This is a c1990 Lotus 3000R Pro Series in Teal with a White Head Tube and Fork and White Lettering. It is a 23″ / 58 cm / Large (center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube) Lugged Triple Butted Tange Steel frame with a Cro-Mo steel fork. The stand over height is 33″ directly in front of the saddle.
There are 14 speeds available through the Sakae Blaze two ring (52/42t) crankset and the Suntour Winner 7 gear freewheel. The pedals are alloy with black plastic toe cages without straps.
The rear derailleur is a Suntour Blaze and the front is also a Suntour Blaze. Shifting is through Downtube Mounted Suntour Blaze Indexed Shifters.
Both wheels are Weinmann alloy rims drilled for Presta valves laced to K K alloy hubs with quick release. Both wheels have new Specialized Roadsport Edurant 700x24c black wall tires.
Braking is handled by Dia Compe BRS Blaze Sidepulls with quick release. The brake levers are aero Suntour Blaze levers.
The original black vinyl saddle is mounted to an alloy seat post that moves freely in the seat tube.
Alloy handlebars with black handlebar tape are mounted to an alloy stem. The stem is NOT frozen in the steerer tube.
The original front and rear reflectors are present, there is an alloy bottle cage mounted to the downtube and bosses for another on the seat tube.
The bicycle rides, turns, stops and shifts through all of the gears and rings as it should.
A very Miami Vice looking paint scheme that really stands out. The pictures make the color look sky blue, but it is a metallic Teal. A nice lugged, triple butted Tange frame with quality Suntour components and new tires.
For less than the price of a generic Bike Shaped Object that anyone might buy online or from a store that sells bicycles in the Toy Department, you could be riding this vintage bicycle with quality components. The fact that it is still rolling down the road is a testament to how well it was built.
It’s important to point out that this is not just a used bicycle, but a vintage bicycle. While it has been test ridden a little over two miles (up and down a long hill, over two sets of railroad tracks and through a neighborhood) to ensure that it actually does turn, brake and shift correctly, it is a 20-50 year old bicycle with mechanical components which may work well today and fail tomorrow or work just as designed for another 50 years. It has not been restored to factory new condition and the price reflects this. You should closely examine the bicycle in person, test ride it and ask enough questions to feel confident in the vintage bicycle you are considering.
Also, think of the type of riding you are likely to be doing and the bicycle that you are considering. If you normally ride a mountain bike and are looking at a 40 year old road bike because it’s your favorite color, one of your considerations should probably not be wondering about how awesome a 40 year old Peugeot made of Vitus 980 Super Light Tubing and rolling on 23c road tires will look on Instagram covered in mud or jumping a curb: it will look broken.
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