Kuwahara Laserlite

Factory Specs & Components

Lifecycle: 1982 - 1985
Frame Model: KZ-3 / KZ-4 (Also known as KZ-83 / KZ-84)
Fork Model: Tange ARX (1982) / Tange TRX (1983-1984) / Tange "K" Stamped (1984-1985)
Factory Colors: Chrome w/ Black parts / Black paint w/ Black parts (less common Factory color)
Frame/Fork: 100% Full Chrome-Moly tubing, KZ-83 Non-Stamped, KZ-84/85 Stamped "Kuwahara"
Serial #: Starting T2, T3, K4, K5
Frame Main Tubing Timeline: Teardrop Top & Bottom tubes (1982) / Oval T&B tubes (1983 - early 1984) / Oval T & Round B tubes (late 1983 - 1984) / Round T&B (1985 after the KZ-84 frames ran out)
Frame "Kuwahara/K" Stamping Timeline: Un-Stamped (1982-1983) / Stamped (Late 1983 - 1985)
Top Tube Length:
18.25" - KZ-83 (1982 - early 1984) / 18.75" - KZ-84 (late 1983 - 1984) / 18.25" - KZ-85 (1985)
Top Tube Differences: KZ-84 top tube is longer than the KZ-83 & has a shorter Seat post tube, including shorter rear triangle top tubes. In 1985 they brought back the KZ-83 geometry which we call the KZ-85.
Weight (Complete Bike): 10.5 kg / 23 pounds, 4 ounces
Weight (Parts): 1950g +/- (KZ83 Frame), 2050g +/- (KZ84 Frame), 800g +/- (Laserbars - handlebars), 1950g +/- (KZ85 Frame)
Original Retail Price (Approx.): $450 USD
Facts: The 1985 Laserlite lost all its oval tubing of previous years and was identical to the Bravo frame of that year with round top and bottom tubes.
Interesting Facts: The 1984 Bravo actually used KZ-84 frames in and switched in 1985 to the new KZ-85 frame used by the Laserlite and possibly Super Nova.
Interesting Facts: By 1985, it looks as though Kuwahara was using the same exact frame for the Bravo, Laserlite and Super Nova as they all looked identical in geometry, weld craftsmanship and weight when put through a comparison test.
Parts: A true Factory Laserlite was a KZ-83/84 frame set released with high end parts, which is clearly documented in review magazines and advertisements from that era. It is the retail stores and distributors who 'dumbed down' the parts on Laserlites to make them more affordable for buyers or met the demand of the market.
Interesting Facts: "Dumbed Down" Laserlites were available with low end parts similar to the Survivor (through bike shops only) because bike shops replaced the high end parts (mainly the cranks) and sold them with 1 pc cranks to meet the demand for Laserlites by making them affordable. We also believe these bike shops sold Survivors as Laserlites to meet that demand. Our research is based on seeing original un-touched Laserlites with these low end parts (Survivor build) configurations first hand. On another note, since a Survivor and Laserlite use the same frame & fork, these builds can technically be passed off as either model depending on the parts. Another thing to consider is that many Survivor owners, removed the "Survivor" top tube decal back in the day because it wasn't as cool as the "Laserlite". Also, many sellers have replaced the highly sought after Redline 400 cranks with 1 piece cranks which is another reason why Laserlites may look to have all the "Factory" parts but are missing the 400 cranks.
Buyer / Collector's Advice: If you are buying or showing off your Laserlite, look at the parts. If it has all the parts of a Survivor, then it is NOT a Laserlite. Even though the frame set is the same, it is not a Laserlite as the model (Survivor or Laserlite) is depicted by the parts.. NOT the frame set. Meaning... A Laserlite is the KZ-83/84 frame model with high end parts. A Survivor is the KZ-83/84 frame model with low end parts. Without the correct high end Factory parts... it is NOT a Laserlite, but a Survivor.

Frame

Fork

Headset

Stem

Handlebars
 

Grips

B.B.

Crank Set
 

Spider

Chainring

Pedals

Chain

Freewheel

Rims

Hubs
 

Spokes

Tires

Seat Post
 

Seat

Seat Clamp

Brake Caliper

Brake Lever

Brake Cable

Factory

Original Components

(KZ-83 - 1982 & Early '83)

Tange (Teardrop)

Tange ARX (Teardrop)

Hatta MX-II w/ Suntour Lock Nut

Suntour Power

Nitto "Laserbars" - Unstamped
(Un-Knurled)

OGK Cobra

Sugino Sealed

Redline 400 180mm
or Suntour VX / Sugino CT

Integrated w/ Cranks

Sugino 44T (Machined)

Suntour XC-I or XC-II

Izumi (Black/Silver)

Suntour 16T

Araya 7x Chrome

Suntour Sealed High Low Flange
or Suntour Sealed Low Flange

Asahi w/ Black Nipples

IRC Racer 80x Skinwall

Nitto "Laserpost" Layback
- Un-Stamped

Tahei Elina Aero Turbo

Suntour Broken Arrow

DC MX-900 (w/ center adjuster)

Dia Compe Tech 3

Dia Compe (Milky Clear)

Factory

Original Components

(KZ-83 - 1983)

Tange (Oval / Oval)

Tange TRX (Oval)

Hatta MX-II w/ Suntour Lock Nut

Suntour Power

Nitto "Laserbars" - Unstamped
(Knurled)

OGK Cobra

Sugino Sealed

Redline 400 180mm
or Suntour VX / Sugino CT

Integrated w/ Cranks

Sugino 44T (Machined)

Suntour XC-II (Gen. 1 or 2)

Izumi (Black/Silver)

Suntour 16T

Araya 7x Chrome

Suntour Sealed High Low Flange
or Suntour Sealed Low Flange

Asahi w/ Black Nipples

IRC Racer 80x Skinwall

Nitto "Laserpost" Layback
- Un-Stamped

Tahei Elina Aero Turbo

Suntour Broken Arrow

DC MX-900 (w/ center adjuster)

Dia Compe Tech 3

Dia Compe (Milky Clear)

Factory

Original Components

(KZ-84 - 1984)

Tange (Oval / Round) - Stamped

Tange TRX (Oval)

Hatta MX-II w/ Suntour Lock Nut

Suntour Power

Nitto "Laserbars" - Stamped
(Knurled)

OGK Cobra

Sugino Sealed

Redline 400 180mm
or Suntour VX / Sugino CT

Integrated w/ Cranks

Sugino 44T (Machined)

Suntour XC-II (Gen. 1 or 2)

Izumi (Black/Silver)

Suntour 16T

Araya 7x Chrome

Suntour Sealed High Low Flange
or Suntour Sealed Low Flange

Asahi w/ Black Nipples

IRC Racer 80x Skinwall

Nitto "Laserpost" Layback
- Stamped

Tahei Elina Aero Turbo

Suntour Broken Arrow

DC MX-900 (w/ center adjuster)

Dia Compe Tech 3

Dia Compe (Milky Clear)



Frame

Fork

Headset

Stem

Handlebars

Grips

B.B.

Crank Set
 

Spider
 

Chainring
 

Pedals
 

Chain

Freewheel

Rims
 

Hubs
 

Spokes

Tires

Seat Post

Seat

Seat Clamp

Brake Caliper

Brake Lever

Brake Cable

Factory

"Survivor" Components

(KZ-83/ 84 - 1982 to 1984)

Tange (Oval / Oval)

Tange TRX (Oval)

Hatta MX-II w/ Suntour Lock Nut

Sugino

Nitto "Laserbars"

OGK Cobra

Hatta MX-II

Sugino 1 Pc 180mm
or Takagi 1 Pc 180mm

Kuwahara Power Disc
or Takagi Spider

Sugino 44T (Machined)
or Takagi 44T

KKT SMX
or KKT AMX

Izumi (Black/Silver)

Suntour 16T

Araya 7x "Shiny Side"
or Ukai HE Box "Shiny Side"

Suntour Sealed High Low Flange
or Suntour Sealed Low Flange

Asahi w/ Silver Nipples

IRC Racer 80x Skinwall

Nitto "Laserpost" Layback

Promax Aero Turbo

Suntour Broken Arrow

DC MX-900 (w/ center adjuster)

Dia Compe Tech 3

Dia Compe (Milky Clear)