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Lotus road bikes?(6 posts)

Lotus road bikes?bm
Aug 28, 2001 2:10 PM
Anyone know anything about Lotus bikes or where I can find out more about them? I would just like to know if it's a good quality bike and worth the money. Someone is trying to sell their 5-6 year old Lotus for $350.
didn't Sears sell them? (nm)DaveG
Aug 28, 2001 4:33 PM
re: Lotus road bikes?Alpedhuez55
Aug 28, 2001 6:01 PM
My first real road bike was a Lotus. It was a Japanese brand that was around in the 80s. They made some nice road bikes that were a good value. I have not seen a new Lotus in about 12 years. My guess it it is older than 5 or 6 years. They may still be making them for other countries.

I think I saw a Lotus Frame at Bulltek Sports but it was a high priced TT frame. I do not think it was the same company.
re: Lotus road bikes?Jofa
Aug 29, 2001 3:29 AM
The Lotus-branded bikes which were around in the 90's were made by, I think, British Eagle, or maybe Claud Butler. Both are budget manufacturers who specialise in 10 speed department store bikes and the like, though I certainly remember some expensive DA / Ultegra bikes appearing, at a premium: I also remember some pretty hefty aluminium scaffolding pipes joining the bits together, and astonishingly lurid colour schemes. I think the phrase is 'style over substance', or, 'all mouth no trousers'. Of course, this is all reliant on my probably poor recollection... the best approach is simply to inspect the bike carefully, or have somebody knowledgable do it. There may be something decent under there.

Also, of course, there was the Carbon-fibre bike made famous by Chris Boardman, which was sponsored by Lotus, and made to a design by Mike Burrows; they were sold to the public as road bikes (with a clumsy mech hanger to allow gears) for a while, made I think in S Africa. They were expensive and heavy, and unpopular as anything but conversation pieces. I doubt it's one of these for 350 however.

Jofa
they made some darned good bikesclub
Aug 29, 2001 5:31 AM
they were around in the 80s, Japanese made, quality stuff with investment cast fittings, some even had chromed lugwork and Columbus tubing. The coolest one was the aero model, all pinched aero shape tubing, speced with the DuraAce AX aero group. I believe their top round-tube model was painted pink with chrome lugs,fork and stays. The posts below about British bikes refer to a totally different bike of the same name.
re: Lotus road bikes?VW
Aug 29, 2001 7:47 AM
I had a Lotus in the mid 80's with Columbus tubing and full Campy Nuovo(sp?) Record components down to the seatpost and headset. Even the frame and fork dropouts were Campagnolo. I think I had the "Competition" model. I bought it new at $800, and it was a lot of bike for the money. Unfortunately, it was stolen from my garage :(.