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My Lotus Elan 75

Old 07-22-19, 05:15 AM
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That bike is staggering
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Old 07-22-19, 12:57 PM
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AWESOME!

Your front brake is not properly set up.

The cable housing is not properly seated in the barrel adjuster. It should go INSIDE and seat fully.

The quick release is in the up position. This position is only for when you want to release the wheel, not for normal use.

Rotate the lever to the down position, seat the cable housing in the adjuster. You'll almost certainly need to re-adjust the brake cable clamp after those two changes.

Your rear brake has the same problems.

You should fix both. Brakes are important,... very important.
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Old 07-22-19, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Bad Lag View Post
AWESOME!

Your front brake is not properly set up.

The cable housing is not properly seated in the barrel adjuster. It should go INSIDE and seat fully.

The quick release is in the up position. This position is only for when you want to release the wheel, not for normal use.

Rotate the lever to the down position, seat the cable housing in the adjuster. You'll almost certainly need to re-adjust the brake cable clamp after those two changes.

Your rear brake has the same problems.

You should fix both. Brakes are important,... very important.
Thanks. yeah I’ll be making those changes. Had the wrong Ferrules installed as a previous post mentioned .
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Old 07-22-19, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Your frame was the 2067th built during August 1986 by a Japanese company company called Yamaguchi, who was was the prime contract builder for Lotus at the time. Circa 1986-1988 they built most of the Lotus models. They also did contract manufacturing for a number of other companies including but not limited to Norco, Sakai, Sekai and Shogun.
Very cool! Thanks for the info!
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Old 07-22-19, 05:14 PM
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From my ride today
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Old 07-23-19, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
Wow, bike is in time capsule condition. I have (for the time being) an Elite 600 from about that time, again named for its component series (mostly Shimano 600). Not nearly as clean as yours. They were some handsome, finely made bikes, however.

Why is your rear brake release open?
Would love to see pics of your elite 600

yeah break release was open by mistake. Fixed it

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Old 07-23-19, 10:05 PM
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Found my dad’s old catalog
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Old 07-24-19, 07:55 AM
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Gorgeous ride! I didn't know Sugino made derailleurs and even carbon fiber shifters, wow!
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Old 07-24-19, 03:35 PM
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Gorgeous ride! I didn't know Sugino made derailleurs and even carbon fiber shifters, wow!
I'm pretty sure the Sugino shifters and derailleurs were rebranded SunTour components.
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Old 07-24-19, 04:07 PM
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I'm pretty sure the Sugino shifters and derailleurs were rebranded SunTour components.
Yes I believe the derailers are the suntour superbe pro model fd-2060 just branded for Sugino. I don’t think the shifters were though. Haven’t seen anything like them.
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Old 07-25-19, 01:18 PM
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Makes sense, didn't they operate as a consortium of sorts with Dia Compe against Shimano?
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Originally Posted by Primitive Don View Post
Makes sense, didn't they operate as a consortium of sorts with Dia Compe against Shimano?
Yes.

The JEX group consisted of Dia Compe, HKK, Maeda-SunTour, Nankai, Sugino, and Taihei. The JEX members agreed not to compete with each other's products. This turned out to be a liability in the 1980s when the market turned to gruppos. When SunTour sold gruppos, they bought the other components from their JEX partners. By this time, Shimano was a much larger company with a much broader sales base.


This is from a page called Sunset for SunTour.
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Originally Posted by Primitive Don View Post
Makes sense, didn't they operate as a consortium of sorts with Dia Compe against Shimano?
The break calipers I believe are Dia Compe royal 400 rebranded for Sugino 75
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Old 07-27-19, 10:05 AM
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Now it's time to get a touring bike so you can free your beautiful stallion of that rack
Alright I decided to free the stallion of the bike rack and go with a small saddle bag. Feels a lot lighter
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