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Bare naked...hayaku
Oct 20, 2002 4:01 AM
No bare naked girls or boys but...

Here's a sneak preview of my new bike!

It was made by one of Japan's best frame makers and unfortunately the price tag shows that. It's made of steel, if you look at the thickness of the down tube and the chain stays you can tell that it's going to be stiff, stiff, stiff.

However it is only 2.15kg (4.73lb)for the frame and fork. My litespeed Ultimate is 2.10kg (4.62lb)with a Time millenium fork so it is not a great deal lighter.

The "Pearl white" is really nice up close, it shines pinks and greens like the name badge. It has internal cableing through the top tube which is nice.

I'll post a picture with some gear on it when I can.
very sexySpirito
Oct 20, 2002 4:27 AM
that is one light lugged rig.

pearl is a color that takes on many shades. enjoy the build and PLEASE post lots of pics when built and some closer details of the frame.

tell us more of the builder - im fascinated and truly appreciate what some custom builders in japan are making - they walk over anything built from steel in Italy right now and have done for quite some time. sadly we see very few of them.

Here's the internet sitehayaku
Oct 20, 2002 5:56 AM

You can't read much if you don't have a Japanese OS but if you click around for long enough you may find the set of pics he's got on there.

The builder has a rep for being stubborn, still making lugged steel frames and all. There are no Carbon backs in his line up, no carbon forks and he sticks with Shimano, even when most of the other manufacturers go with Campy on their top models for the "Exotic" look. He used a Campy head set on my frame though.

I have ridden a friend's Nakagawa frame and it is the most responsive bike I've ever felt. It just feels like magic. I really don't know too much more, but when I get it built up I'll post more detailed pics so you can see for yourself.

Ahh, what a complement from the Don of style on this board, thank you Spirito.
Here's the internet sitedivve
Oct 20, 2002 9:50 AM
I have the Japanese fonts installed....still can't read it, but I like the guy's style:)
Oh, wait...divve
Oct 20, 2002 9:52 AM
You can translate it pretty well here:
Oct 20, 2002 7:08 AM
Outstanding looking rig! I'm jelous, big time!

Do you know what tubeset is used? The chainstays look a little like Max but based on the overall weight, I'm guessing Max is not used throughout.


I'll get that info asap.hayaku
Oct 20, 2002 4:18 PM
The builder is known for using Max but apparently there was some trouble with his tubing supplier so it could well be that there is a mix, intentional or not...

I don't have any of the details yet but I'll get them and post more, with additional photos of details. I love the fork, it is a piece of art.

Until next time.
Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nmrwbadley
Oct 20, 2002 10:01 AM
Oct 20, 2002 10:18 AM
Its ironic how the bare frame is labelled "bare naked" and the porn is "a picture for all you Cannondale lovers". I won't even get into the frame getting more beautiful comments...

The girl on the Cdale ain't all that....Walter
Oct 20, 2002 11:38 AM
beautiful frame though.
Agreed... more irony in title of topics (nm)PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Oct 20, 2002 1:03 PM
Nan Desu Ka?farmerfrank
Oct 20, 2002 12:47 PM
Great looking frame. The last frame from Japan that I rode was a Zunow frame. The bold colors were pretty wild along with the funny sayings on the top tube. "Fly forward with Hummingbird." Anyway do you have any sources for jerseys from Japan?
Oct 20, 2002 4:27 PM
Yea there's a Zunow frame in my LBS and it is B.R.I.G.H.T.
The Japanese try so hard with English, sometimes it just doesn't work out though.

What kind of Jerseys are you after? The only ones I have seen in shops are Pro Team Jerseys.

Sorede, Ma-ku.
Oct 20, 2002 7:30 PM
Looking for Japanese logo or LBS jerseys. Since I'm Sansei (third generation) it would be nice to have something that pertains to my Japanese descent. Humourous or whatever.
Oct 20, 2002 10:52 PM
There are thousands of humorous T-shirts writen in English but... all of the cycling stuff is made to look European, no experimentation.

The Japanese national team jearsey is beautiful but I don't know where to buy it from here, much less mail order. I'm afraid I can't be much help to you sorry, but I'll keep my eye out.

By the way, just two days ago I was taught nisei, sansei and you reminded me.
Now it has been learnt... kamoshirenai.

Arigato, ma-ku.
I cannot wait to see how she is dressed uprengaracchi
Oct 20, 2002 2:27 PM
Please do report how the bike rides. I love steel bikes and want a 3Rensyo or a Nakagawa like yours some day.....
re: Bare naked...pinarello1
Oct 21, 2002 2:27 AM
Sugoku kireii da ne!!tmguy
Oct 21, 2002 7:55 AM
WOW! Gorgeous! Please post more pics as it gets built. People forget about the Japanese frame builders. The art and passion that they put into their frames is has its own mystique. My 15 year old 3Rensho (bought in Japan) still rides beautifully and inspires many a memory. AHHH natsugashii!

Shimano Dura Ace is perfect for such a ride.

re: Bare naked...aliensporebomb
Oct 21, 2002 9:36 AM
That's one classy piece of equipment. Attention to detail
is definetely something the Japanese excel at. Nice bike.

I'd like to see it built up now.