know the model name since they all had cool names. Apparently this one was bought not in the US so I'm not sure if that would make any difference in possible models. I'm also a sucker for orange. Thanks guys.
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Well thanks guys, I'm probably just going to keep it since Id be getting for so cheap, I wish I could know the model name since they all had cool names. Apparently this one was bought not in the US so I'm not sure if that would make any difference in possible models. I'm also a sucker for orange. Thanks guys.
I never saw or found a model name for mine, either. Mine was burnt orange. Info on these are scarce. Hope you enjoy it and get good miles out of it.
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I never saw or found a model name for mine, either. Mine was burnt orange. Info on these are scarce. Hope you enjoy it and get good miles out of it.
Well, i still haven't picked it up yet, but upon further inspection of the pictures, i see it says Sun on the left chainstay. I'm assuming Sun was the model, and this one is burnt orange as well. Anyone know anything about the model line-up for these bikes?
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Well, i still haven't picked it up yet, but upon further inspection of the pictures, i see it says Sun on the left chainstay. I'm assuming Sun was the model, and this one is burnt orange as well. Anyone know anything about the model line-up for these bikes?
You may want to go to the C&V form and search that forum. I just did and found a lot of info. Much has been added since I had mine.
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Wind, Sun and Thunder were models for sure. I believe Zephyr might have been one also. I had one briefly. Got it as a project and after the disappointing ride qualities, promptly sold it. The buyer was happy. It did have an awesome head badge.
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Cool bike! This is not the best place to ascertain the market value for a bike because you will often get the same 'canned' responses. Sure, you can always find a bike at the local thrift shop or flea market but some people prefer buying on Craigslist. If the bike is in 'tuned-up' condition this is worth $150 bucks all day long. I've been falling in love with bikes a long time and after I am done fixing them up and fawning over them we part ways on Craigslist. I can't tell you how many people have bought a bike from me just because they like it and it suits their needs. I suppose it depends on where you live but if it's a bike friendly city then people are always looking for classic bikes as opposed to giving Wally World their money and let's face it..the local bike shop just may not be in their budget. What you have there is a bike with personality and people notice it.
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Originally Posted by RacerX1 View Post
Cool bike! This is not the best place to ascertain the market value for a bike because you will often get the same 'canned' responses. Sure, you can always find a bike at the local thrift shop or flea market but some people prefer buying on Craigslist. If the bike is in 'tuned-up' condition this is worth $150 bucks all day long. I've been falling in love with bikes a long time and after I am done fixing them up and fawning over them we part ways on Craigslist. I can't tell you how many people have bought a bike from me just because they like it and it suits their needs. I suppose it depends on where you live but if it's a bike friendly city then people are always looking for classic bikes as opposed to giving Wally World their money and let's face it..the local bike shop just may not be in their budget. What you have there is a bike with personality and people notice it.
I didn't see canned responses in this thread. Don't know where you are coming from on that. As far as this not being the best place to ascertain value, you are entitled to your opinion. I disagree. What helps is when the OP states their intentions clearly. But too often we are unsure of...
1. Geography: Location is of huge importance in assessing value (if selling locally).
2. Flip potential versus keeper: How about sharing what you intend to do with the darned thing?
3. Size matters: Tell us the size best you can.
4. Pictures: They help (OP did a good job on that).
5. Experience: If you can't wrench, some bikes are going to be a bad deal because you will have to pay someone who can.

So you get out of things what you put in. A little effort and explanation up front is going to garner better responses.

As far as the subject bike here, there is a lot to not be excited about. Likely Hi-Ten frame, steel wheels, cotters, turkey levers, etc. There are also some good things, color, head badge, cool name, etc.

I hope the OP has fun with it if it is a keeper, but I still don't know what he intends to do with it.
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