Kuwahara Nova

Factory Specs & Components

Lifecycle: 1983 - 1985
Frame Model: Nova (1983) / Un-officially titled "Super Nova" (1984+)
Factory Colors: Chrome or White w/ Black parts, Black or Blue w/ Silver parts
Frame: Chrome-Moly Tubing & High Tensile Steel (1983), 100% Full Chrome-Moly Tubing (1984 - Stamped "Kuwahara")
Fork: 100% Full Chrome-Moly
Serial #: Starting T3, K4, K5, K6 (very rare)
Tubing Differences: Looptail (1983) / Non-Looptail (1984-1986)
Top Tube Length: 18.25"
Weight (Complete Bike): 11.23 kg / 24 pounds, 12 ounces
Weight (Parts): 2550g +/- (Looptail Frame), 1950g +/- (Super Nova Frame), 1050g +/- (Pro handlebars)
Original Retail Price (Approx.): $240 USD (Chrome), $230 USD (Painted)
Facts: The Looptail frame is approx. 600g heavier than the Super Nova frame. The Super Nova frame is the same weight as the Laserlite frame.
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.
Opinions/Errors: One magazine review in the 80's stated that the Super Nova was not 100% Full Chrome-Moly, where as other magazines have stated that the 1984 Super Nova is Full Chrome-Moly. From our personal research, we have found that the 1984 Super Nova is much lighter (actually around 600 grams +/-) than the 1983 looptail Nova and almost has the exact same geometry, and weight (actually lighter in one of our weight comparison tests) as the 1983 Laserlite, therefore we can only conclude that the 1984 Super Nova is a Full Chrome-Moly frame regardless of the welds on the rear triangle. Regarding the rear triangle welds on the Super Nova, most people say it cannot be chrome-moly due to the different look of the welds. However, 1985 full Chrome-Moly Bravos and Laserlites use the same frame set as the Super Nova and they also have the exact same looking welds.
Stamping Note: The 1983 Looptail version was non-stamped and the 1984 Non-Looptail version was stamped "Kuwahara". However, there were also left over 1983 Looptail versions that were stamped "Kuwahara" with serial numbers "K4..." similar to the 1984 Non-Looptail versions.
Buyer / Collector's Beware: The Nova / Super Nova handlebars are NOT the same as a Laserlite or Survivor. They are approx. 250 grams heavier and the cross bar has a smaller diameter.


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Headset

Stem

Handlebars

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B.B.

Crank Set

Spider

Chainring

Pedals

Chain

Freewheel

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Hubs

Spokes

Tires

Seat Post

Seat

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Brake Caliper

Brake Lever

Brake Cable

Factory

Original Components

(Most Common)

Tange

Tange (Round)

Hatta MX-II

WIN

Nitto

OGK VInyl (17-77A)

Hatta

Takagi One-Piece 175mm/180mm

Takagi

Takagi 44T

KKT AMX

KEC

Suntour 16T

Ukai Speedlines

Suntour Sealed High Flange

Asahi

IRC Racer 80x Skinwall

Tahei Elina UL (Checkered)

Tahei Elina UL

Suntour Broken Arrow

Dia Compe MX-1000

Dia Compe Tech 3

Dia Compe

Factory

Original Components

(Varied or Alternative)

Tange (Stamped - 1984)

Tange (Round) (Stamped - 1984)

Hatta MX-II

WIN

Nitto "Kuwahara" (Stamped)

Tange "Kuwahara"

Hatta

Takagi One-Piece (Stamped)

Kuwahara Power Disc

Takagi 44T

KKT SMX

KEC

Suntour 16T

Araya 7x Black

Suntour High Flange

Asahi

IRC Racer 80x Skinwall

Nitto "Laserpost" Layback

Tahei Elina Aero Turbo

Suntour Broken Arrow

Dia Compe MX-1000

Dia Compe Tech 3

Dia Compe

Factory

Original Components

(Varied or Alternative)

Tange

Tange (Round)

Hatta MX-II

WIN

Nitto

OGK VInyl (17-77A)

Hatta

Takagi One-Piece 175mm/180mm

Takagi

Takagi 44T

KKT AMX

KEC

Suntour 16T

Ukai Speedlines

Suntour Sealed High Flange

Asahi

IRC Racer 80x Skinwall

Nitto "Laserpost" (Stamped)

Tahei Elina UL

Suntour Broken Arrow

Dia Compe MX-1000

Dia Compe Tech 3

Dia Compe