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3Rensho bikes from the '80's.(6 posts)

3Rensho bikes from the '80's.tmguy
Jan 26, 2002 5:48 PM
Any one else own one of these? I have a Katana with 7400 series Dura Ace (what else?) circa. 1987, that I bought while living in Japan and racing with their club (the Asa-ren; morning practice). Beautiful lugged frame, fully chromed, "super end" wax loss lugs and fork crown, designed by Yoshi Konno and hand brazed by Makino-san. When they messed up my order Konno-san himself gave me his newest frame built for him. Would love to hear from other owners out there.
re: 3Rensho bikes from the '80'
Jan 26, 2002 7:02 PM
Don't own but am familiar with the marque. Everything I've heard has been positive. Have seen a few frames pop up on eBay. May take the plunge someday.

I heard the builder was paralyzed in an auto accident and that there will be no more?
re: 3Rensho bikes from the '80's.tmguy
Jan 26, 2002 9:19 PM
Builder is still alive and well building 3Rensho frames and frames under his own name, "Makino." The president of the company, Yoshi Konno, the heart and soul of the bike, I believe was injured in an accident. He and I were good friends and I am sorry to have lost touch with him. I still have his address and should try to re-connect. He, his family and the rest of the members of his shop and club were very good to me while I lived in Japan.

I should send the frame to CyclArt for a paint job. I think they painted some of the frames sold here in the U.S.
re: 3Rensho bikes from the '80's.fuzzybunnies
Jan 26, 2002 7:51 PM
Kinda own one. My parkpre was bought custom from 3rensho as a team bike and was painted else where. So the heart of the bike is 3rensho but for now it remains a parkpre. Russ
re: 3Rensho bikes from the '80's.PJ
Jan 27, 2002 2:18 PM
I own a Katana that I picked up cheap ($300) last year without knowing anything about the brand. Managed to track down a couple of old brochure scans and photographs and was surprised at the pedigree of the machine.

Exceptional build quality. Not lightweight, but very stiff whilst retaining comfortable ride characteristics.

Apparently the lugs were highly sought after by frame builders, particularly for their unique socket design.

Paintwork is delicate and prone to chipping, though considering the age of the machine I cannot complain.
3Rensho bikesDuke249
Jan 27, 2002 5:11 PM
I was just in Madison, WI this past Saturday for the swapmeet and stumbled across a shop on State Street called The Yellow Jersey. They had quite a few 3Rensho frames/complete bikes for sale along with all kinds of other good stuff. Good looking frames. Excellent road shop.