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1977 Zebrakenko Olympic-Ace

Old 08-06-21, 02:14 PM
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1977 Zebrakenko Olympic-Ace

Many moons ago I shared pictures of my 1977 Zebrakenko Olympic-Ace. According to T-Mar Zebrakenko supplied the Japanese olympic team at some point. Add up that the bike is equipped with Dura-Ace, hence 'Olympic-Ace'. It is a nice Tange Champion tubing frame. I like the candy apple green colour a lot and the chromed fork tops are a nice touch. I do think the full frame is chromed under the paint.

The pictures I shared earlier show the Zebrakenko with later Shimano 600AX stem. Bar tape and lever hoods are missing. That had to be corrected. In the proces I completely rebuild the bike. The stem has been replaced by a SR Extra Super Light stem. In the late 70s it was the nicest SR stem. It has ti bolts and it is hollow. The stems matches well with the SR bar. I fitted new hoods and white/greyish Velox tape and ends. The Shimano brake cables have the same colour as the tape. The headset and bottom bracket bearings received loose grade 20 balls with fresh grease. The old grease lost all its qualities in 40 years.

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The updated cockpit with SR Extra Super Light stem:



This stayed the same:







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Oh wow. Gorgeous. Well done. Will this be just for show or will you be riding it?
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That is just lovely all around! Love that bar and stem combo too.👍
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luv that green - it just glows!

a most handsome machine

what were the OEM pedals?

beautiful job with it on your part


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While I don't have literature for this particular year, the favoured pedal manufacturer for Zabrakenko bicycles was MKS/Mikashima. Consequently, given the era and Dura-Ace, I'd expect MKS Unique Custom pedals.
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Wow, that’s beautiful…
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Stunning bicycle.

The bar and stem terrify me.

Stunning bicycle.

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Best-looking bar sleeve ever

Your bike is quite the stunning survivor; paint is so beautiful it appears nobody ever gave it any love on the road. I hope you correct that.

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Thanks for sharing your gorgeous Zabrkenko. So many beautiful details! I love the paint color, too!
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Oh wow. Gorgeous. Well done. Will this be just for show or will you be riding it?
I will ride it on special occasions, but it won't be a rider. Not many top end Zebrakenkos in this shape are left I think.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
While I don't have literature for this particular year, the favoured pedal manufacturer for Zabrakenko bicycles was MKS/Mikashima. Consequently, given the era and Dura-Ace, I'd expect MKS Unique Custom pedals.
Yes, MKS pedals and the leather wrapped Kyokuto Petite toeclips below:

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