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Old 10-16-22, 06:58 PM
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Something followed me home today

The story was the owner I bought it from bought it from the original owner, who was a racer of some local noteriety. He said he owned it for about 20 years, but he barely rode it. If it was raced, the guy was really good at keeping the rubber side down! The 20 year time frame could mean that the guy I bought this from did the drive train "upgrade", but he has no recollection. I asked him to gkeep an eye out for any random parts during a garage clean up, and to give me a call. You never know!
1983 LOTUS Legend; the only year with Columbus tubing and the script Legend lettering. Spec sheet says fork crown reinforcements added in 1984, but who know, because this one has them.
The good: Columbus SL frame built by Tsunoda, Superbe brakes, Superbe Hubs. The paint is very nearly showroom pristine, with one small chip where the brake caliper hit the down tube. Chrome looks as good as the paint. Nice Sugino Mighty Comp crankset, although the drilled chain rings are missing.
the bad: The suntour drive train (Cyclone II top mount shifters, front and rear derailleurs) were changed out with Sachs Huret Rival Aria 7000. (RD date code 0490). The worst of it is the missing top mount shifters, I wanted them. Looks like it was also converted to 8 speed at that time. Spacing looks like 135mm (can that be right?). Alignment looks good though. Waterbottle basically shattered as I was squeezing it on the way to the rubbish bin! Not sure of the size, my guess is 56, so I will likely be moving this one along after I harvest some parts, and clean and overhaul the greasy bits. A shame, because i need a sport bike in the inventory.


This may be the first Lotus I have seen in person

Columbus SL

Columbus SL

This should clean up nice

Superbe Hubs

Superbe brakes

SN:EK01950

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Old 10-16-22, 07:34 PM
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I noticed anothr small paint chip on the seat tube below the Columbus sticker, but that is the magnification. The spec sheet says recessed brake mounts, but the brakes are nutted, I will need to check that out. More pics to follow.
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could it have traveled all the way from Honshu to upstate NY and then back out to California or was there a west coast office at this time?

was Maeda's headset partner Tange?


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Great score! The Lotus head badge is one of the best.
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Old 10-16-22, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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could it have traveled all the way from Honshu to upstate NY and then back out to California or was there a west coast office at this time?

was Maeda's headset partner Tange?


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Sold in SoCal if the sticker is original. Head set is 600, likely a carry over from the first gen which was full 600 Arabesque
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Old 10-16-22, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
was Maeda's headset partner Tange?
Yes. As was Shimano's throughout at least the threaded era.

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Old 10-17-22, 06:36 AM
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More pics:

Chrome socks look good

8 speed

MIssion Valejo Anyone know this shop?

I never saw a blue Araya sticler before.

sachs-Huret Aris Rival 7000 RD

Forged Sugino crank, missing original "drilled" chain rings with sachs-Huret Aris Rival 7000 FD

Missing the top mount Cyclone II shifters (bummer) sachs-Huret Rival "upgrade"

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Old 10-17-22, 06:40 AM
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huh. The name Rival was used before SRAM. I learnt somethin today.

That's a handsome bike.
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Chrome fork socks look great as well.

Legend in script, with Columbus tubing nails this as a 1983 model.

Tsunoda built. SN reflects this too

Nitto bars, even though SR are speced

Microshift, 8 speed sachs-Huret Rival. I guess tat this was how SRAM got into drive trains, through aquisition...who knew! (I bet a lot of you, just not me!)
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Really nice looking bike. I had a Centurion Elite RS with the top mount SunTour shifters . They were nice but , to me, not much different in use. It also had the Cyclone MK 2 group which was one of the best shifting set ups I have tried. I just got a set of wheels with Superbe HF hubs (same gold stickers) . I have yet to try them out but they seem very nice. I had never seen them before I got the wheels so I have no idea. The general consensus on this forum is favorable. It looks like that bike will ride very nicely, good score.
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I have 2 84 Lotus Legends. One is an Ice Blue Legend and the other is an Oxide Green Legend Compe. Both have recessed brake nuts and head tube decals instead of the badge. They also have the fork crown/seatstay engravings. The Compe does not have an aero shifter boss since it came with Campy parts. The other main differences between the Legend and the Compe are the frame geometry and the dropouts. The Compe has Campy DOs without eyelets. Very nice score. The Oxide Green is a very nice color in person. Pictures don't do it justice. That might be a 58 with the way the badge is positioned on the head tube. Make sure and record the year/model/size/color/serial number on the Asian serial number guide sticky.
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Oh wow! That's going to clean up so well. What a fun project.
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Nice score Mark!
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Very nice. Congrats! 👍
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I would have grabbed that in a heartbeat, very cool.
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Very great condition.
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That's a very fine bicycle.

The few bits you feel it's missing, can become your quest(s).

Because the shifters match the derailleurs, I would not change just the shifters. Keep what you have but put a set screw in the threaded hole of the shifter boss. Use a little clear or black silicone as a sealant and thread locker.

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That is beautiful. Eventually I will find my Lotus Supreme, but that is an amazing bike.

Interesting about the Rival stuff.
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If and when you replace the shifter cables on this beauty, with the current Sachs shift levers, I would consider moving them up the downtube so that the aero lever boss acts as a stop for the lever clamp.

Great find!!
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You lucky bastige.

I presume it's freewheel. If so - and if the freewheel is worn badly enough to need replacement - you might want to check out my post earlier today on the "Are you looking for one of these?" thread. It contains a link to a vendor with a Sachs-Malliard 12-19 8-speed corncob freewheel for sale.

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FWIW: if the guy you bought the bike from only owned it for around 20 years, it's possible the original owner did the RD/FD/freewheel 8-speed upgrade. Per the Disraeli Gears website, the Sachs-Huret Rival 7000 RD was designed around 1990 - and the Huret name appears to have disappeared from Sachs branding circa 1992. Both occurred 30 years ago or more.
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FWIW: if the guy you bought the bike from only owned it for around 20 years, it's possible the original owner did the RD/FD/freewheel 8-speed upgrade. Per the Disraeli Gears website, the Sachs-Huret Rival 7000 RD was designed around 1990 - and the Huret name appears to have disappeared from Sachs branding circa 1992. Both occurred 30 years ago or more.
Yeah, Rival was late 80s if I recall.
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Yeah, Rival was late 80s if I recall.
Per Disraeli, the first Huret Rival came out in 1981 or 1982 - the 2850-00. The Rival name continued, with numerous design revisions, until well after SRAM bought the Sachs bicycle components operation (the SRAM Rival 22 was available as late as 2014).
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Lovely Lotus... I couldn't help but notice and wonder why you're calling the SR crankset a Sugino Mighty Comp? SR is Sakae/Ringyo and Sugino is Sugino. Different companies! This is what appears to be one of SR's top offerings of the era, a RY-5 or "Royal-5" model.

VeloBase.com - Component: Sakae/Ringyo (SR) RY-5, Royal-5
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Originally Posted by Hondo6 View Post
FWIW: if the guy you bought the bike from only owned it for around 20 years, it's possible the original owner did the RD/FD/freewheel 8-speed upgrade. Per the Disraeli Gears website, the Sachs-Huret Rival 7000 RD was designed around 1990 - and the Huret name appears to have disappeared from Sachs branding circa 1992. Both occurred 30 years ago or more.
Yeah, I did the math, and I decided that 1990 was about 22 years ago! Man doees it suck getting old, or what?

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