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Who rides the Maruishi MT18?

Old 05-20-19, 11:10 AM
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DP12926, taken from seat tube
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Old 05-26-19, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by prairiepedaler View Post
Hello Jack, good on you for taking it under your wing. I haven't seen yours yet but I'd toss the cassette and install a new one. A decent modern replacement is so cheap you might as well. Good thing the saddle is gone; this means you can put one on there for your particular physiology. Hopefully the bottom bracket/stem/seatpost all are freely movable. The seat may have acted like a bit of an umbrella to prevent the elements from drizzling down the seat tube. These frames are of adequate quality to take the time to build something onto. Keep this thread posted!
I would share pictures of mine with you, but the forum wont let me yet..
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Old 09-03-19, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
I haven't ridden one but have seen a few. The MT18,(aka Mountace), came out circa 1984. The frames were initially plain gauge CrMo. In 1985, it was upgraded to double butted CrMo and lighter rims, dropping almost 2 lbs. While the tubing decal was generic, the 1985 version stated "butted frame tubes". Since you don't mention this, I assume you have the 1984 model. The tubing, at least in 1985, was made by Ishiwata. If you remove the fork, there may be a manufacturer's logo and date code,on the steerer tube. The serial number should also tell us the manufacturer date and consequently, the model year. The seat post size,is a good indicator of tubing grade.

The components were mostly top notch for the day. The only thing really holding a 1984 MT18 back from being called high end, was the plain gauge tubing and Japanese heritage, though even that was arguable.
Mine is a green metallic, what colors did they come in?
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Old 09-03-19, 05:26 PM
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Just to spread the Mariushi love, I recently picked up this '85-'86 TourAce TA18 touring bike from a former member- it is very similar to the MA mountain bikes.
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Old 09-11-19, 02:26 PM
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Hey, nice old tourer frame you've got there. Didn't know Maruishi made one.
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