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3Rensho Modeulo Katana Road Restoration

Old 11-27-23, 01:50 PM
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3Rensho Modeulo Katana Road Restoration


I finished up this restoration recently, a spare-no-expense endeavor with a very worthwhile subject: a 3Rensho Modeulo "Katana". It represents an interesting time in the 3Rensho history - the end of the 1980s / early 1990s when they moved to the webbed "Modeulo" lugs and straight forks instead of the offset forks of their 1980s models. It's built up with a mix of Dura Ace 7400 and 7410 components, and rides like a dream. It took three years from when I first acquired it via Yahoo Japan Auctions to finally get it "perfect" but I'm over the moon with it. It's a spectacular ride as well - very quick to accelerate and climb, but also comfortable on long rides and inspires confidence on descents.

The bike has a lot of gorgeous details, from the pantographed stem, seatpost and cranks to the exquisite lug work. You can read all about the restoration and see lots more photos on my blog at: https://djcatnap.com/3rensho-modeulo-katana-road/

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Awesome 3 Rensho panto'ed parts! Did they come with the bike or did you collect them separately?
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wonderful to see this beauty....


...and to read how jazzed U R anent it...

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"don't bust a gusset"


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Wow! That turned out great. I really think the attention to detail kicks it up a notch.
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Wow. Absolutely stunning.
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lovely bike indeed the dura ace 7410 -7400 reliability and quality is stellar
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One pretty bike! First time I've seen flying buttresses on lugs. Crazy, and cool.
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Originally Posted by icemilkcoffee
Awesome 3 Rensho panto'ed parts! Did they come with the bike or did you collect them separately?
collected the seatpost and stem separately, and had the crankset custom made. I wrote a separate article on the crankset, which was done using a vintage panto machine by a Hungarian artist “La Vie Velo”.

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lovely bike indeed the dura ace 7410 -7400 reliability and quality is stellar
Thank you! Spot-on with the Dura Ace - it shifts flawlessly every time, something I can't say for groups made 20 years later. I don't love the ergonomics of the hoods, but it's a minor quibble.
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Originally Posted by Rick_D
One pretty bike! First time I've seen flying buttresses on lugs. Crazy, and cool.
Modeulo lugs are some of my favorites... in an article about them I wrote last year, I called them "Yoshi Konno's Gothic Masterpiece". They were also spec'd on some Italian and French bikes from the same period; one that comes to mind is MBK.
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🤩 I’ve never seen lugs like that before. I’m in love! 😍
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