Apollo Concorde

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Apollo Concorde

Postby hazmat5765 » Fri Jun 05, 2009 12:56 am

Here is my 1991 (according to shimano codes) black bitsa Apollo Concorde, that somebody once threw away, I really enjoy riding this.
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Everything worked but back wheel was stuffed, it had taken a decent thump and was damaged past repairing. The bike just needed tlc, and a Aero Velocity 8 speed back wheel that is an almost perfect match for the Alesa front. Then added new Gator Skin tyres, bar tape, cable inners/outers, spacers for 7 speed cassette. I like the "Apollo" logo on the downtube, that's what caught my eye at the recycle yard... sorta art deco. Because of the damage to the back wheel I did a frame symmetry check that I saw on Sheldon Brown's website and it was fine.
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Re: Apollo Concorde

Postby rkelsen » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:06 am

Nice bike mate!

Did you have any problems fitting a modern rear hub?
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Re: Apollo Concorde

Postby hazmat5765 » Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:03 am

rkelsen wrote:Nice bike mate!

Did you have any problems fitting a modern rear hub?

Not really I guess.......,ordered the wheel (Aero Velocity rim/Velocity hub) with correct spacing from Trak Cycles Mt Barker,that took a couple of weeks, it came with an 8 speed freehub, they had the spacers(2) needed to fit the 7speed cassette which was still virtually unused,and as it turned out had great ratios for me - 12-23. Adjusted the High/Low limits on the RD. The spacers don't really detract from the appearance and everything is true and straight.
I should add that one fella at Trak Cycles was really enthusiastic and helpful and this made a big difference :)
Good luck with yours, Rob
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Re: Apollo Concorde

Postby rkelsen » Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:25 pm

Thanks man.

I have a 1991 Shogun Katana with similar looking componentry to what's on your Concorde. It's also a 7 speed, and I'd like to keep it that way, so it's good to know that it's still easy enough to get 126mm hubs. I don't particularly want to bend the frame to accept a wider hub.

Are they Shimano Exage brakes? Mine has those. I was going to upgrade them, but they are surprisingly good!
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Re: Apollo Concorde

Postby hazmat5765 » Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:18 pm

rkelsen wrote:Thanks man.

I have a 1991 Shogun Katana with similar looking componentry to what's on your Concorde. It's also a 7 speed, and I'd like to keep it that way, so it's good to know that it's still easy enough to get 126mm hubs. I don't particularly want to bend the frame to accept a wider hub.

Are they Shimano Exage brakes? Mine has those. I was going to upgrade them, but they are surprisingly good!

Yes they're Exage "action". I've got them doing the job on my other bike and they clean up well too.
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Exage 400 with Biopace chain rings. It was amazing how much RD action improved by replacing shifter cable and then replacing it's small section of cable outer with a slightly longer piece that formed a bigger smoother curve up to the RD.
Cheers, Rob.
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Re: Apollo Concorde

Postby penseleit » Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:57 pm

G'day

I bought an old Apollo Concorde from the tip recently for $30

Pink and White
Shimano Exage Sport groupset including hubs
Tange 900 Frame

Just needed a new handlebar cos the original one had been in a crash and was bent.

It rides nicely.

Pics below:

As it was straight from tip:


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Re: Apollo Concorde

Postby wheels46 » Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:07 am

Saved a lovely looking machine there hazmat! :) Really looks the goods.
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Re: Apollo Concorde

Postby LG » Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:47 am

The concords are pretty nice mid range bikes. I got mine from the tip shop as well. Pretty sure it's early 90's with full 500EX group. It had a dented and slightly bent seat stay which I straightened, and was missing the non-drive side crank, while the extractor thread on the drive side was stuffed and the spindle bolt was missing. Looked like something may have fallen on it in a shed and they decided it was unservicable, tried to remove the cranks, mucked up the thread so though oh well, off to the tip.
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Re: Apollo Concorde

Postby hazmat5765 » Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:24 am

wheels46 wrote:Really looks the goods.

Thanx, I've still got it and it is still smooth to ride.
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Re: Apollo Concorde

Postby ldrcycles » Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:33 pm

i picked up one of these a while ago, but with Apollo in red, BEST ride of any road bike i've tried yet, so sad it's too small for me :-(
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Re: Apollo Concorde

Postby munga » Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:59 pm

hey i have one of these too! 56cm i think
pitty43 wrote:Thanks all for your help. Better change my Gumtree add now.

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Re: Apollo Concorde

Postby penseleit » Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:28 pm

Just thought I'd post some pics of my pink and white Apollo Concorde after I cleaned it up a bit.

Added a new seat, second hand aluminium handlebar and bar tape.

Cleaned and polished the frame and parts, but it's been ridden a few times since so a bit of grunge is visible.

Brake Hoods were very sticky so I covered them in electrical tape until I can find some replacements.

(And yes I put the bar tape on the wrong way - will fix that when I get annoyed with it)

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Re: Apollo Concorde

Postby hazmat5765 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:53 pm

penseleit wrote:Just thought I'd post some pics of my pink and white Apollo Concorde after I cleaned it up a bit.

It looks real good penseleit!
I do volunteer work for a local bicycle recycling shed and the fella that runs it is well known round here and used to sell and race bicycles in his earlier days. He says that in its day the Apollo Concorde was a good smooth bike for touring speeds and used to sell reasonably well.
Good onya for saving it from the scrapheap.
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Re: Apollo Concorde

Postby hazmat5765 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:31 pm

Updated pics of my '91 Apollo Concorde that was in the OP.
Lots of other nice Apollos here-> viewtopic.php?f=23&t=37956
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Still a smooth ride.
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