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Old 07-04-20, 08:45 AM
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Nishiki International 1980


Is this Nishiki International 1980

Just bought this nice bike. All decals gone but nice headbadge. Seller said N-International, but I would like to verify. Looks to be original components, except saddle.
SN: KJ06558 "W"; SP: 26.6 mm All Suntour parts and forged Suntour DOs; Tange stamped on steerer tube;
The reason I questions is that other 1980 N-Inter pics I've seen do not have these features of this bike.
Center pull DC brakes;
2-Top tube side braze-on cable stops;
Rear top bridge on chainstay for brake.

Is this a N-International or another model? Is it Tange Chro-Moly tubing? DB?
Could it be manuf just assembled w/ older tubes?
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Old 07-04-20, 09:01 AM
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Nice looking bike. The seat post diameter will reveal a clue about tubing type.
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Different year obviously, but my 81 has engraved seat stay caps and does not have the rear arched brake cable stop
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Originally Posted by droppedandlost View Post
Different year obviously, but my 81 has engraved seat stay caps and does not have the rear arched brake cable stop
I'd be willing to bet the OP's 1980 is an International as specs could vary considerably from one model year to the next. My Kuwahara built '82 International has quite different components and is all original except for tires. That's a "cheesy" seat cover over the near mint Avocet Touring saddle.


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Old 07-04-20, 11:48 AM
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Traditionally, Nishiki Semi-Pro / Competition on up were double-butted Ishiwata CrMo, whereas the Kokusai / International was plain gauge CrMo, which is consistent with your seat post diameter.

Components look consistent with the model. Fortunately by 1980 they had abandoned the cheapo Sugino Maxy unit.
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Thanks for all to good info. I will call it unanamous it is an International.
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Old 07-08-20, 10:59 PM
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The International model seemed to move up-market around this time, even used some fancy welded-and-brazed lugs for a couple of years in the mid-80's.

The wheelbase shortened and the rims narrowed, the bike became more sporty.

Somehow I took a liking to this older one, put a lot of miles on it even as I had quite a few newer and lighter/nicer bikes available and ready for the road.

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