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1980 Apollo Criterium

A Craigslist rescue which has been restored in earnest. Sold to me by a nice man named Carlos who used the money for beer. Was evidently exposed to the elements (sunlight?) by a moron of a previous owner - decayed brake hoods, UV-damaged decals and bone-dry brake shoes could attest, to say nothing of the dry-rotted Cheng Shin tires. Most Apollos are wretched bike-shaped objects, but this one is not. Despite being a made-in-Hong Kong model - and therefore not a re-badged Kuwahara like much of Apollo's product line - it was one of their higher-end bikes circa 1980. I saw its potential, and I made sure to do it justice. It now enjoys a new life as an exceptionally-comfortable and well-equipped commuter bike.

Frame:
Tange Champion № 2

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Sugino Mighty Competition / Shimano UN-26 68 × 113mm

Pedals:
Suntour Vx

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Suntour Perfect

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Suntour Cyclone (GT) / Suntour Vx

Handlebars/Stem:
Sakae Road Champion

Saddle/Seatpost:
Velo Orange Model 6 / Sakae two-bolt (Campagnolo Nuovo Record style) 26.8mm

Brakes:
Dia-Compe Gran Compe / Dia-Compe G / Kool Stop Continental

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Araya 16A 27 × 1¼ / Suzue high flange / Panaracer Pasela 27 × 1¼

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Araya 16A 27 × 1¼ / Suzue high flange / Panaracer Pasela 27 × 1¼

Accessories:
Fizik Microtex Brown Honey handlebar tape / Cane Creek brake hoods / Zefal Christophe half clips / RockBros bell / Velo Orange chainstay protector

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. Let the games begin
  3. Now we're getting serious
  4. Groupset matched
  5. New tires
  6. Drivetrain upgrade #2
  7. Some final touches

Current Stage Info:

Was tired of that D-grade italian seatpost. Matched componentry is always preferred.

Added by 4d3d3d3. Last updated 4 months ago.

2 Comments

4d3d3d3

4d3d3d3 says:

Advertisement for the Apollo Criterium from the University of British Columbia's student newspaper, the Ubyssey, September 1980. $299.95 translates to roughly $900 in today's dollars (figures in CAD).

Posted about 2 years ago

4d3d3d3

4d3d3d3 says:

From original Craigslist posting.

Posted about 2 years ago