Hmmm.... a very attractive idea. But do they have the background to build a 62cm randonneuse that will actually work? (Not too many 1.90meter, 82 kg Japanese cyclists, I'd bet.)
Scott "that's 6'3", and 180 lbs" Peterson Bend, OR
> 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.
> 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
> > 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
> > san francisco, ca
> > On 10/28/05, email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >> List:
> >> Anyone heard of Makino from Japan? Are they available in the states?
> > info would be appreciated.
> >> Tom Martin
> >> Oakland CA