I picked up this Sekai Magnum GT bike with 27" wheels last summer at a local flea market for $95 for use as a project bike for commuting and possibly Randonneuring. The seat stay caps say "NORCO". Based on the date stamps on some of the parts, the model year was 1984, and I believe the GT stands for "Grand Touring". Scratched parts of the frame and the steel and chrome parts were rusted, but everything cleaned up nicely. Serial number is Y4A8980.

Original components still in use include
Sugino GT 170mm Cranks
Suntour ARX derailleurs
Suntour New Winner 5 speed freewheel
Suntour Power Ratchet clamp-on downtube shifters
Nitto Strong stem
Nitto "Grand Raundonneur" 135 drop bars
Dia-Compe G 500 side-pull brakes
Dia-Compe drilled levers
27" 36 spoke Araya rims with Suzue hubs

I had the frame sandblasted and powder coated at Seattle Powder Coat and rebuilt the entire bike at the Wright Brothers Cycle Works co-op workshop space in Seattle. Replacement parts include Rivendell "Resurrectio" decals, Tange headset, Shimano cartridge bottom bracket, Shimano PD-M324 pedals, Panaracer Pasela tires & tubes, saddle, seat post, brake and derailleur cables, and Cane Creak hoods. French Tressostar bar tape with a Rivendellesque clear shellac and hemp twine finished the job.


Tom McDonald



Sekai Magnum GT Resurrectio - Suntour ARX detail


Sekai Magnum GT Resurrectio - crankset detail

Sekai Magnum GT Resurrectio - front end detail


Sekai Magnum GT Resurrectio - shifters detail
Sekai Magnum GT Resurrectio - side view
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