Another OTSG first, a Kobe Caprice sent in by Benjamin in California. Not a lot of info out there about these except, of course, the inescapable Bike Forums thread.
I came across this interesting Japanese ten speed not too long ago. I was unable to find any information about the maker or the brand. Despite being branded as a Kobe model ‘Caprice’ the lugs seem to be identical to those found on some Nishiki and Centurion frames. All around seems to be a quality OTS, Suntour and SR components, and it has by far the most aesthetically appealing decals I’ve ever seen on an Old Ten Speed, even the head badge looks good. When I picked it was missing two wheels. In an act of internationalism I threw on a set of dimpled sidewall Rigida Super Chromix rims laced to Maillard hubs and freewheel which just makes this unusual bike that much stranger. May it ride for decades to come….
Benjamin in Santa Cruz, California