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Old 10-20-11, 03:19 PM
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Kuwahara MTB questions ???

hey Guys
I just picked this vintage mtb up and I believe its a 1987 .its in great shape but I was wondering what level of quality it is... it does have forged drop outs .
here are some pics of the decals .
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Old 10-20-11, 03:44 PM
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You found yourself a very nice bicycle... the hand built sticker and lack of butted tubes puts what I believe to be an "Aries" into the second tier of mid eighties Kuwahara production as the top tier bikes had triple and quadruple butted tubesets and a slightly higher parsts spec.

Will guess that the chainstays exit the bottom bracket and bend outwards and then end with Suntour dropouts... if this is the case do check the rear dropouts for cracks as some were prone to this.
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Old 10-20-11, 03:57 PM
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thanks Sixty Fiver
I check the rear dropouts and there like new no cracks . this bike also has the U-brake and can stop on a dime ! the grouping is a Exage Trail and runs very smooth . I dont think this bike was used very much for a 1987 bike its in good shape !and yes it is a Aries ..
Thanks again for the info!
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Exage Trail is kind of basic, but the frame is pretty good.

Nutted rear axle also a sign of lower end. I wonder where you are located, as my wife passed on an identical bike last week at a thrift store.

Now I see the location, no, she wasn't in BC last weekend...

+1 To below, MTBs clung to nutted rear axles longer than the better road bikes.

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Was your wife in Penticton, BC last week?
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Exage Trail is kind of basic, but the frame is pretty good.

Nutted rear axle also a sign of lower end.
A good number of very nice Kuwaharas came with nutted axles on high flange cartridge bearing hubs which I consider to be some of the nicest factory wheels I have ever seen... they are all laced 36/4 and there was a second tier wheel set with conventional high flange hubs that were also laced 36/4 with nutted axles.

These pre-date the Aries by a few years.

Exage is a nice solid group... with few miles on the bike one could expect to get a good number of miles out of that drivetrain.
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Exage Trail was the lowest of the three Exage groups, at least from what I understand. Like any of the Shimano stuff, it should be quite servicable and operate well. Sheldon puts the Exage Trail somewhere between Acera-X and Alivio.

What is the tubing sticker on the fork say?

For a bike from that era, condition is everything, and the condition looks excellent. I really like the yellow fork and stem. Sharp!

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here is a pic of the front fork sticker! thanks again for the great info!!
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My friend owned one of these and used it as his winter / utility bike for many years until he passed away... and now it is serving the same function in Minnesota as we sent it and his other bikes to his family.
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Thats was my plan .. this will be my winter bike !
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Thats was my plan .. this will be my winter bike !
I lived in Penticton for many years (up on Vancouver hill)... what is this winter you speak of ?

A few cm of snow in January ?

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Ya I love it here.. I can bike all year round!!! I ride up Vancouver hill almost daily its a great work out !!
I guess you have been to the Bike Barn then ??? I found some nice deals there !
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Penticton is an awesome place. I spent a weekend there in 1993. It was cold as hell but no snow. We actually drove up to the ski area near there and they were running snow making all over that little hill.

One of these days I'll have to get back up that way. Spend at least a night there en route to Glacier and Banff.
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