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Old 04-13-11, 06:46 PM
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Old Apollo Deelite ID?

I just picked up an Deelite Apollo on craigslist and was wondering if anyone could help me ID it.

It has the Fred Deeley "Deelite" front badge and decal on the seat post but it doesn't seem to have a model name on it anywhere. The only thing it says on the top tube is "Ten Speed".

It has Dia Compe Brakes and Suntour Shifters like the MK IIs but without the branding I have no idea. The serial Number is MA00651.

Any ideas? Model? Year? Anything?

I want to figure out what this mystery bike is before I start swapping stuff out

https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...y/IMG_2803.jpg

https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ront-plate.jpg

https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...pollo-logo.jpg

https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ck-sticker.jpg

https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...y/tenspeed.jpg

Thanks for any ideas you guys have.

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Old 04-14-11, 03:34 AM
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Apollo bikes, of Japanese origin, were built by Kuwahara, I believe, and imported into Canada by Fred Deeley, on the west coast.

The one you show is an early example. Though I have owned one, and seen a few others, I really do not know too much about them.

The Apollo improved, over the years, finally offering some pretty nice machines. Many, such as the Sport 10, or 12, were of entry level nature. Others, like the Custom Sport, Club Sport and Grand Sport. The nicest one I have owned had to be the Apollo Gran Touriste, a really well made and beautiful to behold touring bike. Wish I still had it...
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It appears to have forged rear drops, which is a good thing, but the lugs are a little cheesy and the components appear lower end. for an initial read on the tubing quality measure the OD of the seatpost, then get back to us with that. (You'll need to be accurate within about 0.2mm for the best interpretation)

And I can't tell if the rear wheel is nutted or has a quick release. Some lower/mid-range bikes had the q/r on the front only.

Edit: and you may be able to find some date codes on your components. On the Suntour it will be a two letter code, like "DF".
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Old 04-14-11, 08:42 AM
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It appears to have forged rear drops, which is a good thing,
The drops look to be pressed steel to me. I think this is an entry level model, and predecessor to one like this...

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I had one Deelite, a lower-end version than yours, which I bought on eBay as a frameset, recoiled in horror once it arrived and I saw how heavy it was and sold off locally built as a single speed. Cool headbadge though:





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