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1980 Panasonic DX-3000 - Just picked it up, with PICS!!!

Old 04-28-18, 07:24 PM
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1980 Panasonic DX-3000 - Just picked it up, with PICS!!!

Picked up an '80 DX-3000 today. Scraping the house to prep it for painting so I've only had a chance to give it a quick once-over and take a few pics. Unfortunately the original owner stripped off the Shimano Arabesque front and rear derailleurs, jacked the stem waay above the max line and threw on stem shifters. The good news is he replaced the front with Suntour NSL and the rear with Suntour VX which I've heard are both solid.

To do list: Throw on some MKS touring pedals, add a Brooks saddle, find some nice downtube shifters (suggestions?), and replace the foam pads with bar tape. Thinking maybe a light tan to match the accent color from the head and seat tubes. But the color on this thing, I just can't get enough of it. Panasonic called it Golden Brown and when the sun hits it, let me know tell you, it's a thing of beauty.

After I get it cleaned up and make the above changes, I'll do a proper photo shoot. Oh yeah, I paid $75 for it, so that was nice







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Old 04-28-18, 07:48 PM
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Nice! Suntour Power shifters would be my choice.
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Old 04-29-18, 02:32 AM
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Awesome find. Really love the colors.
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+10 clamp on Suntour power shifters would be my choice. On bar tape, I always look at less prominent colors on the frame. Tan or one of the colors on the stripe on the seat tube. Best if cable housing matches the bar tape color.
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Nice! Agree with the 'upgrade' Suntour. If it were mine, I probably would keep the shifters too. Funky cool.
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Sweet! Love the DX Panasonics
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From bikes I have looked at, I see better results with matching the bar tape to the saddle than to any tan frame paint. I would go with black/black myself, especially for a bike that might get a lot of hours of riding put on it.

Arabsesque derailers and DiaCompe centerpull calipers is not a common combination to see, perhaps the derailers are original?

Your bike looks good and it's wide rims are once again fashionable.
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I also vote black/black. Tan would make the whole bay wayyy tooo brown/tan/beige/earth/etc. colored. It needs a little dark/aggressive in there. You'd be matching them with the tires, which works!
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Originally Posted by dddd View Post
From bikes I have looked at, I see better results with matching the bar tape to the saddle than to any tan frame paint. I would go with black/black myself, especially for a bike that might get a lot of hours of riding put on it.

Arabsesque derailers and DiaCompe centerpull calipers is not a common combination to see, perhaps the derailers are original?
Specs from the 1980 catalog show that this combo was used. Interesting choice I guess.

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I also vote black/black. Tan would make the whole bay wayyy tooo brown/tan/beige/earth/etc. colored. It needs a little dark/aggressive in there. You'd be matching them with the tires, which works!
I was going brown all the way but you guys have me thinking. I'm a sucker for black & brown, not sure why I didn't think of it! I think we just may have a color scheme winner
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Sweet. Should be a killer ride once you make the changes you mentioned.
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Congrats. May I suggest a Suntour Spirt fd? Top normal.The crispest shifting fd I have experienced, Big fan of the VX on the rear as well
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