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Old 03-09-18, 10:59 AM
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1988 Panasonic DX-5000

EDIT 2: Sold!

EDIT: I've reposted this in the C&V sales forum. Sorry for the mistake.

58cm frame, Tange Prestige DB tubes, Shimano 600 Ultegra Tricolor group set and hubs (including aero seat post), Origin 8 BB, Araya CTL 370 rims. Bike Forums special: $275

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I’m asking what I think is a lowish price because I am now in Amsterdam, the bike is in Shreveport, LA, and I doubt I'll find a local buyer (my wife is still there for a few more weeks). I put three bikes in storage and this one drew the short straw. The local bike shop charges $50 to pack, and Bike Flights will cost about that to ship within the states. If anyone can get to Shreveport, this is a hell of a deal (plus my wife will throw in some other bike goodies that we won't be storing!).

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Onyx black (Nov. 1987 build) Size 58
Seat tube 57cm c-c, 58cm c-t; Top tube 56cm c-c; 99.5cm wheelbase, 32.125” standover, chainstay 41cm
[Note - in 1988, this bike had the same geometry and frame as the Team America]

Frame: Tange Prestige Cr-Mo DB tubes, lostwax seat lug, forged ends and sealed BB
Fork/Headset: Tange Cr-Mo blades, C-2 crown, forged ends and Shimano 600 Ultegra sealed HS
Crankset: Shimano 600 Ultegra Biopace 52/42T, 175mm
Cassette: Shimano HG50 13-28T 7-S
Chain: SRAM PC850
FD: Shimano 600 Tricolor clamp-on
RD: Shimano 600 Tricolor
Shifters: Shimano 600 Tricolor indexed
Brakes: Shimano 600 Ultegra 6400 alloy side pull calipers
Levers: Shimano 600 Ultegra 6401 S.L.R. aero levers with Shimano hoods
Pedals: Shimano M520
Handlebar: SR CTB, Maes alloy 410mm
Stem: SR marked ‘Custom’ 100mm
Saddle: Selle Italia Mundialita black vinyl
Seatpost: Shimano Ultegra 600 Aero
QR skewers: Shimano Ultegra 600 Tricolor
Hubs: Shimano 600 Tricolor front and rear
Rims: Araya CTL 370

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I’ve documented buying and restoring this bike in several threads here on BF. I got it in late 2016, stripped it to bare frame, cleaned everything, sourced parts (shifters/derailleurs/hubs had been downgraded to Shimano 105 by PO), and made a few upgrades. The frame was sprayed inside with J P Weigle. The paint was in great shape and I touched up the few nicks with a mix of matt and gloss Testors paint. The chrome is in excellent shape and just needed a polish. The original BB had some scoring on the spindle and one cup, so I took the easy route and replaced it with an Origin 8 unit that saved a nice chunk of weight. I put new bearings/grease in the headset, which was otherwise in great shape.

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I not only restored the shifters and derailleurs to Tricolor, but I bought a beautiful Ultegra 600 Aero seat post (the original Sugino SP-KC was dull and clunky). I replaced the Ambrosio 19 Extra Super Elite Alpine rims/Shimano 105 hubs with Araya CTL 370 rims with Shimano 600 Tricolor hubs and skewers. The hubs were rebuilt with new bearings/grease. I decided to play up the orange paint accents instead of the yellow, and went with orange cable housings and tape (Fizik Microtex).

I replaced the 170mm cranks with 175mm and kept the Biopace 52/42 rings, which are in excellent shape. I fitted a new SRAM 8-s chain, and since the rear hubs was Uniglide, and I wanted a new cassette, I got a Shimano HG50 13-28t cassette and filed on cog internally to fit. The indexed shifting works perfectly. I rode it with some cheap tires for a few hundred miles, and then put on a set of Conti 4000GP S II tires. I put 1007 miles on the bike after the resto, and probably less than half that on the Contis. This is a tight, fast, solid bike that became my go-to ride along the levee trail in New Orleans.

I’ve put the original Mundalita saddle back on for the sale. It has some minor scuffs and a tiny hole in the vinyl towards the nose, but is in otherwise good condition. You can zoom in on the photos at the front of the Flickr album to see the condition.

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Notes: I still have the 170mm cranks. I can see if the bike shop will swap them, or throw them in for another $20.

If you really want the Shimano M520 pedals I’ll include them, though I was thinking of keeping them.

The FD has a cosmetic issue - it’s been sanded in part to remove some corrosion that was under the paint. I thought the bare aluminum looked better than the cruddy paint. I tried to sand and buff it in a way so that it looked like an intentional design, though if you know what a Tricolor FD should look like, it's pretty obvious. I’ll ask my wife to take a photo closeup to show what I’m talking about. If it bugs you this is an easy and cheap replacement.

The RD has a couple of scrapes. I think the brakes and shifters look very good, and the calipers look like new. This is not a show bike, but it looks damned good, and is a ball to ride. For a while I had a super light CF saddle on it, and with the other changes I made (esp. the wheels) the bike was a little under 21#.

Flicker Album In the Flickr photos, you’ll see I got the bike with a Zefal frame pump. I brought that to Holland, so it’s not included. Let me know if you want any close up photos.

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If that were my size I'd be on it like a fat kid on a cupcake.
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I'm sorely tempted . . .

Wow, Shreveport. I grew up in New Orleans and I know the state well. Plus I used to live in the Netherlands as well. Strange coincidences.
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That's a deal, right there. Prestige tubing is used on the best Panasonic made frames (think Prologue) and tricolor is totally bombproof. Clearly a thoughtful and tasteful build, got to be a great rider.
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That is really nice. GLWS
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Deal of the forum right now IMHO.
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Screaming deal at $275 even with the $100 or so to ship.

I sold my '87 Panasonic DX-5000 for $300 last summer and felt I was being willingly robbed. At the time I unfortunately needed the $ for another bike purchase so had to do it. Worth noting mine hadn't been overhauled at all and was Tange 1 tubing rather than the nicer Prestige.

Someone is gonna be really happy with this bike!

PS - Before someone comes along and rips him a new one for not putting this in the 'C&V Sales' section it's worth noting it was probably just a mistake as he's a premium member. I speak from experience having been on the receiving end of a tongue thrashing.

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I'd move it there as it might make it more noticeable and sell quickly (someone looking to buy something would tend to look in the for sale section first).

I don't see it lasting very long regardless. The bikes and prices I have seen out of New Orleans are such, if I was there, I'd be driving right now.
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The Panasonic's are one of the nicest made and painted classic lugged framesets of that era. This would be at least $1000 on ebay. Anyone 6' tall within 150 miles needs to move on this, pronto.

If I wasn't short and in Seattle, I would have already bought it.
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Oops, I didn't mean to put this here. I thought it was going onto the sales forum. Can a mod move it, or should I do that?

EDIT: And thanks for all the kind words!

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Goodness, you decided to sell.

Too small for me. I'd probably get it anyway if I was local, but alas I am not.

This is a great deal. GLWS.
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Looks delicious. But I'm too tall.
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Originally Posted by jonwvara
If that were my size I'd be on it like a fat kid on a cupcake.
Yeah, if it were a 54 I'd be on it like red beans on rice.
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Originally Posted by Hobbiano
Yeah, if it were a 54 I'd be on it like red beans on rice.
Good point, it is in Louisiana.

Okay, I'd be on it like me on a convenience-store boudin. My friend Phil and I ate a lot of boudin on a tour across Louisiana last winter. Awesome stuff. I wish you could get it here in Vermont.
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Excellent price. Too small for me though.
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Originally Posted by jonwvara
Good point, it is in Louisiana.

Okay, I'd be on it like me on a convenience-store boudin. My friend Phil and I ate a lot of boudin on a tour across Louisiana last winter. Awesome stuff. I wish you could get it here in Vermont.
If someone were to drive down to buy this bike, they could also score some crawfish pie or etouffee, jambalaya, creole gumbo and maybe some hog head cheese while they were here.
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Beautiful bike! Gotta be one of the best deals of this young year.
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Sale pending...
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I dig a lot of the build details. Congrats on the sale.
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