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Old 04-11-13, 12:11 PM
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tsunoda

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Old 04-11-13, 12:38 PM
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Tsunoda made some Windsor bicycles
didn't they make some Lotus?
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Old 04-11-13, 12:52 PM
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They did make Lotus frames.
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Old 04-11-13, 02:30 PM
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I think they made some of the older nashbar stuff too
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I think Lotus and Tsunada parted ways about 1984. They did nice work, on par with Kuwamaura and Miyate or better. They are still a going concern.
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I thought they parted later than that, but I'm not a subject matter expert, Snyderman is and I'm sure he'll be along!
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T-Mar would also know some facts. (I didn't know any Windsors were built by Tsunoda)
Here's a chance to post a couple pics of one I didn't buy: a Lotus Aero with Shimano AX gruppo.
You can almost read the Tsunoda Aerodynamics decal on the seat stay...pix were not taken by me, so can't help the quality.
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Originally Posted by balindamood View Post
I think Lotus and Tsunada parted ways about 1984....
There was big Yen re-evalution in 1985 that forced many of the USA based brands to search for cheaper bicycle sources. This was the big impetus that started the bicycle manufacturing migration from Japan to Taiwan. In the case of Lotus, they had using a Taiwanese manufacturer, Pacific Cycles, since around 1982/1983 on some entry level models. Circa 1985/1986 they moved the high end models to Italy. The Japanese production appears to have moved from Tsunoda to Yamaguchi at about the same time, for at least a couple of years.

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...I didn't know any Windsors were built by Tsunoda....
I can't say I ever been able to confirm that via serialization, but it would make sense when you consider that Lotus and Windsor were owned by the same family. It would be logical to use a common contractor and garner better pricing though increased volume.
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I have seen enough of these with decals "Made by Tsunoda" and all Japanese parts I am sure they did.

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(I didn't know any Windsors were built by Tsunoda)
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I can't say I ever been able to confirm that via serialization, but it would make sense when you consider that Lotus and Windsor were owned by the same family. It would be logical to use a common contractor and garner better pricing though increased volume.
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