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Old 05-04-16, 11:02 PM
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Anybody got info for a Anlen Road A1 Bike

So we had this what looks like to be a commuter bike it has flat bars and 700c with cantilevers. what caught my eye was the clearcoated steel frame. and then the Shimano 700CX. Anybody have info on these bikes? Not much on the web about them but it looks like they are Taiwanese, and the bike i would guess early to mid 90's

Anlen bikes are they good? Decent? Junk? were they a contract Manufacturer like Giant that made bikes for other companies.

The bike is a Road A1 it has Tange Double Butted tubing it looks to be natural clear coated steel. running almost a complete 700CX grouppo. wheels are Araya with 700CX hubs. the shifters, Derailuers, Brakes are all 700CX.

i know the CX grouppos are ok, but the 700CX really looks nice.

The bike is still dirty i pulled it out and was checking it out looks to be my size ~22" frame









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Bump... Anybody info for Anlen?
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Im not sure why i am so drawn to this bike but something about the Stainless Steel Frame i find really cool. These are the facts on the bike

1. Anlen was a manufacturer in Taiwan (Gary Fisher sold his business to them in the early 90's before Trek bought them)
2. It seems like Anlen's were sold mostly in Europe i heard Czech and Belgium mostly
3. from the components of late 1992 dating the bike is probably a 1993 model
4. Running the 700CX hybrid group 1993-95 (really nice grouppo has been compared to XT level quality)
5. Components are as follow.

Frame: Tange Double Butted Tubing, Appears to be Stainless Steel finish
Derailleur F, 700CX (triple 28.6 Clamp bot pull) FD-C700 (QJ)
Derailleur R, 700CX (Mid Cage 7 Speed) RD-C700 (QJ)
Brakes: 700CX Cantilever (QK)
Shifter/Brake Levers: 700cx 7 Speed/Triple ST-C070 (QJ)
Hubs Front/Rear: F: 700CX R: 700CX Freehub (need to clean up to find date code)
Rims: Araya TX-350 700c Double Wall
Handlebars: Zoom Brahma
Seat: Ventura
Seatpost: Ventura
Waterbottle Cage: Ventura
Cranks: Newer Generic Shimano (Definitely not Stock) (looking for 700CX Cranks)

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The SN of the bike TB30509073

Not sure if it will be helpful for @T-Mar
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I didn't know anyone was making stainless steel bikes in the early 1990s. Interesting.
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Originally Posted by fleslider View Post
The SN of the bike TB30509073

Not sure if it will be helpful for @T-Mar
Thxs. This a typical Taiwanese format and given the 700CX group almost certainly indicates May 1993 manufacture. Normally I would have expected a TA prefix (Taiwan Anlen) but that may have been assigned to another Taiwanese A-company.

Are you sure this stainless steel? Around this time Univega had a similar finish on some of their models and, if I recall correctly, it was actually a metallized coating. Try a magnet on it. Most stainless steels have weak magnetic properties.
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It has a weaker magnetic attraction than the Diamond Back Apex I was comparing to but it still had a good attraction, ive never seen this Metallized coat from Univega but it very well could be.
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I was thinking coating as well. Like those Ti plated bikes of the same era.
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As a rule, I think double-butted anything is going to be a pretty decent bike. Looking at geometry, fork, and cantilever brakes I'm thinking more hybrid than pure road. Maybe they were primarily a MTB brand that offered this up for those who weren't so off-road oriented?

...I'm mildly amused by how the brand, when viewed from a distance and/or without my glasses, becomes "Onion."
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Definately Hybrid, the 700CX grouppo is original especially since its labeled "Shimano 700CX" on the seat stays.

a google search does'nt bring up much for Anlen, a couple "Mtn Bikes" and new kids balance bikes.

the water bottle Cage, Seatpost and Seat are all from a company called "Ventura" Ive never heard of them but they seem nice for the era.
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Update:
im using this bike for the C&V Clunker Challenge. an old unknown Hybrid.. thats unwanted to most.

I stripped the yellowing clearcoat off the frame which also took off the gfx's but im kind of ok with it since it was kind of ugly. heres a bad image of the frame with the gfx stripped during the rebuild process. Cleaned up the Stainless Steel looking finish with some 220 Grit paper, it got rid of all of the polished spots in the finish.


I finished the rebuild and cleaned up the 700CX componentry and added a Selle Royale Saddle and it is running great. i also added some Aluminum fenders which have come in handy the last couple days.


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Nice looking bike.

I think what you call 'stainless steel finish' is actually 'silver paint'.
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