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Old 01-14-2019, 07:30 PM
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3Rensho Katana

Several weeks ago thanks to a PSA on the forum, I picked up this beautiful 3Rensho from a forumite in the LA area. It is a mid 80s frame and is equipped with mostly DA 7700 with the exception of FC-R700 compact cranks and Ultegra shifters. Wheels are DA hubs with Mavic Open Pro rims.
A day or so after I bought it I was able to get it out for a short sizing/shakedown ride.

A few impressions:

First, this is a beautifully made frame with a number of very nice touches and details. The paint is gorgeous. It is very comfortable yet efficient: my input went straight to the ground and I went forward. No muss, no fuss, just propulsion. Very, very nice. I imagine the track pedigree of these bikes and their maker deserves great credit for this.

Second, I am mainly a Campy guy. I have a couple bikes set up with DA 7400, and I love the DT indexing of this group, but have never used “Brifters“ before. I was ready to go straight to 7700DT shifters, but these Ultegra shifters are really, really nice. Just super smooth and precise. Unfortunately for them, I have always thought They look bulbous, and being a shallow guy they just have to go.

Third, I have never tried a Fabric saddle before. This has a Scoop Elite Line 134 and I immediately felt comfortable on it. I’m gonna buy more of these.

Because I can never let well enough alone, the next post will show progress in making it my own.
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Old 01-14-2019, 07:49 PM
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So rainy day today, and parts I had ordered were here, so I decided to get off my butt and modify this bike more to my liking. Since my initial ride I have ridden it three more times, and am liking it more and more with each ride. What an exceptional frame! I’ve also figured out what I wanted to change on the build.

In short:

I needed to get rid of those beautifully functional, ugly tumors (IMHO-sorry Shimanophiles) on the handlebars, so I bought a pair of NOS 105-5700 silver shifters, which have a nicer shape to my eye, and clean up the front end via hidden cable routing.

I swapped out the black ergo shaped TTT handlebars for a set of Nitto Noodles I had laying around.

I replaced the seatpost with a VO with adequate setback for my legs.

The Gatorskins went, and were replaced with some Rubino Pros.

It’s looking better to my eye, although I will probably change out the yellow e-tape on the handlebars, or at least partially cover it with some white electrical tape and leave a thin strip of yellow showing.

Tomorrow, I will swap out the crankset for a 7700 standard crank, and will then likely be done for a while.
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:37 AM
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Very nice, I like the shade of blue. In my eyes it looks good in both iterations, with exception to the crank. The 7700 crank will be perfect, nicely done.
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:09 AM
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Real sharp looking frame!
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:27 AM
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dream bike

That is one of my dream bikes. You don't see many that big. What are the dimensions?
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:34 AM
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Yay! The Gatorskins are GONE!

Great looking bike!
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:37 AM
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Now we are getting somewhere.
The 7700 cranks look great on it. I have a 53t chainring to replace the 56 (who the heck needs that?!?).
Measurements of the frame are 60.5 (62c-t) X 57.5. Looks like 73° HT, ST. Saddle height is 82.5 cm.
Lastly, I will need to source some newer silver calipers, since the hidden cable shifters pull more brake cable then exposed shift shifters.
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Old 01-15-2019, 12:38 PM
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Looks great Steve!

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Old 01-15-2019, 01:13 PM
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Yep. Gorgeous. 1st in line when you "39 it".
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Old 01-15-2019, 01:45 PM
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Just beautiful. I would’ve swapped exactly the same parts as you did, nothing more, nothing less.
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Old 01-16-2019, 09:35 PM
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I really like the seatpost clamp, just looks so streamlined and neat. Really nice looking bike.


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Old 01-17-2019, 12:00 AM
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Sweet bike, sweet background!

Edna valley?
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Old 01-17-2019, 01:07 AM
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Sweet bike, sweet background!

Edna valley?
Thanks, and yessir you got it!
You must be missing it about now.
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Old 01-18-2019, 06:21 AM
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Man, that's a beautiful bike. Great job.
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Old 01-18-2019, 09:34 AM
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