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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:37 pm 
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I think this one is closer to my model.If i blow up the picture i can make out the bird headtube decal.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:13 am 
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Here is something else interesting.


In an unusual step, Yokota specified
Italian Columbus Cromor OR tubing for
this model. Its thin walls require careful
torch work, so vice-president John Harrington
had to find a smaller builder in
the Orient with the requisite skill . It
seems to have worked because the welds
on our test bike looked flawless . However,
despite the special tubing, the bike
weighs 31 .3 pounds, in part due to the
3.7-pound fork . A Rock Shox Mag 20
would save about X pounds.
Overall, the Yosemite Pro shows that
you don't have to tolerate motorcycle
prices to get a suspension bike. Moreover,
it represents the leading edge of a
new genre of affordable sprung models.
Before long, I predict we'll see shocks
on hybrids, and perhaps even (cross
yourself) road bikes.
A revolutionary-or shall we say
shocking-concept. E
YOKOTA YOSEMITE PRO
Distributed by: Yokota Cycle USA
2016 Martin Ave.
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Country of Origin : Taiwan
Suggested Retail Price: $899 ; $999 with
Rock Shox Mag 20 fork
Sizes Available: 15, 18, 20 (tested), 22 in .
(center-to-top)
Weight: 31.3 lbs.
Frame : Columbus Cromor OR double-butted
chrome-moly steel with double-taper stays ; Dirt
Research AfterShock air/spring suspension fork
Wheelbase
42 .5 in. ; 108 cm
Seat tube
20 in . ; 50 .8 cm
Top tube
22 .8 in . ; 57 .9 cm
Head angle
72 degrees
Seat angle
73 .5 degrees
Chainstays
16 .7 in . ; 42 .4 cm
Bottom bracket height
12 .2 in . ; 30 .9 cm
Fork rake
1 .8 in. ; 4 .57 cm
Trail
2 .33 in. ; 5 .91 cm
Wheels :
Hubs Shimano Deore DX, quick-release,
135-mm rear axle spacing
Spokes
15-gauge Wheelsmith stainless
steel, 32 front, 36 rear
Rims
Sun Metal CR-20
Tires
Onza Porcupine, 26x2.1 in .,
Schrader valve
Drivetrain :
Derailleurs
Shimano Deore DX, thumbshifters
Chain
Shimano Hyperglide
Crankset
Shimano Deore DX,
175-mm crankarms, 24/36/487 chainrings
Bottom bracket
Shimano BB-UN70 sealed
cartridge
Freewheel
Shimano Deore DX 7-speed,
13-307 cassette
Components :
Brakes
Shimano Deore DX cantilevers
Pedals
Shimano Deore DX, nylon clips
and straps
Headset
YST 707, Fisher Evolution
1Yinch size
Seatpost
SR Tall Cool One
Saddle
Avocet R-20 Gel
Bar/stem
Alloy bar; Dirt Research chromemoly
15-cm stem, Onza Spy Bar bar-ends

From a 1992 best buy article.Sorry i could not link the page.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:16 pm 
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"In an unusual step, Yokota specified
Italian Columbus Cromor OR tubing for
this model. Its thin walls require careful
torch work, so vice-president John Harrington
had to find a smaller builder in
the Orient with the requisite skill . It
seems to have worked because the welds
on our test bike looked flawless ."


Toyo 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:49 pm 
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Well i think that makes your bike a little more unique.

Check out this one.I think this one has the color of my bike.Interesting rear brake set up.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:12 pm 
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GT BIKE RIDER wrote:
Well i think that makes your bike a little more unique.

Check out this one.I think this one has the color of my bike.Interesting rear brake set up.


I'd wager that to be an 89-90 maybe. Cool little bike. 8)

If these things look familiar, it's because much of Yokota lived on in the Dirt Research bikes sold here in the states, by way of New Jersey, I believe. Yokota was wrapped up in a deal with World Cycle...a huge discount shop chain, and when World Cycle bit the dust, Yokota did too...and then Dirt Research, a component supplier to Yokota at the time...1995 I think...stepped in and offered essentially the Yokota frames built up as complete bikes and sold under the Dirt Research banner. DR died shortly thereafter, when MTB as a whole grew cold as a market. :cry:

All that is from memory, and I've noticed in the last few years that my memory is getting pretty bad, especially for dates. :oops: I wish somebody else remembered a bit more about these Yokotas. I think my recollection of this stuff gets better when somebody else chimes in and tosses about a bit of info to jog my memory. I just remember wanting the Toyo Yosemite...or in a real pipe dream driven world, the Teesdale built Half Dome. Had one of the HDs for a while in 1993 and that bike was the shizzle. 8) If you recall any of this, people...then slap me with your knowlege and maybe I'll clear out my cobwebs! :lol:

DRs are on eBay as framesets today...Hodaka Taiwan made frames I think, but still Columbis tubes and pretty good TIG welds.


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