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1971 American Eagle (Nishiki)

This is a late 1971 or early 1972 American Eagle Semi-Pro. These bikes were later rebranded Nishiki Semi-Pro and ultimately Nishiki Competition. The American Eagle Semi-Pro was arguably the first halfway decent mass-produced bike exported from Japan to the United States. The frame was built by Kawamura, who was building high quality framesets until the late 1980s.

Frame:
Double Butted Cromoly by Ishiwata. Forged dropouts with claw derailleur hanger (see more info section).

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Sakae/Ringyo (SR) 144 bcd

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Suntour VxGT / Suntour Symmetric

Handlebars/Stem:
Sakae/Ringyo (SR)

Saddle/Seatpost:
New Age vintage reproduction / Sakae/Ringyo (SR)

Brakes:
DiaComp Center Pull

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Wolber Gentleman / Clinchers/700-25

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Wolber Gentleman / Clinchers/700-25

More Info:
Surprisingly light at 22.4 pounds. Many things changed during the cycling boom of the seventies; some of us go back farther than that. Some younger folks think a frame with a claw type derailleur hanger to not be worth having, much less restoring. I see it differently. Until the early seventies, it was not uncommon to see quality frames, made from double butted tubing (Reynolds, Columbus and others) with a claw type derailleur hanger. Of course, the very best frames did have nice forged dropouts with integral derailleur hangers. A nice frame with a Simplex dropout was perfect for French derailleurs, like Simplex, but not Campagnolo. Campagnolo dropouts had a different hanger, hence no Simplex derailleurs for them. Unknown to our younger brethren, derailleur hangers were not standardized until maybe the late seventies. Mid level frames, often with nice tubing and lugs, needed to be less specialized. One never knew which derailleur the marketing types might specify; if built for a claw, anything worked. The Japanese seem to have practiced this a bit longer than the rest; perhaps being cautious. Dropouts for claw hangers often were nicely made, forged, with a raised surface for the axle slot.

Added by OldRoadieTehachapi. Last updated 9 months ago.

2 Comments

v8powerage

v8powerage says:

As an ass man I like double butted frames.

Posted 9 months ago

GhostRidingTheWhip

GhostRidingTheWhip says:

+1

Posted 9 months ago