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Old 05-02-05, 12:25 AM
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Zebrakenko- ever heard of?

and what do you know about this brand?
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Old 05-02-05, 04:06 AM
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Originally Posted by somebodies
and what do you know about this brand?
Sorry, can't be of any assistance. 'Zebra' does ring a bell, though:
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My first road bike was a Zebrakenko. From what I remember of it, it was of the same quality level as the average department store bike. It had stamped steel dropouts, no rear derailleur hanger, and no braze-ons at all.
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Old 05-02-05, 05:17 PM
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Zebrakenko was a Japanese brand that goes back to the turn of the century (20th) but only started US distribution in the mid 1970s. They offered a wide range of models, from entry level to high end. There was even a nice Dura Ace 10 equipped track bicycle. The early models were typical Japanese bicycles, clean workmanship, very sturdy, capable components, but having a "dead" ride quality relative to the resiliency of most European bicycles. Depending on the year and/or model you could find them equipped with wither Shimano or SunTour based groups. The head badge was quite nice, an oval with a roaring lion's head in the centre, a crown over the lion's head and 'GOLDENSPORTS GS ZEBRAKENKO'.
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Old 05-04-05, 07:56 PM
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Never rode a Zebrakenko but we had their catalog laying around the shop I worked at in the '70s. As T-Mar points out, they had an extensive line, ranging from basic to high-end pro type bikes. We used to marvel at some of the Japanese market oriented models that had a wild array of lights, racks, mirrors, fenders, etc. combined with some pretty strange aesthetics. They seem to be one of the Japanese brands that never caught on in a big way here in the US.

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i was going to point you in t-mar's direction, but it looks like he already found you. i had a zebra-kenko i found in a thrift store in alaska, it was a really good quality road bike, and yes a pretty cool head badge. this was a few years ago, and i never could find any info on it, actually i was surprised nobody had ever heard of it, considering the quality
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Hi

Agree with T-Mar's post. My info nuggets: Sold by my LBS in mid-late '70's, I remember three levels, labeled Thunder, Storm (I think) and Lightning from low to high. In 1977, $ 180.00 of my hard-earned paper route money bought a beautiful shiny black Thunder model. Steel lugged frame, nice quality, Suntour components , def. not top-shelf, but better than department store and low end Huffy/Schwinns of the time. Rode the piss out of it for a year or two, bought a car and that was it. It spent the next 25 years in a succession of garages and basements, I just couldn't let it go.

Last year , decided to get off my ass and lose some weight. I replaced the tires and up graded the seat to handle my 311 lbs and put another 200 miles on it before buying my Trek 2000. I still can't part with it yet...but right now I prefer the new bike (17 more gears, and about half the weight...)

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Old 05-11-05, 07:55 AM
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Just saw a Zebrakenko chained to a lightpost in NYC. A nice lugged frame in burnt orange made from Ishiwata 022 but converted to a city-type bike with a bunch of random components. I'm guessing it was late '80s - when did they stop production?
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Old 05-11-05, 02:44 PM
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I am riding a Zebrakenko.. Golden Sport are the only other words on it so i assume thats the model.. I got it as just a frame and fork its lugged and a beautiful orange color with chrome chain stays and has suntour drop outs.. sounds like the one jemoryl saw.. I have this bike set up as a fixed gear city bike
nobody at any of my LBS's has heard anything about these bikes
but apparently it passes the 'pling test' for tube quality
I do love the head badge the loin with a crown.. rasta
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Old 06-02-05, 02:27 PM
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i am also riding a zebrakenko, and am also in minneapolis, and the frame's set up as a fixie.

maybe our bikes should date.


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I am riding a Zebrakenko.. Golden Sport are the only other words on it so i assume thats the model.. I got it as just a frame and fork its lugged and a beautiful orange color with chrome chain stays and has suntour drop outs.. sounds like the one jemoryl saw.. I have this bike set up as a fixed gear city bike
nobody at any of my LBS's has heard anything about these bikes
but apparently it passes the 'pling test' for tube quality
I do love the head badge the loin with a crown.. rasta
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Old 06-02-05, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by jemoryl
Just saw a Zebrakenko chained to a lightpost in NYC. A nice lugged frame in burnt orange made from Ishiwata 022 but converted to a city-type bike with a bunch of random components. I'm guessing it was late '80s - when did they stop production?



Today I bought what is probably a very similar model to the one you saw chained up. Mine has suntour 6sp group, sugino crankset, rigida rim on the back, arroyo rim on front, dia-compe brakes........pretty typical middle of the road stuff. Definately not junk but it's not as light as my Trek 460.

Oh yeah and bought it for 10.00!





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Old 06-13-08, 05:11 PM
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I ride a 1982 Zebrakenko Storm. It is a realy nice bike. I also had a Wind that I sold. Wish I hadn't.

The tubing and welds is pretty decent. Paid $380 new in 1982.
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Too funny! I just bought a 1977 GS Zebrakenko that i'm in the middle of fixing up. She's a gem in the rough so far with real nice Shimano Cyclone GT derailleurs and leather saddle. I've posted some pretty rough looking pics under Classic & Vintage.
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As stated above, they were similar to typical Japanese bikes of the era. The bike shop called Bicycle Habitat in NYC sold many of them. In NYC, people don't require big brands as they do elsewhere. Bikes (and other things) can make it alone on quality and a shop's recommendation.

Since it was a typical Japanese bike, it was far above the quality of department store bike quality. Back then, department store bikes were much worse than bike shop bikes. That gap has narrowed a bit lately.
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I thinkin the early 80's they just became Zebra. I have a Zebra Tempest I picked up off the street on "Sparkle Day". It's a wacky pastel green. Since it was pretty far gone, now it's a fixed gear with nice new parts on it.
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I have a Kenko 'Storm' I see no mention of Zebra on the badge, but I suspect they are one in the same company.
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Do any of you have a decent looking picture of the Golden Sport decal that is on the downtube? Mine is really rough looking and I'd like to have it recreated and replaced once i have this thing painted.
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Mine doesn't have one on the dt, but the st



Take a look here for increased view and other decals
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Originally Posted by vinfix View Post
I thinkin the early 80's they just became Zebra. I have a Zebra Tempest I picked up off the street on "Sparkle Day". It's a wacky pastel green. Since it was pretty far gone, now it's a fixed gear with nice new parts on it.
Zebrakenko was sold though 1984. Zebra appeared in 1985.

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I have a Kenko 'Storm' I see no mention of Zebra on the badge, but I suspect they are one in the same company.
Sounds reasonable, given that the Storm was a Zebrakenko model. I wonder if the brand name differed, depending on the country? Or maybe they split into two brands, Zebra and Kenko, after 1984?
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Originally Posted by Elev12k View Post
Mine doesn't have one on the dt, but the st



Take a look here for increased view and other decals
ooops your correct sir! I meant seattube.

Thanks for your help!
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Ah, thats where the model name was written. Too bad I got the decals off before reading them. They didn't strike me as high quality.

Then again, they were printed in the 80's.
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I remember Zebrakenkos being sold in most dealers next to Takaras, so I pretty much thought that they were of the same quality level and price. Not quite as nice a Fujis and quite a bit below Miyatas. But the good thing was the frames were well made despite the lower tier components mounted on them and the prices the bike went for....which was typical of the Japanese bikes sold here in the 80's.
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Ask among fixie riders; around here their track bikes rate as: @#$K yeah!!
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My son had a fixie that was made off of a mid-70's Zebrakenko by a prior owner. It was lugged cro-mo steel and had decent forged dropouts but the model name was lost with the decals. It still had the head badge and most of its blue-grey paint. The frame angles were a little too relaxed for my liking but we had fun with it before passing it on to another owner who is still riding it. Decent quality bike. Fond memories.
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Last year I gave away two Zebrakenkos, low end bikes, good riding,had no use or plans for them.
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