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Just to Make the Weekend Grand - Lotus Odyssey

Old 03-02-14, 07:05 PM
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Just to Make the Weekend Grand - Lotus Odyssey

This weekend was quite cool...I finally got a Raleigh Super Course...and...to add to it, I got a Lotus Odyssey in almost mint condition. I have never seen one of these...and bought it as a possible flip...but...have decided it belongs in my stable...so, here it is...

I have not been able to find out a whole lot about it...even doing searching, etc here...so any insights would be appreciated.

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Old 03-02-14, 07:23 PM
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Very nice bike there weren't a lot of these touring models made so you likely won't find a lot of info. The Odyessy was close to the top of Lotuses lineup. This one looks to be from the early 80's.
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Yes - early 80s, before they were really tourers and had hit their stride. These were a bit odd...sort of sports tourer'ish. I like the color.
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Best I can determine, it is a 1980...after that they had braze on's for a water bottle holder...and...Aaron, I agree...the colors are quite striking...
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Originally Posted by daf1009 View Post
I have not been able to find out a whole lot about it...
Really?

https://vintagelotusbicycles.com/Odyssey.html

What would you like to know?

That's an early first-generation Odyssey, probably what I'd consider 1980 1/2. A head tube badge and water bottle bosses would be added on the later versions (1981) and the earlier (1980) models lacked the spoke guard and the Mylar seat tube decals among other things.

The color is called Pearl Orange and was only used on the Odyssey and only from 1980-1983. Other colors were Silver and Ivory.

The Odyssey was their top model (from 1980-1982) with clincher tires. The Competition, Supreme and Super-Pro all were considered racing bikes and came with sew-ups.

Like Aaron said, the first-generation Odyssey was more of an sport-touring bike and wouldn't evolve into a full-touring model until 1983. The first-generation Odyssey shares frame details and Ukai rims with the Lotus Legend, I consider it an "extended gear Legend".

A new Odyssey cost around $500.00 back in 1980-ish.

An interesting bike as Lotus designed it with an assortment of different components and mixed Suntour, Sugino, Sunshine, and Shimano 600 parts.

It was the only 18-Speed bike Lotus offered until 1983.

The two-color Lotus flower decals were unique to the Odyssey. Other Lotus bikes didn't have the gold fill in the flowers.

My daily rider is a 1981 Pearl Orange Odyssey, completely stock except for the saddle, and I consider it the perfect bike for it's use. It's given me zero problems over many thousands of miles.

Also interesting is that the bike has Suntour derailleurs, but most bikes we've documented came with a Shimano Uniglide chain. Old-school parts functionality and design.

Your bike looks to be in great shape, the Pearl Orange is prone to fading. I can't tell exactly from the photos, but I suspect the seatpost and handlebar/stem may not be original? The Odyssey had a huge sweep to the handlebar. Cable housings were originally grey/silver. Kashimax Super-Pro was Lotus' saddle of choice.

Overall, a super bike.
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I'm partial to orange in general and this one is a beaut. I have a thing for Lotus and this one is a good example of why.
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love the combination of orange and blue. so awesome. congrats!
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