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The Enigma of the Suteki

Old 05-14-09, 04:57 PM
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The mixte I bought was like new, except for a couple of dings in the paint - the decals are perfect.
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Suteki Mixte Frame

If anyone is interested, there's one on Chicago Craiglist.

https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/bik/1389221554.html
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Old 09-24-09, 04:59 AM
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Many Suteki here...

I must live near a Suteki graveyard. In my travels I have stumbled across several of these old road bicycles and none have done much to impress me when compared to higher end bikes which I collect. That said...

The bikes all appeared to be well made and cleanly assembled. They were all, and I do mean all, red in color. Most were twelve speeds but two that I found were eighteen speed machines.

Our Bicycles for Humanity group recently held a Yard Sale at our local university and there were two Suteki bikes included in the sale. Both sold quickly for $40.00 each plus what ever kind of donation the student or staff member felt comfortable giving to our cause.

My opinion is that the bicycle would be just great for the person looking for an around town errand or recreational bicycle. They were well made bikes and certainly attractive enough to warrant attention.

I do wish that I had a picture to show of the two Suteki bicycles offered at the sale but both sold very quickly.
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Old 09-24-09, 05:31 AM
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The original ad.
That's better. I was having a real hard envisioning anybody buying these for $499.
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Old 12-25-09, 09:18 AM
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I'm kicking on the Wayback Machine to post this two page excerpt from the 1983 Sears Christmas Catalog.

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Old 12-25-09, 10:14 AM
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Mine is a fixed gear now, but my wife loves her mixte.
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Here is a nearly free Suteki.
Its still out in the shed. Maybe I'll give it away this spring.

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Old 12-25-09, 11:41 AM
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Bought a Suteki some time ago for $40. Doesn't fit the wife or me so I plan to clean it up and flip it.

By the way, Suteki was made by Panasonic.
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Old 12-26-09, 03:58 AM
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I run across Suteki bicycles frequently. In fact, there are a couple of near mint examples of the brand at the Bicycles for Humanity work shop at the moment. I must be honest and say that not one has ever impressed me and I generally pass when offered the opportunity to acquire one.

This is not to belittle the Suteki bicycle by any means.
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Ricohman, what are those frame and fork stickers on your much different Suteki?

All of the others have a different font for decals, and no tubing stickers.
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I saw a pair of these, 3spd, on CL yesterday. I think around Knoxville or Chattanooga
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Here's my Suteki MTB!
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Thank you for the link.
The bike pictured is exactly like the one I just got, including the aluminum bars.
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Thank you for the link.
The bike pictured is exactly like the one I just got, including the aluminum bars.
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Here's a couple pics of a Suteki Track 10 I picked up at a thrift shop recently. 57cm center to center on the seat tube so it would be functionally sized for me if I keep it.

As the OP in this thread mentioned, the Shimano 600 deraileurs really make this an enigma. Then take note that the rear is a bolt-on making it a high end low end option all at once, at least to my thinking.

And sadly the sold by Sears original water bottle sort of started to disintegrate when I tried to remove it from the bottle clamp. That bottle probably has been in that holder for 10+ years untouched.

I'm still debating what to do with this one. And I'm sort of liking those pedals on it. I wonder if I could hammer flatten the attachment flange on a regular set of pedal clips and modify them to work on these pedals.
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For an unknown bike, they do ride really nicely - the 600 shifts better than the modern Sora brifters I had on a lower end bike.

Mine has been retired to the attic for now, and I expect it will be there for a long time - I have no more room for it to be active.
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