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Old 03-01-14, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
This is an '87? Back in the early 60's the original Lotus Elan came with a twin-cam. IIRC it was 1800cc, but perhaps only 1600. Still a screamer.
this is the post Oil Embargo model
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Old 03-01-14, 11:33 AM
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Very nice example of a Lotus bike and very well kept up, congrats on finding such a bike, and it's probably rare since I can't recall ever seeing a completely equipped Sugino 75 bike, so I hope you don't throw the parts out to modernize it, or if you do at least keep the original parts so you can put them all back if you decide to ever sell it.
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Wow, nice one!
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
Very nice example of a Lotus bike and very well kept up, congrats on finding such a bike, and it's probably rare since I can't recall ever seeing a completely equipped Sugino 75 bike, so I hope you don't throw the parts out to modernize it, or if you do at least keep the original parts so you can put them all back if you decide to ever sell it.
Thanks, and not to worry about the parts or modernizing. I am thinking of putting a different big chainring on just so I can save the original, but that's about it!

And to everyone, thanks for all the kind words!

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Old 03-01-14, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Beautiful bike! My first new and 'real' bike came down to a Lotus or a Bianchi but something about the store and salesman and the bike tipped the scales to the Bianchi. Always thought the Lotus machines were nice and had good looks though.
Wow, one has to imagine who we would be addressing if that salesman had not helped you make your choice!
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Originally Posted by leaping_gnome View Post
Wow, one has to imagine who we would be addressing if that salesman had not helped you make your choice!
Yeah I could now be Lotus Blossom Babe or something.
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Old 03-01-14, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by zazenzach View Post
when i saw this on fleabay a few weeks ago, somehow I knew it would end up here.

sugino making deraillures just blows my mind. never knew they did that. what's gong on with the crank rings!?!?? they look like carbon fiber!



EDIT: ah nevermind, i went back and saw that they are carbon inlay. pretty neat.
I believe that Suntour and Sugino were part of a Japanese industry group that had a "non compete" agreement. Those derailers were most likely either rebranded Suntours, or post agreement.
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The Sugino 75 derailleurs were made by Suntour. A version of their Superbe Pro.
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Old 03-01-14, 08:50 PM
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Rare bike here, that I didn't know existed. In this condition it's a gem.


The Sugino 75 gruppo is much like a top-level Suntour gruppo, with cranks made by Sugino, brakes made by DiaCompe, and Derailers made by Suntour. Surely the freewheel is also Suntour?
Of course any Sugino hubs would likely be made by Sansin.

Sugino 75-branded parts were track parts, so these derailers, shifters and brakeset are all the more rare.

I've seen Sugino-branded seatposts and the occasional stem which seemed less focused at the hi end.

A house-mate of mine bought a new Lotus bike with pre-index Campag Record parts back in the mid-1980's.
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Originally Posted by WNG View Post
The Sugino 75 derailleurs were made by Suntour. A version of their Superbe Pro.
Interesting, if that's true, and we know Suntour Superbe brakes were made by Dia Comp, then I wonder if the Sugino 75's are also Dia Comp brakes?
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The Sugino 75 group was indeed the work of the Japanese conglomerate, JEX. There's a great page and beautiful photography here on Disraeli Gears, focused on the derailleurs, which were Suntour Superbe Pro - based. Also, here on VeloBase there are details of all the parts of the group. Most significantly, the pedals, shift levers, brake levers, and the seatpost were all molded from Graphite Reinforced Plastic (GRP), and were all unique to the group. The shift levers used the same micro-ratchet mechanicals as the Suntour Powerlevers, which in my opinion, are just as refined as the Simplex Retrofriction. The seatpost is unobtanium.



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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
This is an '87? Back in the early 60's the original Lotus Elan came with a twin-cam. IIRC it was 1800cc, but perhaps only 1600. Still a screamer.
Like this? They were originally 1558cc, but this one is 1700.
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Originally Posted by leaping_gnome View Post
The Sugino 75 group was indeed the work of the Japanese conglomerate, JEX. There's a great page and beautiful photography here on Disraeli Gears, focused on the derailleurs, which were Suntour Superbe Pro - based. Also, here on VeloBase there are details of all the parts of the group. Most significantly, the pedals, shift levers, brake levers, and the seatpost were all molded from Graphite Reinforced Plastic (GRP), and were all unique to the group. The shift levers used the same micro-ratchet mechanicals as the Suntour Powerlevers, which in my opinion, are just as refined as the Simplex Retrofriction. The seatpost is unobtanium.


Great stuff, thanks for posting. I got those crank & pedals on my first Zieleman, which where replaced with Campy. So now it's boxed up somewhere, but at least now I know something about them. Going to be hard to find the stuff to complete the gruppo though, which would be cool: I think it would look cool on my Allez Epic.
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I just have to chime in again about the awesomeness and super-rarity this bicycle.

Made only for 1987 the Elan 75 was one of three top-of-the-line Lotus racing models (with tubular tires) for the 1987 model year. The Lotus-Cinelli Supreme with Super Record (made in Italy), the Lotus Prestige with Shimano Dura-Ace and the Elan 75.

The serial number configuration on the Sugino 75 leads us to believe it was made by Yamaguchi.

I've been aggressively following and documenting Lotus bikes since the early 2000s (and a fan since 1980) and this is one of only four Elan 75 bikes I've ever seen. The serial numbers on leaping_gnome's Elan 75 and the Elan 75 in my collection are only 47 numbers apart. This is either just a coincidence, or another indication that the bikes were probably made in very low numbers.

For those shopping for a Lotus Elan 75, be aware that Lotus also imported an entry-level Taiwanese Elan around 1982-1984.

The Elan 75 was only available in white with black fade and was one of the first Lotus bikes to feature a fade paint job.

Lotus has quite a few super-rare high-end bikes in their model line, some I have yet to ever see. I'd have to put the Elan 75 in the top five rarest.
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When I say I know of four Elan 75 bikes that exist, unfortunately this is one of them . . .



Elan 75 #2 was a photo found on a web forum:



Elan 75 #3 is in my collection, luckily the owner had saved all the original parts in a box and they came with the bike (bars, stem, pedals, saddle, seatpost, ect). I might have passed on this bike if it didn't still have the original Araya Pro Staff tubular rims and wheels intact. The bike is a little rough.



I also have correspondence through the Lotus website from a gentleman who says he has an Elan 75 in his attic, but he hasn't sent me any photos. That's all I've seen of the Lotus Elan 75 in the last 14 years.

Rare, rare, rare.
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Hello everyone I am new to the forum and have a question . I have an Lotus Elan 75 with the 75 sequino cranks, derailleurs front and back and the headset etc complete. The paint is white with black fade and looks like the one directly above. Unfortunately the wheels on the bike are missing and I want to put it back to original condition if possible what wheels/hubs/casset were on the bike originally along with tires and size. thanks
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