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1986 Panasonic Team America

The Team America was the 2nd model from the top after the Team Europe model. So what was the Team America? In a nutshell? It is a Japanese bike built with Italian Columbus SL tubing and named the Team America. How about that for a mind bender? The 1986 Team America model came with a full Dura Ace component group and lovely Araya Aero 4 tubular wheels. The three color paint job is perhaps one of Panasonic’s more attractive designs.

Frame:
Columbus SP & SL Cr-Mo double butted tubes, lostwax head and seat lugs, Shimano EF forged ends

Fork/Headset:
Columbus SP blades, Tange C-10 lostwax crown, Shimano EF forged ends and Shimano New Dura Ace sealed head set.

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Shimano New Dura Ace 53/42T / Shimano New Dura Ace sealed B.B. set.

Pedals:
Shimano New Dura Ace with reflectors (Vintage Looks pictured)

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Shimano New Dura Ace 6-speed 12-19T, Cassette type / Shimano 600 UG Silver, 1/2″ x 3/32″ x 108 links. (Pictured bike has Dura Ace CN-7401 Boron finished links, 1/2?x3/32?x108 links, narrow type.)

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Shimano New Dura Ace (7400) S.I.S. / Shimano New Dura Ace S.I.S., brazed on down tube mounted.

Handlebars/Stem:
Nitto Pearl, Forged alloy

Saddle/Seatpost:
Selle Italia Super Turbo with Shimano Dura Ace EX seat post.

Brakes:
Shimano New Dura Ace BR-7400, alloy side pull with Dura Ace AX aero levers.

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Shimano New Dura Ace, Freehub sealed mechanisms 32H/ Araya Aero tubular ADX-4, 32h, Super Hard Anodized with Continental Giro tubulars

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Shimano New Dura Ace, Freehub sealed mechanisms 32H/ Araya Aero tubular ADX-4, 32h, Super Hard Anodized with Continental Giro tubulars

More Info:
What can I say about this ’86 Team America other than the fact that it is my personal favorite Panasonic bicycle. You see, I remember looking at the 1986 Panasonic model year brochure back in the day and even though this wasn’t the top dog (Team Europe) within the line, it was far and away THE bike I wanted. It is also the bicycle that prompted my quest for more Panasonic information… and turning up fairly empty-handed, I guess you could say it also led to the creation of this web site. So I wanted one of these for many years… since 1986 to be exact! The only problem was that I had never actually seen one anywhere other than in the bike shop catalog back in the day. I have been watching ebay and other sites for quite some time and never saw one for sale. I sort of figured that perhaps this bike was a bit of a unicorn within the Panasonic line. You see pictures but can’t be sure they actually exist. Well, during mid May of 2008 the unicorn bike became a reality. I spotted one on ebay and was determined to own it as long as the price didn’t go up to insane levels. As luck may have it, I won the auction and the bike is now sitting over my left shoulder. I spent several evenings going through everything in order to get it “museum clean”. It turns out that I had in fact purchased the bike from the original owner. The bike was originally purchased from a now defunct Schwinn/Panasonic dealer in East Liberty, Pennsylvania called The Bike Barn. See it here: http://panasonicbikemuseum.info/archives/12

Added by PBVM. Last updated about 7 years ago.

3 Comments

Nimhskater978

Nimhskater978 says:

I love this bike and the rest of your collection

Posted over 5 years ago

richpool

richpool says:

I dont know how you find these but they are all great!

Posted about 7 years ago

snorky

snorky says:

very nice. great find!

Posted over 8 years ago