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Old 04-09-10, 10:32 AM
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Old 'Shimano' bikes

I've seen a few bikes that appear to be of the make Shimano, I don't mean the components on them although they are generally Shimano too but the frame themselves have the brand Shimano. I presume that these are not made by 'The Shimano' bicycle components giant of the world but by someone else. Am I right? What is the quality of these bikes like? They generally don't seem to be upto much but I've seen one with a nice group and don't know whether to ditch the frame and keep the components or restore the bike to it's former glory....

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Old 04-09-10, 10:50 AM
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Old 04-09-10, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Telsun View Post
I've seen a few bikes that appear to be of the make Shimano, I don't mean the components on them although they are generally Shimano too but the frame themselves have the brand Shimano. I presume that these are not made by 'The Shimano' bicycle components giant of the world but by someone else. Am I right? What is the quality of these bikes like?
Yep you are right. The bike could have been made by any manufacturer and has had the Shimano name stuck on it. It may be a user applier decal or it might be a show bike where Shimano would order a frame, cover it in their decals and stuff and put their equipment on it to show it off.

The quality could be good, could be crap...only way to tell is to look at the frame and evaluate it....materials, build quality, etc.
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There were also some show bikes that Shimano had built to show off their stuff at trade shows and such. I've seen a couple, usually painted blue with green to catch the Shimano colors of the time. Eventually these bikes made their way into private hands. Not sure of the quality of the frames they used, but they are certainly a fairly rare thing if you have the real thing.
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