• While 1986 wasn’t the first year for the DX-3000, it was in my opinion one if not the most desirable year.  The black and yellow color scheme was new for ’86 and it really made the bike stand out.  The components were by no means high end but they were certainly respectable for a sport rider.

    The nice looking specimen below was shared with us by Jeff.  Jeff found this bike in need of some care and restoration and the end result is what you see below.  Fantastic job!

    1986 Panasonic DX-3000 Factory Specifications

    List Price: N/A
    Frame: Tange 900 Cr-Mo double butted tubes, forged ends and sealed bottom bracket set.
    Fork: Tange Mangaloy, AC-2 crown, forged ends and sealed head set.
    Handlebar: SR CTB, Maes Alloy
    Stem: SR CT Alloy
    Saddle: Selle Italia 0419-V Aero with SR CT-P5E micro adjusting seat post.
    Crankset: SR SXC-200, Alloy 52/42T
    Freewheel: Shimano Z012 6-speed 14-28T
    Chain: Shimano UG silver, 1/2?x3/32?x110 links
    Hubs: Sansin ET-Q Sealed mechanism, Alloy small flange with Q.R.
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano L525SS S.I.S.
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Z206
    Shifting Lever: Shimano S424 S.I.S., brazed on down tube mounted.
    Brakes: Shimano Z570, side pull with Q.R., tire guide and 600AX levers.
    Rims: Ukai 20A, 700c, alloy
    Tires: Panaracer 700×25c Open Side 100PSI
    Spokes: 14G U-C-P finished
    Pedals: KKT Pro-Vic II B with reflectors
    Color: Midnight Black

  • What Can I say, when I came across this rough gem, as the saying goes, “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder”, I couldn’t resist on taking the challenge of bringing this bike as Darin called it, “Panasonic Mutt”, and turning it into a prized contender. It is currently a work in progress indeed, combining time and funds, this “Mutt”, should be ready to ride soon!

    Before Picture shown with 27 chrome fork, 27 inch wheels, mixed match brakes, Custom handle bar, dia compe non-aero brake levers, Suntour X-1 mtb front derailleur, Exage rear derailleur and plastic pedals.
    Only original component is the Shimano 600 Ultegra Bio-Pace Crankset.

    So far I have accumulated plenty of parts to piece together and soon will present to my “Panasonic Mutt”.

    Thank you Darin, for the knowledge and encouragement in bringing this Panasonic back to its former Glory.

    After pictures coming soon with Shimano Dura Ace / 600 Ultegra Components. I’m doing my best attempt to go all Dura Ace, but that requires deep deep pockets.. so little by little moving towards that. haha

    Owner:  @JimSaravia



  • ThumbnailLately I have been making a real effort to push forward on the PR-6000 build. I spent some time digging for a couple of lost boxes of NOS parts and eventually found what I was looking for. New old stock Dura Ace 8 […]

  • The 1986 Team Japan is a rare bicycle by any standards, and we’re lucky enough to have acquired our second example for the collection. If you are familiar with the Team Japan then you know that the frame was constructed with Columbus SL/SP tubes and that it was equipped with Suntour Superbe Pro components. This example is a bit different. It has a Suntour Superbe Pro headset as well as hubs but the rest of the components have been changed to either Shimano Sante or Shimano 600. At first I wasn’t sure how I would like that but upon riding it, I must say the result is quite nice. I love how these Columbus tubed Panasonics ride, and the addition of classic reliable Shimano components really works well here. Added bonus that Shimano Sante was used for many of the components. The only thing I would do is swap out the cranks and brakes for Sante and then it would be an absolute stunner. Even so, I believe you’ll find it to be rather stunning to look at as it is.

    1986 Panasonic Team Japan Specifications:
    List Price: $970 approx (1986 dollars)
    Frame Size: TJ-856…56 cm
    Frame: Columbus SP & SL Cr-Mo double butted tubes, lostwax head and seat lugs, SunTour forged ends and sealed B.B. set.
    Fork: Tange Cr-Mo blades, C-2 crown, SunTour forged ends and sealed head set.
    Handlebar: SR CTD, Maes alloy
    Stem: SR CT alloy
    Saddle: Selle Italia Turbo with Strong brand seat post from Japan.
    Crankset: Shimano 600 53/42T
    Freewheel: Shimano Sante 7-speed 13-23T
    Chain: Shimano, 1/2″ x 3/32″ x 108 links
    Hubs: SunTour Superbe Pro, sealed bearing 32H
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano Sante
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Sante
    Shifting Lever: Shimano Sante, brazed on down tube mounted.
    Brakes: Shimano SLR Alloy side-pull with Shimano BL-L331 SLR Levers
    Rims: Mavic MA40, 32h, Super Hard Anodized
    Tires: Panaracer Stradius Pro – white 700x23c
    Spokes: Stainless 14G
    Pedals: Vintage Look Clipless – white
    Color: Imperial Red

    This bicycle has been sold and is in the hands of a new owner in California!

  • I recently brought the PR-6000 out of storage after selling several of the other bikes in my collection. I figured it was time to try to get back into build mode with this one. Actually, I am trying to build […]

  • By 1989, sales of Panasonic Bicycles here in the USA were tapering off and the final curtain was about to come down halting future sales of Panasonic bike in the USA.
    These PICS bikes were not very common to […]

  • Darin posted a new activity comment 5 years ago

    Very nice!

  • Darin posted a new activity comment 5 years ago

    Welcome to the “club” Chris. I did see the picture of your frame within your profile gallery. It is a bit odd that your neighbor would paint over them in flat black rather than simply removing the decals.

    Painting or powdercoating are both good options although the paint method will most certainly cost more if you’re having it professionally…[Read more]

  • Hi Bryan, if you have some photos email a few to me at editor AT panasonicbikemuseum.info and I can try to give you a bit of an appraisal on the bike based on the condition and originality. Also, what part of CA […]

  • 1987 DX-3000 (53cm) for sale in Greenville, SC for $295. http://greenville.craigslist.org/bik/3142061457.html

    1989 AL-7000 for sale in Chicago. Open to offers. The photo is bad but it is obvious that the […]

  • Darin posted a new activity comment 5 years, 1 month ago

    The Team Time Trial as it was known here was also fairly rare here in the USA. I do know of one or two owners here in the States and one more who is working on importing one from Holland with a little help of a fellow web site member who lives there.

  • Darin posted a new activity comment 5 years, 1 month ago

    Agreed. Cinelli is always a good substitute. I was thinking Nitto or perhaps SR in order to keep the bike mostly Japanese based however it will have Mavic rims so it isn’t as if the purity would be compromised by using a Cinelli stem. 😉

  • There is a very slight chance that the bicycle you see pictured on our site is the bike you saw during RAGBRAI in ’82. I don’t know the entire ownership history of this particular bike but it was in Iowa. My own […]

  • It has been quite a while since I had some friends in Colorado snag a 1989 Team MC Custom mountain bike for me off of a Craigslist ad. Come to think of it, it has been more than a year ago now. To be honest, I […]

  • The first…

    Just missed two Panasonics for sale here in the Minneapolis area that were great deals. The first, a DX-3000 for only $100 and the second a DX-5000 for only $200. Bummer.

    And then I see […]

  • Darin replied to the forum topic PR-6000 or PICS owners? in the group PR and PICS Series 5 years, 2 months ago

    You’re right, the Dura Ace stems are very expensive these days. On my PR-6000 I’m thinking of just using the Nitto Pearl which is also very nice.

  • Darin posted a new activity comment 5 years, 2 months ago

    A Panasonic enthusiast in Texas was trying to buy that bike but it is just too expensive at this point.

  • Darin posted a new activity comment 5 years, 2 months ago

    The AL-4000 is very sharp looking!

    There is a Team Time Trial listed there as well that a friend of mine here in the States is actually trying to purchase. 🙂

  • Darin replied to the forum topic PR-6000 or PICS owners? in the group PR and PICS Series 5 years, 2 months ago

    Very nice. I can’t wait to get mine on the road at long last. Hopefully late summer or early autumn.

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