Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Nishiki Superbe - 1983?

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Nishiki Superbe - 1983?

Old 03-25-14, 04:56 PM
  #1  
mongol777
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 1,128

Bikes: are all mine

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 179 Post(s)
Liked 38 Times in 21 Posts
Nishiki Superbe - 1983?

As I mentioned in my Falcon thread - I started to look for a donor bike. And found one - it is very hard for me to call it "donor bike" as it is in excellent condition, one owner bike. I never saw (except one thread here) Superbe in such good condition. But Falcon fits me better and it will get majority of parts. As for Superbe - I will hang on to it for now as I like the frame very much.
I believe it is 1983 according to catalogue I found. I did not do a thorough cleanup yet - just a quick wipe. Not a single speck of rust, only plenty of dust. BB is in impeccable like new condition, even grease looks fresh. All the parts came out easy, I saw no evidence of previous owner using the wrong tools and from talking to his son - he is a rider and trusted all maintenance to his LBS. Only two minor things - mismatched tires and dried up hoods (one is a bit ripped)
Frame and fork as pictured with drive side BB cup and headset - 2860 grams.
According to catalogue - 21 inch frame weight was 21lbs and catalogue is right on the money, my luggage scale agree 100%. Weight as I got it - just a hair under 21 lbs.

And after asking question if Cyclone group would be appropriate for my Falcon - I headed over to Disraeli to read up on it. He mentions weight at something around 165g and I can't agree with him, RD weighs absolutely nothing I am very seriously impressed.

Anyway - enough of me talking, full res pictures are here (click on "originals" folder) https://1drv.ms/OSqhio and couple of pics for your enjoyment below:





mongol777 is offline  
Old 03-25-14, 04:58 PM
  #2  
mongol777
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 1,128

Bikes: are all mine

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 179 Post(s)
Liked 38 Times in 21 Posts
Couple more pics


mongol777 is offline  
Likes For mongol777:
Old 03-25-14, 05:07 PM
  #3  
mongol777
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 1,128

Bikes: are all mine

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 179 Post(s)
Liked 38 Times in 21 Posts
Catalogue pics:


mongol777 is offline  
Likes For mongol777:
Old 03-25-14, 05:09 PM
  #4  
mongol777
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 1,128

Bikes: are all mine

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 179 Post(s)
Liked 38 Times in 21 Posts
And as always - I have a question. I am very particular about my brakes - I like a good brake :-) I have no plans to use brake calipers from Superbe at the moment but when that day comes - does anyone sell replacement pads for those? Or my only option is look for NOS on ebay?
mongol777 is offline  
Old 03-25-14, 05:10 PM
  #5  
mongol777
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 1,128

Bikes: are all mine

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 179 Post(s)
Liked 38 Times in 21 Posts
Also - seller told me his Dad paid $1500 for the bike new. Was what MSRP for this bike in 1983 (would love to know Canadian price but if you know what was it in US - please do tell)
mongol777 is offline  
Old 03-26-14, 03:49 PM
  #6  
Hummer
Senior Member
 
Hummer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Rupert's Land
Posts: 984

Bikes: 1981 Raleigh GP, 1985 Norco Bush Pilot, . . .

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 183 Post(s)
Liked 63 Times in 52 Posts
Hey mongol777,

nice pictures of a very nice bike. I took a look at your other pictures and noticed the serial number starts with 'CA'.

This means that the frame was manufactured in 1981, so it is probably a 1981 or 1982 model year.

Here is a thread for a Superbe with a serial number that starts 'CJ', the year before yours.

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...bbietunes.html
Hummer is offline  
Old 03-26-14, 03:57 PM
  #7  
clubman 
Youngman Grand
 
clubman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 8,217

Bikes: roadsters, club bikes, fixed and classic

Mentioned: 118 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2080 Post(s)
Liked 1,433 Times in 926 Posts
Originally Posted by mongol777 View Post
Also - seller told me his Dad paid $1500 for the bike new. Was what MSRP for this bike in 1983 (would love to know Canadian price but if you know what was it in US - please do tell)
That sounds like at least double the price...Japanese bikes were notoriously great value in that period.
clubman is offline  
Old 03-26-14, 03:59 PM
  #8  
mongol777
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 1,128

Bikes: are all mine

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 179 Post(s)
Liked 38 Times in 21 Posts
Originally Posted by clubman View Post
That sounds like at least double the price...Japanese bikes were notoriously great value in that period.
Thank you - that's what I was thinking. I told him MSRP was likely around 800-900 bucks.
mongol777 is offline  
Old 03-26-14, 04:01 PM
  #9  
mongol777
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 1,128

Bikes: are all mine

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 179 Post(s)
Liked 38 Times in 21 Posts
Originally Posted by Hummer View Post
Hey mongol777,

nice pictures of a very nice bike. I took a look at your other pictures and noticed the serial number starts with 'CA'.

This means that the frame was manufactured in 1981, so it is probably a 1981 or 1982 model year.

Here is a thread for a Superbe with a serial number that starts 'CJ', the year before yours.

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...bbietunes.html
That is the thread I was referring to in my OP - thank you, I could not find the link :-)
S/N for mine is CA 02181
mongol777 is offline  
Old 03-26-14, 05:34 PM
  #10  
CO_Hoya 
Señor Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Colorado
Posts: 896
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 231 Post(s)
Liked 175 Times in 98 Posts
Aero Gran-Compe levers in 1983? I did not know that. I thought aero levers were more 1986-7 or so.

I've been thinking of upgrading to aero brake levers on an 1984 touring bike, this implies that it would be period-correct. Not that it really matters, I suppose.
CO_Hoya is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
The MAX
Classic & Vintage
20
07-27-21 01:31 PM
Motopecane
Folding Bikes
23
06-27-20 07:48 PM
norskagent
Classic & Vintage
31
01-29-12 11:13 AM
ilikebikes
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
14
04-23-10 04:50 PM
mykesbykes
Road Cycling
2
03-02-10 08:47 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.