Not to mention the Fuji Finest, Newest and Ace. Not one non-Japanese piece on those bikes IIRC. I think Japanese classic bikes are much underrated. Most likely it is because, other than Miyata, they never supplied the European peleton with frames, and there were no notable Japanese road riders. A bit odd we've not seen some Japanese international riders on the road. Smaller stature really isn't much of a handicap in cycling, except in road sprinting. And there are plenty of Japanese larger than some of the diminutive Italian climbers.
Jerry Moos Houston, TX
David Ross <email@example.com> wrote: Isn't Japan being a little bit overlooked here? At least later in the CR period, say '77 - '84. You could put together a mighty nice '81 Zunow or 3Rensho (not to mention many others) with a complete Suntour Superbe or Shimano group, Araya rims, Panaracer tires... many other choices for a complete Japanese build.
Portola Valley, CA