Kuwahara KYZ

Factory Specs & Components

Lifecycle: 1982 - 1983
Frame Model: KYZ (Originally named & marketed as KE-1)
Factory Colors: Chrome w/ Black parts, Gold finish on Chrome w/ Black parts (Canada only)
Frame: Chrome-Moly Tubing (Front Triangle) / High Tensile Steel (Rear Triangle)
Fork: 100% Full Chrome-Moly
Serial #: Starting T2, T3
Tubing Differences: Gusset w/ big and small hole (Version 1 - similar to KZ-1) / Gusset w/ big hole (Version 2 - similar to ET).
Versions: We have witnesses 2 versions of the KYZ - a Regular size and a Small size. When compared side by side, the Small size has a smaller geometry than Regular size with a shorter rear end similar to a Diamonback Silver Streak when compared to a Senior Pro. The Regular size has a standard size geometry similar to the KZ-1, ET, Nova, and Laserlite.
Top Tube Length: 18.25"
Weight: 27 pounds, 5 ounces
Gusset: Gusset has either a) a small hole on the right side next to the big hole, similar to the KZ-1 and KZ-2 or b) no small hole on the right side next to the big hole. The KYZ's without this small hole and are debated as being leftover ET's in chrome which is NOT the case. KYZ's with no small hole were made all through out 1982 and 1983 alongside the ET. And ET's were made into the early months of 1983.
Note: ET's and KYZ's are in fact the same frame. Both models came in high tensile (with very horrible welds) and tri-moly. You can notice these weld differences down at the bottom bracket area. We will post pictures soon.

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

(Most Common)

Tange (w/ Nice Welds)

Tange (Round) or TX-1200

Hatta MX-II

Sugino

WIN V-Bar

OGK Vinyl (77-17A)

Hatta

Sugino One-Piece 178mm

Sugino

Sugino 44T

KKT AMX

Izumi Black

Suntour 16T

Araya 7x Black

Suntour High Flange

Asahi

IRC Racer 80x Skinwall

Nagaoka Fluted Aluminum

Tahei Elina

Dia Compe

Dia Compe 890 Black

D.C. Pre-Bent Black (Early '82)
D.C. Tech 2 Black (1982+)
D.C. Tech 3 Black (1983)

Dia Compe

Factory

Original Components

(Lower End Stock Parts)

Tange (w/ Ugly Welds)

Tange TX-1200

Hatta MX-II

WIN Slant

WIN V-Bar

OGK Vinyl (77-17A)

Hatta

Sugino One-Piece 178mm

Sugino

Sugino 44T Snowflake

KKT K-MX Rat Trap

KEC Black

Suntour 16T

Araya Steel Chrome

S.I.W. Low Flange

Asahi

IRC Racer Skinwall

Nagaoka Fluted Aluminum

Takahashi Promax

Sugino Chrome Steel

Dia Compe 890 Silver

D.C. Pre-Bent Black (Early '82)
D.C. Tech 2 Black (1982+)
D.C. Tech 3 Black (1983)

Dia Compe

Factory

Original Components

(Varied or Alternative)

Tange

Tange (Round) or TX-1200

Hatta MX-II

Sugino

WIN V-Bar

OGK Vinyl (77-17A)

Hatta

Sugino One-Piece 178mm

Sugino

Sugino 44T

KKT AMX

Izumi Black

Suntour 16T

Araya 7x Black

Suntour High Flange

Asahi

IRC Racer 80x Skinwall

Nagaoka Fluted Aluminum

Tahei Elina

Dia Compe

Dia Compe 890 Black

D.C. Pre-Bent Black (Early '82)
D.C. Tech 2 Black (1982+)
D.C. Tech 3 Black (1983)

Dia Compe