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Frame / Serial Number
Frame Tubing
Tange Cr-Mo Aero tubes, Shimano short fork ends
Frame size
58 cm
Paint Color
Pearl White
Handlebars / Stem
Light Alloy, Maes / Light alloy, Dura Ace AX
Fork / Headset
Tange Cr-Mo, Aero 25, forged Shimano fork ends
Wheel Hubs
Shimano Dura Ace AX
Wheel Rims
Araya Aero 700c
Crankset / Bottom Bracket
42/52T Dura Ace AX, forged alloy cotterless
Saddle / Seat Post
Ariake Nu-Buck Aero with Dura Ace AX seat post (saddle pictured is a Selle Italia. Final is yet TBD)
Pedals / Chain
Dura Ace AX, DD Pedal, light alloy with reflector
Shifters / Derailers
Dura Ace AX
Brakes / Brake Levers
Shimano Dura Ace AX, alloy center-pull, with hooded levers
Gearing / Chainring
13/23T Dura Ace AX, 7-speed
Other Notes
It is hard to believe that this bike is in fact as old as it is. The Tange Aero tubing was certainly ahead of its time… aero right down to the seat post tube. This bicycle is a real engineering marvel and it shows just what Panasonic was capable of during the early eighties. The frame shown here appears to have been built in 1983. One of the Panasonics I always liked were the old AR-6000 Aero models. They came about at a time when Aero was a bit of a craze in the cycling world and were fitted with the unique Dura Ace AX part group. This particular bike was brought to my attention by the mechanic at my old Panasonic dealership in Clear Lake, Iowa. The previous owner (Ryan) really loved the time he spent with the bike although an upcoming move to Florida prompted him to sell it. It has had at least two or three owners prior to it coming into my hands and it will need a little work to be brought back to prime condition. It has most certainly seen better days but have no doubt it can be saved. I have been wasting no time hunting down a few of the missing parts I need for it as well. I have a NOS drive side crank to replace the scratched original piece, some replacement brake hoods, Panaracer gum wall tires, and a Dura Ace AX rear derailleur. I also just managed to get a pair of NOS original aero water bottles on ebay. Oddly enough, I had been bidding on another one there that wound up selling for $143.50 plus $9.95 shipping! Unbelievable! Much to my amazement, I just happened to stumble across another pair of NOS bottles just like it with a buy it now price of $25 each. I bought them and then noticed two more with the same buy it now from the same seller so I snapped them up as well. I wanted two for myself and planned on offering the other one to another local AR-6000 owner. The last one would be offered up to someone on in the even someone was in need of that specific bottle for a restoration. Well, as it turns out, the seller (Chris of Alpha Bicycles in Vista, CA) called to inform me he had mistakenly listed four instead of just two. He was apologetic and offered a refund or asked if there was anything else I was in need of. As it turned out, I needed a Dura Ace AX rear derailleur and he just happened to have one which he offered to me in place of the other pair of water bottles. I love it when things work out like that! I’m looking forward to stripping the bike down and getting it ready for paint in the upcoming months. See it here: A 1982 example can be viewed here:
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