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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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Old 09-17-19, 03:42 PM
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Maruishi Mountace... the original was first a 15-speed version (before the MT18)

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Does anyone here ride the Maruishi MT18? It's a Japanese made, steel, lugged frame. The tubing decal states cro-mo tubing but no other MFG / calibre identifiers.
I just finished overhauling a 1983/84 Mountace (15-speed) that I bought a few years ago. It was 100% original. This was the first Mountace model from Maruishi, and (like the MT18) this came with Deore (Deerhead) components; HOWEVER the first Mountace came with a Deore touring crankset (including those wacky "Dyna Drive" pedals with the oversized spindles). I replaced the pedals (which required special inserts to downsize the spindle hole to the normal 9/16"); I also swapped the 5-speed freewheel for a 6-speed, new rubber, cables, brake pads, and Brooks Conquest saddle. This model was the very first mountain bike I ever rode back in 1985, so it holds real sentimental value. As a trail bike it was a beast and a lot of fun, but way too klunky, with a super long wheelbase and a relaxed 68 degree fork (which ironically seems to be the current trend)... and THIS IS STILL A BEAST, and a PERFECT round-town cruiser. The Deerhead components were overbuilt and of high quality. (I think Shimano must have realized they would last forever, and started using less "durable" materials... oh well.) This is simply a sturdy, way-cool looking ride... and it should last another 35 years!!

I can't post pics until I get 10 posts (PLEASE change that silly rule... many, including myself have been responsibly posting for years)... THANK YOU!

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Old 10-09-19, 09:01 AM
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Maruishi Mountace 15 - PICS!

At long last... pics of my Maruishi Mountace 15-speed (converted to 18-speed). Lugged chromoly, built like a tank, overbuilt Shimano shifters and brakes... This bike will outlive all of us. It's NOT a show bike; it's a RIDER... and a damn fine one that will hopefully continue to look good for ANOTHER 35 years (before the next refresh)!


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After the rebuild. New rubber, brake and shifter cabling, brake pads, 6-speed freewheel (requiring minor re-dishing), saddle, and adapters for cranks to accept 9/16 pedal spindle.






Rebuilt the shifters... they shift like butter






Love this first gen Deore group, except the pedal spindle holes were oversized, to accommodate those wacky "Dyna Drive" pedals... Thankfully you can find inserts to accept "normal" pedals.






Insanely long wheelbase makes for a super comfy (ride). Not the most nimble beast on trails, but for gravel and dirt roads??? Forgettaboutit... this was MADE for rough back roads.






2-day test ride on the Paulinskill Trail (in northwest NJ)... Oh what fun to ride this beauty






Cornfield near my house... this bike is right at home out in the country.
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Old 10-10-19, 04:29 PM
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That is absolutely fantastic! I love the Kojak tires on that!
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Old 10-10-19, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by DiegoFrogs View Post
That is absolutely fantastic! I love the Kojak tires on that!
Thx, I also run Kojak's on another bike, a Handsome XOXO (XO-1 knockoff). Great road tires. Other than in loose mud, they roll very nicely over a variety of terrain. BB
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Old 04-28-20, 07:13 AM
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I have not been on the site in a while, but very nice bike! I'd give my eye teeth for the chrome bars! Was actually thinking about having mine chromed. I've also been looking at your type of saddle, are you happy with it?
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Old 04-28-20, 06:21 PM
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Some real nice handiwork on those finished bikes. Don't you just love the acreage between the seat tube and the rear tire.
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Old 05-03-20, 06:45 PM
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I have not been on the site in a while, but very nice bike! I'd give my eye teeth for the chrome bars! Was actually thinking about having mine chromed. I've also been looking at your type of saddle, are you happy with it?
I'm an old sucker for Brooks saddles... this is a Conquest, a somewhat rare sprung MTB saddle. Love it, but it lacks saddle bag loops. The Flyer Special is positively the bee's knees (IMO).

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Old 05-03-20, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by prairiepedaler View Post
Some real nice handiwork on those finished bikes. Don't you just love the acreage between the seat tube and the rear tire.
Funny, these were built for stability... But due to the long wheelbase they weren't all that nimble as true MTBs back in the 80s, and they got brushed aside by hoardes of shorter wheelbase, lighter and more agressive frame geometry designs that followed. And yet 35 years later these make awesome dirt road touring bikes! I was so lucky to find this Mountace; a true classic gem.
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So here is one of my bikes, all original (except the tires & tubes) down to the saddle...
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Old 05-31-20, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by NitroExpress View Post


So here is one of my bikes, all original (except the tires & tubes) down to the saddle...
Wow, what a beauty. 😎👍🌄
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Old 07-25-20, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
I just saw these posts because of the bump and thought you might be interested in the story behind the kangaroo mascot. Maruishi started importing British bicycles in 1884, when bicycles were the penny farthing style (aka hi-wheeler or ordinary) with a very large front wheel and very small rear wheel. The Japanese had seen a British gentleman riding one, dressed in a swallow tail coat, and thought he looked like a kangaroo running in the fields. The description spread and "kangaroo" became Japanese slang for "bicycle" in late 19th century, resulting in Maruishi adopting it as their logo.
What a great story!
Here's the Mountace M15 I recently snagged. I'm still trying to figure out the year, as with 15 speeds I assumed it was an earlier one. However the only component that has a readable date code is the Suntour front derailleur, with a CF (June '86) date stamp.
The rear derailleur has been replaced, as well as the saddle and rear tire. Maybe the bars and stem as well? Suntour thumbies. Hubs are high-flange Sunshine.



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I'll probably re-paint the one I've got. It's a tough call though. The minute a guy spends any sort of money or effort restoring an old bike, a nicer or more relevant one comes along. From what I see in this thread, there was a lighter framed version of the MT-18. It would be more prudent to put time / money into the lighter version, not the one I have. It's a coin toss. The Maruishi frame is basically a backup in case the main riding bike gets stolen; too difficult to find an xl frame when you need one. Pays to have spare frames, just like spare tires. I used to have a Lee World Mountain Sport for that purpose but it was effectively unusable due to seriously frozen in place BB/Seatpost.
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