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Want info - "Hunter Corsa" late '80's road bike

Old 07-25-06, 01:57 PM
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Want info - "Hunter Corsa" late '80's road bike

I picked up a bike in great shape; I'm just curious to know what I've got my hands on.

First, this is NOT a bike made by Hunter Cycles in California; Rick Hunter does road frames, but they're hand-made, fillet-brased units that start at well over $1000. And, if my bike dates to '87 as I think it does, Rick Hunter would have been about 16 when it was made. Nonetheless, the badge says "Hunter Cycles, Inc."; the seat tube has a decal that says "Hunter" in big block letters, and the top tube has a decal that says "Corsa" in italics.

The frame is well-crafted lugged steel, made of Tange 900 tubing; while there's a number stamped into the bottom bracket (Y7B1523), there's no manufacturer name. It's completely equipped with Shimano 105, and the date codes vary from August '86 to February '87. For a steel bike of its vintage and size (63 cm), it's not exactly a wisp, but at 23.5 pounds total, it's not a complete beast either.

There was one earlier comment on this board from a guy who says he owns one like it, and believed it was a "house brand" (my apologies; I don't know what that means) sold in the Southwest in the late '80's.

Anyone have any thoughts/wisdom/info? I'm particulalry curious about original retail price, and any history on Hunter Cycles, Inc. Thanks!
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house brand meaning the bike is branded the same name as the shop. I.e. hunter cycles was a shop somewhere and imported bikes from someone (like kawamura or kuwahara) and put their own decals on them. That is a possibility.
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Bump.

Thanks, Cyclotoine; that makes sense.

I'd particularly appreciate a word from T-Mar if he can shed some light on the serial number (Y7B1523) of this apparently Japanese-made, circa 1987 frame.

Thanks, everybody.
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Bump!

Any info on this! I have a Hunter from the 80's and would really like to get some info on it. Love the ride, and yes it is a heavy guy... well made though!
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woohoo...thasa beeg bump...post us up some pics, since digital cameras have come a long way since the inception of this thread...
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hunter corsa

I just picked up a Hunter Corsa myself for $100. Looks just like the one in the photo posted on this link...

https://velospace.org/node/1344

That's the only photo & info out there that I can find on the web so far.

If I can manage to keep the upgrades to a minimum, I probably got a good deal.

I Googled Tange 900 steel and the results seem to say it was basically a department store bike with unusually decent parts (Shimano 105) for a low caliber frame.

Have you come across any info similar or contrary to what I've found?
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Bringing this thread back up from the dead for some guidance.

I just picked up this Hunter Corsa frame and I am looking to remove the crankset and bb with the right tools. I am unsure if the Shimano 105 crank is JIS or ISIS, can someone check the picture of the crank on the above link and let me know what tool I need for the removal. I believe the cranks are the FC-1055 model so is the tool I need the JIS puller? Also what procedure/tool is required for the bb removal? Can't wait to get started on the restoration.

My plans: Strip and Paint UNC Light Blue, polish and grease components, White wrap and saddle, Road platform pedals.

The wheels are Mavic MA2 so I'm keeping them. I started off on the fixed gear scene but I am ready to work on my first geared classic bike. Any guidance will be greatly appreciated.

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Assuming that it's the original crank, it's pretty much GOT to be JIS/square taper. Easiest way to tell is to remove one of the crank bolts. You'll be able to see the end of the axle, and it'll be obvious what kind of bb you're dealing with.

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Thanks for the heads up looks like I'll be picking up the JIS Crank puller tool CCP-2C..Now what tool do I need for the BB? BB stuff is chinese to me.
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BB stuff is chinese to me.
This might help a bit...
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I noticed that my frame, pictured in my last post, has a small draping finger like thing coming down near the top lug on the head tube. It seems odd to me that the other frames I've seen of this model don't have it. Are there any other brand frames that have that kind decoration?
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