[CR]Japanese frames

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Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 18:10:23 -0700 (PDT)
From: cmartell@ucsd.edu
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Japanese frames


The sudden interest on Japanese frames is mind boggling. I have a custom Kalavinka by Akio Tanabe. Very clean, very nice. But very straight forward investment cast lugs and bottom bracket with Vertical mill mitering. Their conception of a frame is very different than the one here in the US. Their prices are also very different: you can get a frame from master craftsmen like Cherubim (Konno's Brother), Makino, Vivalo, Kalavinka, and Nagasawa for about $1400.00 (NJS). I suspect that when they add the hours for frame construction they can come up with a fair price, their market is very different also (keirin racing etc.). The same goes for TOEIs. Their basic frame (sans racks) is $1200.00. All of these makers can ship to the US.


carlos martell San Diego, Califas.

ps. Some makers take internet orders. So go direct to the source.

> they're a well-respected keirin builder. there are a few folks here in san francisco who ride their frames, and what i've seen has been very nice.
> don't know if they're availble in the states, the ones i've seen came from e-framebank.com, but they're not shipping overseas right now. galen pewtherer
> san francisco, ca
> On 10/28/05, fatcogtom@comcast.net <fatcogtom@comcast.net> wrote:
>> List:
>> Anyone heard of Makino from Japan? Are they available in the states? Any
> info would be appreciated.
>> Tom Martin
>> Oakland CA