For sale here the storied 3Rensho I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. Much as I hate to part with it, it's really a size too big for me, for an 80s frame, and so, it's going.
Details and picture links below. $950 shipped in CONUS via FedEx ground
Early 80s 3Rensho with beautiful long-point lugs delicately filed. Team pearl-blue. The paint is in like-new condition throughout, a couple of tiny chips here and there, if that. Graphics are all in good shape except for a bit of flaking in a couple of spots: the graphics were not clear-coated for some unaccountable reason, and they are in amazing shape, considering.
57cm c-t seat-tube; 56cm c-c top-tube.
Tange tubing, and what's super-cool is, the seat-stays are aero-shaped! Very neat.
If this were a 55 or a 56cm c-t I'd keep it, but, as it is, it's a little big for me, for an 80s frame, and so, it's yours.
This would have been purchased as a bare frame and built up. This one is built up in semi-aero fashion, with Araya hard-anodized aero sew-up rims; Suntour Superbe hubs (the hub bearings are good, but could use a re-build before riding)--these are very light, high-quality wheels;
Avocet aero-style cranks; MKS Esquartz aero-pedals; beautiful pro-quality aero seatpost (maker's name not visible) Huret Jubilee derailleurs; Nitto Technomic deluxe stem and Cinelli 66-40 bars; gorgeous Dura-Ace headset, and aero-style Dura-Ace dt shifters;
and, my favorite feature, Dia-Compe Royal Gran Compe brakes and matching levers and hoods. These are similar to the Superbe brakes of the same era, but I think the folks at Dia-Compe tweeked their brakes a bit over the Superbes..these brakes are almost as delicate as modern double-sprung brakes, and they stop significantly better than Superbe or Campagnolo, in my opinion. Delicate and powerful brakes, that's for sure.
This bike is also, unaccountably, quite fast. I had it out on a Wheelman ride recently, during which we climbed a fairly long, steep canyon, and the bike seemed to carry me up the hill without me doing much of anything at all. I even beat a guy who normally dusts me. It climbs as well or better than anything else I've pushed up a hill, vintage or modern. And the bike is like a Derby horse in the final stretch on the flats. It's pretty light for 1982 vintage iron. Probably around 21 lbs give-or-take a pound.
I don't know if the aero features on this frame were standard, or if this is a rarity. Either way, a 3Rensho bike in this condition isn't very common at all, and this one is a prime specimen of the breed. Can you tell I don't like selling it? I don't.
But, it's too big for me, and I have other projects calling, so, you get some great iron. Reserve is reasonable, and I'll throw in a nice 10 or 11cm aero-style Cinelli stem I know I have around here somewhere.
Please e-mail me with any questions, or if you have trouble with the picture links. Payment by personal check, mo, or Paypal is fine. MO preferred, but as you like.