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Panasonic Bicycles. Need some info(6 posts)

Panasonic Bicycles. Need some infocrackmuch
Oct 19, 2001 10:00 AM
I know a person that has either a DX4000 or 5000 for sale but really dont know much about these bikes. Are they good bikes? What should I look for being an older bike? Thanks for all the help.
Fuzzy memoriesBipedZed
Oct 19, 2001 10:52 AM
I spent much of my first years as a bike mechanic in the mid-80s assembling and selling Panasonic road bikes. The shop sold Schwinn, Panasonic, and some fat-tubed weird looking bikes called Cannondales. ;-) Being 16 and before the Internet-era I didn't spend much time researching the bike industry so my knowledge about Panasonic is pretty sketchy. Panasonic bikes were somewhat similar to what Giant brand is today. Compared to the Schwinn bikes at the time, a Panasonic with the same components would cost about 10% less. I never saw another Panasonic after leaving for college in 1988 but at the time almost all bikes where still lugged steel with Shimano/Suntour or Campagnolo components.

Regardless, the Panasonic is probably from the mid to late 80s and is fairly outdated compared to most modern frames in terms of weight and rear dropout spacing. IMO, the most you should pay for something like this is $100 and unless you can't afford anymore than that you'd be much better off finding a bike made after 1993 so you can more easily upgrade to STI shifting.
I had a DX4000 back in the late 80s/early 90s...RhodyRider
Oct 19, 2001 10:57 AM
Equipped with Shimano 105 (pre-STI). Frame was Tange #1, I think, a pretty basic cro-mo tubeset. Kind of flexy, most likely because it was a tall frame (60 cm) and I'm a big guy. Sloping-crown fork, fairly relaxed stage-race geometry. I liked the bike quite a bit, it was a very serviceable entry-level road bike and very comfy and reliable. One warning - I'm pretty sure the vintage of this bike will be the old 7-speed spacing (126 mm?), so if you want to upgrade to a newer 8 or 9 speed STI group, you might be SOL or in for some labor charges. Also watch out for Biopace chainrings with this era of bikes/components.
Biopace- There was a good idea- NOT! (nm)Dave Hickey
Oct 19, 2001 11:28 AM
Got one of their touring modelsMel Erickson
Oct 19, 2001 11:16 AM
Sitting in my basement right now. In fact, you can see a picture of it in ther Photo Gallery, Ride section, second page, Keewenaw photo. Spent many an hour touring on this bike. Great geometry, fair components, mostly Suntour and Sugino. Very comfy standard guage steel framed bike. I agree with the Giant comments. They were an everyman bike but generally well built and moderately but serviceably equipped. Good bang for the buck. I still want to do some touring on it when I get the time.
re: Panasonic Bicycles. Need some infoscottfree
Oct 19, 2001 11:26 AM
Japanese steel bikes from the 80s are almost always good rides, and if the price is right (100 bucks or less) and it's in good shape, go for it.