Apollophiles - The Apollo Appreciation Thread

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Postby rangersac » Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:50 pm

Incorrectly advertised, surely this is a V? A touch too big for me otherwise I'd be taking a squizz.
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Postby singlespeedscott » Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:47 pm

rangersac wrote:Incorrectly advertised, surely this is a V? A touch too big for me otherwise I'd be taking a squizz.

Goneski. I hate how gumtree doesn't allow you to look at old advertisements.
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Postby dros » Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:16 pm

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipP ... lnQlkxTTZ3

Pics of the competitor , forks I believe to be unoriginal . Anybody familiar with this era bike?

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Postby singlespeedscott » Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:42 pm

dros wrote:https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPAg6hdTaSbJRIWlxgancdG7lvklQ2Ndw3ktduLQ1igTQ106PnSo0QdHGaSHeYFtA?key=Y2ZKSjlVbG9zYzkzTlpKTVpPbzZWa2lnQlkxTTZ3

Pics of the competitor , forks I believe to be unoriginal . Anybody familiar with this era bike?

Looks like an early 1990-91 model. Tange Prestige is pretty flash for a 105 equipped bike. I think the original fork was a unicrown.
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Postby dros » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:24 am

Hey thanks for the input .

http://teamdalby.blogspot.com.au/2006_0 ... chive.html

Interesting article of a late 80's apollo. Tubing used on this bike looks like ishwata 019 , and a mismatch of 105/600 parts .

The 1050 set on my competitor is dated 87-88 for production and the araya 1w are an early aero style 700c clincher . I have a repco eurosport tri-a with the same 1050 group , rims are of the lower spec single walled araya. The frame is infinity and fork is a lugged tange 8d 660grams. Centurion was the other player for the wildly coloured era bikes of same period in aus.

The stickers on this era of apollo's are vinyl and the design/font appears to have been run for only a short period.
Now Apollo , please , where are all of your old catalogues!

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Postby Kermit TF » Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:28 pm

Ok munga, pics as requested.. Crappiest pics you will ever get, no apologise , it was minus 8 when I went to my shed. There a gaggle of Vs, the VI, the grey one is a 3.5 and under the bed sheet is a concours black IV.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/2fi84icih8xxc ... M.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/a33xfx6e1d872 ... M.jpg?dl=0

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Postby singlespeedscott » Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:24 am

Kermit TF wrote:Ok munga, pics as requested.. Crappiest pics you will ever get, no apologise , it was minus 8 when I went to my shed. There a gaggle of Vs, the VI, the grey one is a 3.5 and under the bed sheet is a concours black IV.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/2fi84icih8xxc ... M.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/a33xfx6e1d872 ... M.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4rk24ealjjz30 ... M.jpg?dl=0

A nice quiver of Apollo's there Kermit. It's strange how your VI is equiped the same as my V but the fork is not as nicely built as mine even though tubing is better.
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Postby scgc » Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:40 pm

Hi, I recently purchased this one and cant seem to find out exactly what it is. It has a model sticker of 'access', sunjoy accushift shifters, sakae handlebar, star brakes, unfortunately the brand name has worn of the derailleur. Sorry I couldn't bring any more information there wasnt much branding on this one at all.

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Postby jroles » Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:15 pm

I am wondering whether one of my bikes might be an Apollo V or VI. It has been re-spray painted at some point. The serial number is 0609687, the group is mainly Suntour Superbe and it seems to have some details similar to a VI. It also has Superbe Dropouts. Some more pictures here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79445062@ ... res/q4F4r2
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Postby slidetaker » Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:45 pm

morini wrote:Good question about the numbers. I re-read this whole thread before posting and some one made the comment that there were 2 runs of them and they used both tube types, Ishiwata/Tange. Maybe they're confusing the Superbe spec'd V, like Scott's, with the small run of VI's? I don't know what to think but I'm tending to believe the Apollo guy. He was late 50's, career industry type, an ex bicycle racer so he might have know something.
The telling factor is that there are hardly any of them around and I've only ever seen the Ishiwata/Superbe versions on here. All of us are pretty ferocious hunters of this era of bikes so surely we'd notice one somewhere if it popped up. Or the others are at the bottom of the tip!
My count is 4. Mine, Mungas small one, another guy who has some brilliant pictures of his one on here that he bought new for $1100 and he even raced it and QuangVuong's friend's bike.

Six to find? Sounds hard but Koen, on here, has just found one of his holy grail so maybe we'll locate them yet.


I have a Apollo VI, 83 built marked bottom of seat tube, made in Osaka, Tange Champion No. 2 tubing. 26.8 seatpost size. Pretty sure some Apollo V were made with Champion No. 1 tubing, larger seat post size than 26.8.

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Postby Ajd » Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:03 pm

Apollo jaguar special edition? Just picked up this bike and was wondering if it is with restoring/selling. Was my father in laws. As far as date goes I can find a 71 and a 62 stamped on Frame.

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Postby practicalfool » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:31 am

I need help to ID this apollo I picked up, so I can fix her.

Guessing it is not a super fancy model. Looks to be a 1984. Serial number 84 6 11405.

Sticker says built with 012 hi-tension tubes and forks. KCL Japan.

Has a 6 speed shimano altus rear derailleur. Single speed front crank. Stem mounted shifter.

Has one of those wide handlebars with a small rise - called a vintage ladies handlebar apparently.

Any ideas what this could be?

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Postby find_bruce » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:32 pm

Sounds like a vintage ladies bike. Hi-tensile & altus is fairly low range, but with a little bit of care & attention should be a perfectly acceptable ride.

What size wheels does it have ?

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Re: Apollophiles - The Apollo Appreciation Thread

Postby uart » Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:13 pm

Imagine if some day that someone invented a machine that you could just point at something, and press a button, and it would capture an exact image of that thing.

Imagine how much better all of the "can you identify this …" type of threads would be! Call me a crazy wide eyed dreamer, but honestly I believe that one day it’s going to happen. Perhaps not in my lifetime, but eventually. ;)

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Re: Apollophiles - The Apollo Appreciation Thread

Postby uart » Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:20 pm

Sorry for above sarcasm. I just think people could help a lot more if there were images. So many of these posts just get left unanswered without them.

practicalfool wrote:Sticker says built with 012 hi-tension tubes and forks. KCL Japan.


Are you sure it isn't 1021 hi-ten tubing. I've got an old Apollo with 1020 tubing, which is basically just plain low carbon steel. I'm not sure what the difference between 1020 and 1021 is, probably not much, but I do recalling seeing it before.
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