The 1986 Team Japan is a rare bicycle by any standards, and we’re lucky enough to have acquired our second example for the collection. If you are familiar with the Team Japan then you know that the frame was constructed with Columbus SL/SP tubes and that it was equipped with Suntour Superbe Pro components. This example is a bit different. It has a Suntour Superbe Pro headset as well as hubs but the rest of the components have been changed to either Shimano Sante or Shimano 600. At first I wasn’t sure how I would like that but upon riding it, I must say the result is quite nice. I love how these Columbus tubed Panasonics ride, and the addition of classic reliable Shimano components really works well here. Added bonus that Shimano Sante was used for many of the components. The only thing I would do is swap out the cranks and brakes for Sante and then it would be an absolute stunner. Even so, I believe you’ll find it to be rather stunning to look at as it is.

1986 Panasonic Team Japan Specifications:

List Price: $970 approx (1986 dollars)
Frame Size: TJ-856…56 cm
Frame: Columbus SP & SL Cr-Mo double butted tubes, lostwax head and seat lugs, SunTour forged ends and sealed B.B. set.
Fork: Tange Cr-Mo blades, C-2 crown, SunTour forged ends and sealed head set.
Handlebar: SR CTD, Maes alloy
Stem: SR CT alloy
Saddle: Selle Italia Turbo with Strong brand seat post from Japan.
Crankset: Shimano 600 53/42T
Freewheel: Shimano Sante 7-speed 13-23T
Chain: Shimano, 1/2″ x 3/32″ x 108 links
Hubs: SunTour Superbe Pro, sealed bearing 32H
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Sante
Front Derailleur: Shimano Sante
Shifting Lever: Shimano Sante, brazed on down tube mounted.
Brakes: Shimano SLR Alloy side-pull with Shimano BL-L331 SLR Levers
Rims: Mavic MA40, 32h, Super Hard Anodized
Tires: Panaracer Stradius Pro – white 700x23c
Spokes: Stainless 14G
Pedals: Vintage Look Clipless – white
Color: Imperial Red

This bicycle has been sold and is in the hands of a new owner in California!