LATER MODEL CANADIAN SEKINE LINE-UP
The appearance, at the very least, of
the Canadian made Sekine changed some time after the middle of the
1970s. Best guess for the change would be 1977 or 78, but that is
just a guess. Not only did appearances change, but so too did
model names and the range of models offered. Gone were the loved SHT series and their big brother,
the SHX. Art work took a turn for the more mundane and chrome
plating on frame sets vanished. Not one single later model
Canadian Sekine sported any chrome plating on any frame set. Fork
blades, on some of the higher end models, did retain the chrome blade
SEKINE PR-10: Advertized as the
Men's Professional Racer, the PR-10 was Sekine's top of the
line model offered towards the end of the company's run.
The PR-10 was also a special order bicycle and very few were
ever made, suggesting a collector's dream, should one come
Sekine Canada's last top dog offering was
full chrome moly tubing, coupled with Tange Italian cut lugs and
Shimano forged drop-outs. The bicycle featured a full Dura
Ace grouppo and total weight was reputed to be approximately 21
pounds. The PR-10, like its predecessor the SHX 270, was
the only bike in the later Sekine line-up to be offered with
As was the case with all Sekine bicycles,
especially those made in Canada, the finish was exceptional.
Sadly, or not, the bicycle was available only in a single color
- pearl gold The handlebars came wrapped with leather
ribbon, an all but unheard of practice for most companies.
All in all, the PR-10 was not only a functional bicycle, but it
was also a pretty one.
SEKINE RM-10: Sekine Canada referred to the RM-10 as "a
premium lightweight, high performance racer for long distance
touring and serious road racing competition". And one
would have to concede that the bicycle did sport some of those
features that would suggest race readiness.
Like the more
sophisticated PR-10, the RM-10 featured a chrome moly frame set,
one of two offered during Sekine's later years. The
component grouppo was completely changed from its true race
bread sibling. In place of the matched Dura Ace group, the
discerning rider would find a full Shimano 600 grouppo, the one
commonly referred to as the Arabesque group.
The RM-20 represented a compromise, suggesting that the bicycle
was "ideal for most touring and racing enthusiasts".
Though a nice enough bicycle, the RM-20 did not stand a chance
against some of the more sophisticated, true light weight racing
bicycles of the day. Nor was the bike a touring bike in
any sense. At best, the RM-20 was a darn nice, above
average recreational road bicycle that offered a more than
pleasing ride quality.
The only other Sekine Mixte encountered was a child's bicycle,
believe it or not. The adult Mixte, the RL-30 is basically
fitted with a component gouppo that would be very similar to the
earlier SHC 270. None the less, the Sekine RL-30 was
released into the market. Based on the very few
experienced in a Sekine rich city, one would have to think that
not all that many were ever sold.
Based on the same frame set as the RL-30, the MTL-35F, Sekine's
other Mixte, was of roadster design. Gone were the drop
bars and racy look. Ten gear choices were replaced with
five, and the bicycle suddenly took on a city bike look and that
would be its intended use. Errand running, with little or
no thought about competition, of any kind.
The TM-35 was the man's version of the MTL-35F, sporting a
remarkably similar group set. In fact, the group sets were
absolutely identical, except for a small feature on the man's
Five speeds, upright handlebars and a lovely
set of factory issued alloy fenders, combined to make the TM-35F
a great around town errand runner or commuter. And, like
just about every other Canadian made Sekine, the finish was
excellent, the art appealing and the price just right.
Once again, anything but a racing bicycle.
Sekine literature suggests the bicycle weigh to be 27 pounds.
The ones that have managed to find their way into
Old Shed, consistently come in over the 30 pound mark.
Of all the women's models that Sekine offered, the TL-35F was
probably one of the most popular. The single bar step
through design was time tested, durable and looked pretty good
for the Sekine's day.
Fitted in much the same manner as her
brother, the TL-35F sported five gears, alloy fenders, upright
bars and just about everything else boasted by the sibling.
A nice bicycle and one that was fun to ride, but hardly offering
that could be considered remarkable performance. Just a
nice bicycle, meant to get the rider from here to there, and
back again and not after breaking the bank to purchase the
The RL-40 was pure entry level. The RL was a recreational
bicycle, reputed to weigh 28 pounds and aimed at the bargain
seeking market. Though none have been weighed to date,
chances are Sekine's reported weight is not factual.
Entry level components throughout, including
steel handlebars, steel brake levers, steel derailleurs and less
than the best was the rest. But for some people, the
bicycle would be just right since the price was just right.
The RM-50 looked like a race bicycle that was aimed at the
younger rider. Sporting a 26" wheel set and a 20" only
frame set, the bike was well targeted. Sadly, the bicycle
was a racing bike in appearance only. for the young person
getting into road biking, little could be said for the clumsy,
heavy poor handling Sekine designed for the adolescent rider.
SEKINE TL-55F: Another young
person's 26" wheeled touring bike that was near identical to the
RM-50. The TL-55F featured the single bar set through
design and was also reputed to weigh 28 pounds and came fitted
with stainless steel fenders. Again, one much question the
Sekine literature regarding weights. The bicycle, once
again, comes in at over thirty.
SEKINE RB-50 & 55: The RB-50
was, without doubt, the smallest Ten Speed bicycle offered by
Sekine Canada during the seventies, and the RB-55 the smallest
five speed. Both featured 24" wheels with just about steel
everything when components were considered.
Again, hardly a
racing style bicycles or even touring bikes, both were aimed at
the kids market and neither sported any degree of
& 55: Once again, the RG models targeted the
children's market, with the RG-50 being racing oriented, while
the 55 was more of touring design. Once again, appearances
Both bikes, as were all other kid's bikes,
were heavy and fitted with bottom of the line components.
Neither bicycle would be capable of offering a ride quality that
would even be considered acceptable by an adult rider.
After all, who can expect a five or six year old to pilot a
bicycle that weighs nearly as much, and in some instances, more
than the adult counterparts.
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