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Old 05-01-08, 04:40 PM
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Panasonic owners? Roll call!

Just doing a bit of a roll-call to see how many of you are out there....

Mine is a 1988 DX-5000 with Tange Prestige and 600 Ultegra group. I bought it new.





Gallery here: http://picasaweb.google.com/scarsgo/1988PanasonicDX5000

My father still has his '88 DX-4000 as well... will post pics of that soon.

Speaking of PICS... here is my scanned Panasonic PICS brochure from 1989 or so.
http://picasaweb.google.com/scarsgo/PanasonicPics

That should break the ice... what Panasonics are the rest of you riding?
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My '88 PT-3500 touring Panasonic isn't nearly as flashy but it is solid and reliable. The frame is Tange 1000. I use it for my daily commute. I actually found it at a pawn shop for $30 but I've probably got $250 in it now.

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Cool PT! I haven't seen one of those since 1988 in the showroom. My DX has been uber reliable over the years as well. Easily more reliable than my modern Pinarello.
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That's a Superbike. What more could one desire. I've been looking for just the right one myself.

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Just doing a bit of a roll-call to see how many of you are out there....

Mine is a 1988 DX-5000 with Tange Prestige and 600 Ultegra group. I bought it new.





Gallery here: http://picasaweb.google.com/scarsgo/1988PanasonicDX5000

My father still has his '88 DX-4000 as well... will post pics of that soon.

Speaking of PICS... here is my scanned Panasonic PICS brochure from 1989 or so.
http://picasaweb.google.com/scarsgo/PanasonicPics

That should break the ice... what Panasonics are the rest of you riding?
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Old 05-01-08, 05:18 PM
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Well, I desired this one but it got away thanks to the seller who despite saying it was mine and scheduling a pick-up date, sold it to someone else the night before. Yet another Craigslist nut-job (there may in fact be a few honest and reliable sellers on CL, but I have met only 1 in the last 10 things I've "attempted" to buy. Blah...)

Panasonic Team Japan with full Suntour Superbe Pro group.





There are actually two vintage Panasonic Aeros here in town. I should try to get some pics of them as they are perhaps the coolest bikes I've ever seen from Panasonic.
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My 71cm DX-2000 frame/fork:



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DX-2000. Garage sale. 15$.
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Originally Posted by ZeRinger View Post
Just doing a bit of a roll-call to see how many of you are out there....

Mine is a 1988 DX-5000 with Tange Prestige and 600 Ultegra group. I bought it new.
Is that made in Taiwan or Japan? Have you any closeup photos of the lugs and bottom of the BB? Looks similar to the Raleigh USA machines.

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Hi Kurt,

I took a couple quick pics for you of the bottom of the BB etc. I am not sure where it was made to be honest. Head tube number is 7K02143

A few pics...















If you want to see anything else just say the word. I can get better photos in daylight tomorrow.


Oh, and the 71cm DX-2000?! WOWZAS that is huge! :-)
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It's made in Japan, according to the last picture!
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The dropout/stay joints, headlugs and BB shell are identical to the Raleigh USA machines. The seat lug does differ, but the other DX models in this thread seem to match the earlier lug. There was a later lug on Taiwanese '86 models, but it is slightly different then that of your DX-5000:



It really is too close to the Raleigh machines to throw to the wind - I'm pretty sure this is a match. Here is a photo of my (former - now Quickdraw's) '86 Raleigh Grand Prix in comparison. This is a Taiwanese model, but you can see the similarity in the finishing of the tube end, which was carried over from the original design on the Japanese-produced examples.

The dropout is a slightly different eyeleted model that I've seen used on the Grand Prix and the post '85 machines, but still similar. I'll have a look at my Japanese made '84 Competition and '84 Super Course in the morning and check the consistency between the Japanese and Taiwanese-made machines.



P.S.: Would you be willing to take some more photos for a separate comparison thread for Raleighs? Doesn't make sense to hijack the Panasonic thread, and it would make more sense to split off into a new discussion.

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Well until I get it cleaned up and flipped, I am the proud owner of an early 80's Panasonic Tourist 3 speed.

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1977 Tourist 10. (AFTER the Front Freewheeling System-don't go there..)
21" Men's Version, very slightly used:





And the matching 19" Women's Version, never ridden. A couple of storage dings, though"




Church auction find, tipped by LBS that they were coming up for sale....

I hope to clean them up and sell them to a couple in my neighborhood.
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1987 DX-4000. Heavily Customized.

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^^^ Nice Machine!!!
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My 1987 Panasonic DX5000.

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Great looking Pana's. I've been after a DX-3000 or better since I lost out on eBay about 2 months ago on a black/yellow fade. Just the frame would do. In my opinion, best paint quality out there, will still look good in 20 more years....
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A neighborhood friend rode one of the old black/yellow fade DX3's back in the day. Speaking of ebay, are any of you bidding on the blue/white DX4000 on there now? If you've got your heart set on it, speak up so I can stop bidding against you. ;-)

DX4k on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...67&mfe=sidebar
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A neighborhood friend rode one of the old black/yellow fade DX3's back in the day. Speaking of ebay, are any of you bidding on the blue/white DX4000 on there now? If you've got your heart set on it, speak up so I can stop bidding against you. ;-)

DX4k on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...67&mfe=sidebar
I really like that, but the standover height doesn't jive with what looks like a 58cm frame. If it was a 56, I'd go fer it.
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I have a 87 DX-4000 I found in the garbage.
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A few pics of the 1988 DX-4000















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A few pics of the 1988 DX-4000
Lucky dog. Pretty DX-4000. As usual, the paint is in great shape.
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A few pics of the 1988 DX-4000

This is what mine looked like before it was gold
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This is what mine looked like before it was gold
Really? Are you sure yours was an 87 then? What number is on your head tube?
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Really? Are you sure yours was an 87 then? What number is on your head tube?
I cant read it anymore. The gold paint covered it over.
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