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Sekai Bicycle History

1977 Gary Fisher Review

Sekai is Japanese for “the world.” This was another mass produced 1970s Japanese import with a good reputation and a line from department store level to high end racers.

Mark Pringle road a Sekai to victory in the US Nationals in 1975. (forums.roadbikereview.com/blog.php?do=showjournal&j=39)

The higher the model number, the better the bike. Most frames used Tange tubing.
400 – Tange, high carbon, plain gauge tubing; 26.0mm seat post; cottered cranks, Dia-Compe center-pull brakes; Shimano Lark (rear) and Thunderbird (front) derailleurs with stem shifters. This is on par or just above your run of the mill department store bargain buy.
500 - Tange, high carbon, plain gauge tubing; 26.0mm seat post; alloy cranks; SunTour Honor (rear) and Spirt (front) derailleurs; Dia-Compe center-pull brakes.
1000 Sprint (early 80s) - Tange, hi-tensile, single butted tubing; 26.2mm seat post; SunTour Seven derailleur, alloy bars and stem.
1000 Royal
2000 Super SX (early 80s) - Tange frame, Tange Hi Ten fork, Tange headset, Sugino Gt cranks, SunTour VgT (rear) derailleur, SunTour (front) derailleur, SunTour Perfect 6-speed freewheel, Dia-Compe side-pull brakes, 27 x 1 ¼” Araya alloy rims, Suzue rear hub, SR stem.
2500 Grandtour
4000 Criterium – (1973) Ishiwata tubing possibly until 1975 when Sekai went to mainly Tange.

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