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Old 01-17-19, 06:25 PM
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Help ID'ing "true" manufacturer

Hi, everyone. I know this may be a dumb thing to ask, but:

I've been wanting to find the "true" manufacturer of my 1981 Free Spirit "Pinnacle" road bike. I don't know why, but I've been interested in who actually made the bike for Sears-Roebuck way back then. I've never found anything to suggest a manufacturer, and the two codes on the bottom of the frame don't match any formats on the Asian serial number list.I did, however, think the bike was possibly made by Puch for Sears-Roebuck after finding Puch made bikes for Sears (under the Free Spirit label) until the very early 1980s, and the frame of my bike looks fairly similar to the one of a Puch-made 1981 Austro-Daimler Pathfinder that the Pinnacle often shared a bike rack with.

However, I've also found conflicting information. The drivetrain on this bike is fairly low-end, as it is all made by "Falcon." The brakes and original tires were made in Taiwan, so many have suggested the bike was made in Taiwan.

Any help to at least point me in the direction as to who possibly made this bike for Sears would be greatly appreciated. My curiosity has been begging me to ask.

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I believe the top number is the Sears product code The lower number is the manufacturer's serial number and is consistent with a Taiwanese manufactured frame from April of 1977, 1987, 1997, etc. Based on the crankset, I'd say 1987. This format, when used without an alpha prefix, is associated with KHS (Kung Hsue She), a manufacturer of school supplies who ventured into the bicycle industry during the early 1970s bicycle boom. The format should be listed under KHS in the Asian Serial Number Guide thread.
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I believe the top number is the Sears product code The lower number is the manufacturer's serial number and is consistent with a Taiwanese manufactured frame from April of 1977, 1987, 1997, etc. Based on the crankset, I'd say 1987. This format, when used without an alpha prefix, is associated with KHS (Kung Hsue She), a manufacturer of school supplies who ventured into the bicycle industry during the early 1970s bicycle boom. The format should be listed under KHS in the Asian Serial Number Guide thread.
Thanks so much. That makes sense because the majority of components on this bike are Taiwanese. I originally guessed this bike was older than 1987, though. But I found a 1982 Sears catalog that was still using their old styling.

Are there any things I could look for to verify whether or not it was a KHS made bike?

EDIT: I believe 1987 is the correct year for this bike, as the styling is very similar to the bike featured in a 1988 Sears catalog.

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