Model

Kuwahara Laserlite

Lifecycle: 1982 – February 1986
Frame Model: KZ-83 / KZ-84 / KZ-85 (Not Official Factory Name)
Fork Model: Tange ARX (1982) / Tange TRX (1983-1984) / Tange “K” Stamped (1984-1985)
Factory Colors (82-84): Chrome w/ Black parts | Black w/ Chrome Parts
Factory Colors (85-86): Chrome w/ Black parts | Black w/ Chrome Parts | Green w/ White parts
Frame/Fork: 100% Full Chrome-Moly tubing
Serial #: Starting T2, T3, T4 / K4, K5, K6
Decals: Generation 2 w/ ® and w/o ® (82-84) / Generation 3 (85-86)
Frame Tubing: Teardrop Top/Bottom (82) / Oval Top/Bottom (83-Feb.84) / Oval Top/Round Bottom (Feb. 84-Sept.84) / Round Top/Bottom (Oct.84-Feb.86)
Frame Stamping: Un-Stamped (82-83) / Stamped (Oct. 83 – Feb. 86)
Top Tube Length: 18.25″ – KZ-83 (82 – Feb. 84) / 18.75″ – KZ-84 (84) / 18.25″ – KZ-85 (85-86)
Weight (Complete Bike): 10.5 kg / 23 pounds, 4 ounces
Weight (Frame): 1950g +/- (KZ83/KZ85) / 2050g +/- (KZ84)
Weight (Handlebars): 800 grams (approx.)
Original Retail Price (Approx.): $450 USD

Stamping (Frame): Laserlite ‘stamping’ started in mid October 1983.  They were stamped with the “K” on the rear dropouts, a “Kuwahara” on the left side of the seat post tube, and brake bridge. “Laser Post” on the right side of the Nitto layback seat post and “Laser Bars” on the front right side of the handlebars.
Stamping (Forks): Kuwahara “K”  ‘stamping’ started in about March of 1984 on Tange forks completely different from the TRX forks of previous years.  These were introduced in the months after the KZ-84 frame was introduced in March of 1984.
Top Tube Differences:
KZ-84 top tube is longer than the KZ-83 and KZ-85 and 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 and is not an official Factory model name.

Frame Facts: Survivors and Laserlites shared the same frame from 1982 to early 1986.  Bravos also used the exact same from from 1984 (KZ84) and Bravos and “Super” Novas used the exact same frame from October 1984 to February 1986 (KZ85).
Frame Geometry: The Late 1984 Laser-Lite lost all its oval tubing of previous years and was identical to the Bravo and Super Nova frame of that year with round top and bottom tubes.  They also went back to the same geometry and top tube length as the KZ83 frame.
Interesting Facts: By Late 1984, Kuwahara was using the exact same frames for the Bravo, Super Nova and Laserlite as they are identical in geometry, weld craftsmanship and weight when put through a comparison test.
Tange Made: February of 1986 is the very last month and year of the Japan made Tange frame sets right before they switched to Anlun made Laserlite-3000s.
True Laserlite: A true Factory Laserlite was a KZ-83/84/85 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.

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.
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.

82 Laserlite83 LaserliteLate 83 Laserlite84 LaserliteLaser-LiteLaserlite-3000
Year:1982 - Early 19831983Oct. '83 - Feb. '84Feb. '84 - Sept. '84Oct. '84 - Feb. '861986 - 1987
Model:KZ-83KZ-83KZ-83KZ-84KZ-85Laserlite-3000
Frame:Tange (Teardrop)Tange (Oval/Oval)Tange (Oval/Oval - Stamped)Tange (Oval/Round - Stamped)Tange (Round - Stamped)Anlun (Stamped)
Fork:Tange ARX (Teardrop)Tange TRX (Oval)Tange TRX (Oval)Tange Round (K Stamped)Tange Round (K Stamped)Anlun (K Stamped)
Headset:Hatta MX-II w/ Suntour Lock NutHatta MX-II w/ Suntour Lock NutHatta MX-II w/ Suntour Lock NutHatta MX-II w/ Suntour Lock NutHatta MX-II w/ Suntour Lock NutHatta MX-II
Stem:Suntour PowerSuntour PowerSuntour PowerSuntour PowerSuntour PowerAnlun
Handlebars:Nitto Pro (Un-Knurled)Nitto ProNitto ProNitto Pro 'Laserbars'Nitto Pro 'Laserbars'Anlun Pro
Grips:OGK 82-22A 'Cobra'OGK 82-22A 'Cobra'OGK 82-22A 'Cobra'OGK 82-22A 'Cobra'OGK 82-22A 'Cobra'AME Tri (Type)
B.B.Hatta MX-IIHatta MX-IIHatta MX-IIHatta MX-IIHatta MX-IIHatta MX-II
Cranks:Redline 400 (180mm)Redline 400 (180mm)Redline 400 (180mm)Redline 400 (180mm)Sugino One-Piece 175mmAnlun Ultima 4000
Spider:Integrated w/ CranksIntegrated w/ CranksIntegrated w/ CranksIntegrated w/ CranksSugino 'Kuwahara' Power DiscIntegrated w/ Cranks
Chainring:Sugino 44T (Machined)Sugino 44T (Machined)Sugino 44T (Machined)Sugino 44T (Machined)Sugino 44T (Machined)Anlun 44T w/ 'Kuwahara' imprint
Chainring Bolts:Sugino (Stamped)Sugino (Stamped)Sugino (Stamped)Sugino (Stamped)Sugino (Stamped)Generic
Pedals:Suntour XC-I or XC-IISuntour XC-IISuntour XC-IISuntour XC-IISuntour XC-IIVP 747
Chain:Izumi Black/SilverIzumi Black/SilverIzumi Black/SilverIzumi Black/SilverIzumi Black/SilverKMC Silver
Freewheel:Suntour 16T VIA ChromeSuntour 16T VIA ChromeSuntour 16T VIA ChromeSuntour 16T VIA ChromeSuntour 16T VIA ChromeSuntour 16T VIA Chrome
Rims:Araya 7x ChromeAraya 7x ChromeAraya 7x ChromeAraya 7x ChromeAraya 7x ChromeUkai 'Speedline' (Shiny Side - Painted)
Hubs:Suntour Sealed LF or HFSuntour Sealed LF or HFSuntour Sealed LF or HFSuntour Sealed LF or HFSuntour Sealed LF or HFSansin Sealed LF
Spokes:Asahi 194mmAsahi 194mmAsahi 194mmAsahi 194mmAsahi 194mmAsahi 194mm
Nipples:Asahi or Araya (Black)Asahi or Araya (Black)Asahi or Araya (Black)Asahi or Araya (Black)Asahi or Araya (Black)Asahi Silver
Tires:IRC Racer 80x SkinwallIRC Racer 80x SkinwallIRC Racer 80x SkinwallIRC Racer 80x SkinwallIRC Racer 80x SkinwallCheng Shin Comp 3 Skinwall
Seat Post:Nitto LaybackNitto LaybackNitto LaybackNitto Layback 'Laserpost'Nitto Layback 'Laserpost'Anlun Layback
Seat:Elina Aero TurboElina Aero TurboElina Aero TurboElina Aero TurboElina Aero TurboViscount 2169 'Kuwahara'
Seat Clamp:Suntour Broken ArrowSuntour Broken ArrowSuntour Broken ArrowSuntour Broken ArrowSuntour Broken ArrowSuntour Broken Arrow
Brake Caliper:Dia Compe MX-900 w/ Center AdjusterDia Compe MX-900 w/ Center AdjusterDia Compe MX-900 w/ Center AdjusterDia Compe MX-900 w/ Center AdjusterDia Compe MX-900 w/ Center AdjusterDia Compe
Brake Lever:Dia Compe Tech 3Dia Compe Tech 3Dia Compe Tech 3Dia Compe Tech 3Dia Compe Tech 3Dia Compe Tech 6
Brake Cable:Dia Compe SilverDia Compe SilverDia Compe SilverDia Compe SilverDia Compe SilverDia Compe
1982 Laserlite
Year:1982 - Early 1983
Model:KZ-83
Frame:Tange (Teardrop)
Fork:Tange ARX (Teardrop)
Headset:Hatta MX-II w/ Suntour Lock Nut
Stem:Suntour Power
Handlebars:Nitto Pro (Un-Knurled)
Grips:OGK 82-22A 'Cobra'
B.B.Hatta MX-II
Cranks:Redline 400 (180mm)
Spider:Integrated w/ Cranks
Chainring:Sugino 44T (Machined)
Chainring Bolts:Sugino (Stamped)
Pedals:Suntour XC-I or XC-II
Chain:Izumi Black/Silver
Freewheel:Suntour 16T VIA Chrome
Rims:Araya 7x Chrome
Hubs:Suntour Sealed LF or HF
Spokes:Asahi 194mm
Nipples:Asahi or Araya (Black)
Tires:IRC Racer 80x Skinwall
Seat Post:Nitto Layback
Seat:Elina Aero Turbo
Seat Clamp:Suntour Broken Arrow
Brake Caliper:Dia Compe MX-900 w/ Center Adjuster
Brake Lever:Dia Compe Tech 3
Brake Cable:Dia Compe Silver
1983 Laserlite
Year:1983
Model:KZ-83
Frame:Tange (Oval/Oval)
Fork:Tange TRX (Oval)
Headset:Hatta MX-II w/ Suntour Lock Nut
Stem:Suntour Power
Handlebars:Nitto Pro
Grips:OGK 82-22A 'Cobra'
B.B.Hatta MX-II
Cranks:Redline 400 (180mm)
Spider:Integrated w/ Cranks
Chainring:Sugino 44T (Machined)
Chainring Bolts:Sugino (Stamped)
Pedals:Suntour XC-II
Chain:Izumi Black/Silver
Freewheel:Suntour 16T VIA Chrome
Rims:Araya 7x Chrome
Hubs:Suntour Sealed LF or HF
Spokes:Asahi 194mm
Nipples:Asahi or Araya (Black)
Tires:IRC Racer 80x Skinwall
Seat Post:Nitto Layback
Seat:Elina Aero Turbo
Seat Clamp:Suntour Broken Arrow
Brake Caliper:Dia Compe MX-900 w/ Center Adjuster
Brake Lever:Dia Compe Tech 3
Brake Cable:Dia Compe Silver
Late 1983 Laserlite
Year:Oct. '83 - Feb. '84
Model:KZ-83
Frame:Tange (Oval/Oval - Stamped)
Fork:Tange TRX (Oval)
Headset:Hatta MX-II w/ Suntour Lock Nut
Stem:Suntour Power
Handlebars:Nitto Pro
Grips:OGK 82-22A 'Cobra'
B.B.Hatta MX-II
Cranks:Redline 400 (180mm)
Spider:Integrated w/ Cranks
Chainring:Sugino 44T (Machined)
Chainring Bolts:Sugino (Stamped)
Pedals:Suntour XC-II
Chain:Izumi Black/Silver
Freewheel:Suntour 16T VIA Chrome
Rims:Araya 7x Chrome
Hubs:Suntour Sealed LF or HF
Spokes:Asahi 194mm
Nipples:Asahi or Araya (Black)
Tires:IRC Racer 80x Skinwall
Seat Post:Nitto Layback
Seat:Elina Aero Turbo
Seat Clamp:Suntour Broken Arrow
Brake Caliper:Dia Compe MX-900 w/ Center Adjuster
Brake Lever:Dia Compe Tech 3
Brake Cable:Dia Compe Silver
1984 Laserlite
Year:Feb. '84 - Sept. '84
Model:KZ-84
Frame:Tange (Oval/Round - Stamped)
Fork:Tange Round (K Stamped)
Headset:Hatta MX-II w/ Suntour Lock Nut
Stem:Suntour Power
Handlebars:Nitto Pro 'Laserbars'
Grips:OGK 82-22A 'Cobra'
B.B.Hatta MX-II
Cranks:Redline 400 (180mm)
Spider:Integrated w/ Cranks
Chainring:Sugino 44T (Machined)
Chainring Bolts:Sugino (Stamped)
Pedals:Suntour XC-II
Chain:Izumi Black/Silver
Freewheel:Suntour 16T VIA Chrome
Rims:Araya 7x Chrome
Hubs:Suntour Sealed LF or HF
Spokes:Asahi 194mm
Nipples:Asahi or Araya (Black)
Tires:IRC Racer 80x Skinwall
Seat Post:Nitto Layback 'Laserpost'
Seat:Elina Aero Turbo
Seat Clamp:Suntour Broken Arrow
Brake Caliper:Dia Compe MX-900 w/ Center Adjuster
Brake Lever:Dia Compe Tech 3
Brake Cable:Dia Compe Silver
1985 - 1986 Laser-Lite
Year:Oct. '84 - Feb. '86
Model:KZ-85
Frame:Tange (Round - Stamped)
Fork:Tange Round (K Stamped)
Headset:Hatta MX-II w/ Suntour Lock Nut
Stem:Suntour Power
Handlebars:Nitto Pro 'Laserbars'
Grips:OGK 82-22A 'Cobra'
B.B.Hatta MX-II
Cranks:Sugino One-Piece 175mm
Spider:Sugino 'Kuwahara' Power Disc
Chainring:Sugino 44T (Machined)
Chainring Bolts:Sugino (Stamped)
Pedals:Suntour XC-II
Chain:Izumi Black/Silver
Freewheel:Suntour 16T VIA Chrome
Rims:Araya 7x Chrome
Hubs:Suntour Sealed LF or HF
Spokes:Asahi 194mm
Nipples:Asahi or Araya (Black)
Tires:IRC Racer 80x Skinwall
Seat Post:Nitto Layback 'Laserpost'
Seat:Elina Aero Turbo
Seat Clamp:Suntour Broken Arrow
Brake Caliper:Dia Compe MX-900 w/ Center Adjuster
Brake Lever:Dia Compe Tech 3
Brake Cable:Dia Compe Silver
Laserlite-3000
Year:1986 - 1987
Model:Laserlite-3000
Frame:Anlun (Stamped)
Fork:Anlun (K Stamped)
Headset:Hatta MX-II
Stem:Anlun
Handlebars:Anlun Pro
Grips:AME Tri (Type)
B.B.Hatta MX-II
Cranks:Anlun Ultima 4000
Spider:Integrated w/ Cranks
Chainring:Anlun 44T w/ 'Kuwahara' imprint
Chainring Bolts:Generic
Pedals:VP 747
Chain:KMC Silver
Freewheel:Suntour 16T VIA Chrome
Rims:Ukai 'Speedline' (Shiny Side - Painted)
Hubs:Sansin Sealed LF
Spokes:Asahi 194mm
Nipples:Asahi Silver
Tires:Cheng Shin Comp 3 Skinwall
Seat Post:Anlun Layback
Seat:Viscount 2169 'Kuwahara'
Seat Clamp:Suntour Broken Arrow
Brake Caliper:Dia Compe
Brake Lever:Dia Compe Tech 6
Brake Cable:Dia Compe