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1986 Jetter 15 Speed

Old 11-10-18, 10:51 AM
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1986 Jetter 15 Speed

Hi, here's my Jetter 15 speed I found at a Denver, CO thrift store for $75. For some reason it jumped out at me. I think it was the chrome fenders! Googling it on the spot I could find little mention of them and the price the store had on it was a bit higher than they usually have on bikes there, so I wondered if they thought it was unique too. Not sure it's worth that much, but since then I did find a couple of old Craigslist ads that suggested they could sell for a $200-400. Here's what I found out about it after buying it: I"m sure some folks here are familiar, but in case not...

Jetter bikes were a "B" brand of Shogun bicycles from Taiwan. The distributor went bankrupt. One site suggested this may have been an early stab at a mountain bike. One of the Chen Shin Golden Boy tires did say "Mountain Bike". It has Shimano derailers.

I eventually found a photo(s) of the bike in a 1986 catalog (see below), Looks like a combo of two models. The 1986-88 Kenosha County, WI license makes sense. I'm guessing it was a then a new purchase. The bikes were imported by Frederick Wilkins & Associates, Inc of New Jersey, hence the Sommerset NJ head badge.

For my resurrection project, so far I have replaced the tubes and tires, brake pads, rear brake cable, handlebar grips and added a basket, rear rack and tool bag. I like to take it to local parks to metal detect and it's my official ride! If anyone has additional info please share.


From sitting in the thrift store to taking it on a recent metal detecting hunt after fixing it up.


"Jetter Sommerset NJ" head badge and 1986-88 license


1986 catalog. My bike appears to have the handlebars from one of the other models.
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Old 11-10-18, 08:27 PM
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I like it. It cleaned up nice. The white walls add a touch of class.
​​​​​​​Keep on rolling.
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The Jetters I saw were all very basic 10 speeds. We sold them briefly back in my shop days. Nice to know they branched out.
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I like it. It cleaned up nice. The white walls add a touch of class.
Keep on rolling.
Thank you! I'm really liking those tires too. I'm trying to decide what to to with that plastic spoke guard. Lose it or replace it.
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The Jetters I saw were all very basic 10 speeds. We sold them briefly back in my shop days. Nice to know they branched out.
Curious if the ones you sold had the Sommerset NJ head badge?
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The logo certainly looks the same but I could not tell you if Somerset was on the badge. It's been a looong time.
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I picked this up early in my getting back into bikes after 20+ yrs, it was ruff and had a very twisted & bent fork, built it up as a road bike just because I had the parts but it never worked out so I rebuilt it with uprights and sold it. Mine had a different head badge on it, It was a 900 cromo frame & 700c size wheels, when I found it it had cut down Bull Moose bars on it.

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