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Anyone heard of Nissan/Matsui road bikes?(3 posts)

Anyone heard of Nissan/Matsui road bikes?Nigeyy
Mar 30, 2003 7:10 AM
Being an absolute cheapskate, I recently got a free bike which was being thrown out -it now means I can throw out my other "freebie" (really old Fuji, 35 lbs at least!) bike as it is somewhat better, and a considerably better fit. I'm guessing it's got to be at least ten years old.

I'm just interested to see if anyone knows anything about it -it was made by Nissan in Japan (of automotive repute?) and a barely legible name sticker seems to say "Matsui" on the down tube. My guess is that it probably wasn't bad for its day as it does feel much lighter than the old Fuji I had. Interestingly, it has no cable guides on the frame at all, and assuming the components are original, it has all Suntour stuff on, with centre pull brakes. The rear freewheel sounds really nice with good positive clicks and is really smooth.

Yeah, certainly not a great bike, but a step up from what I had, and as I said, a better fit!
20+ YEARS OLDWalter
Mar 30, 2003 8:26 AM
Judging by the centerpull brakes which were considered the better design throughout much of the 1970s and early '80s but were replaced by the older style but improved performance sidepull in the mid1980s your bike is much more than ten years old. Though you could still find centerpull brakes throughout much of the 1980s.

When the bike boom began in the 1970s most of the bikes both low and high line were Euro. The Japanese, primarily Panasonic and Fuji hit the US market in a wave late in the 70s and early 80s and pushed much of the Euro brands out except for the higher lines. I should point out that Schwinn had been using Panasonic for its LeTour line since 74 or so but later the bikes came to the US under Japanese labels. Later in that decade the Japanese currency infated against the dollar and manufacturing switched to Taiwan where it stays still.

Long answer but I'd put your bike somewher between 78 and 82 though I don't recall ever seeing a Nissan bike.

When did Datsun start calling itself Nissan in the US?

BTW those SunTour freewheels were as good as it got regardless of pricepoint back in the FW day.

It fits and the price can't be beat. Enjoy it.
20+ YEARS OLDNigeyy
Mar 30, 2003 3:50 PM
Oh yes, you can see I'm caught in a time warp; ten years ago for me is the early eighties... ;^)

Thanks for the reply. I was cleaning it today, and I think the sticker says "Matsuri" rather than Matsui. I did do a search on google and found one, so I think that's the correct spelling.

From what I can see, the frame is actually pretty nice -certainly not an entry level bike (of its day). Very nicely finished and clean. This will be my new beater/commuter bike.