In the late 70's Takara bicycles were known for being exceptional values. The model 732 did not employ top of the line tubing in its frame yet it still featured quality components. This Takara from 1977 featured the following:
- Frame: 1977 Takara lugged steel frame and matching fork
- Headset: Kuwahara Cycle
- Handlebars: Aluminum marked "Takara Sports" and "Sorin Japan"
- Stem: Aluminum with non standard 21.6 mm quick diameter.
- Brake Levers: Dia Compe with quick release and 'turkey' levers
- Shifters: SunTour 'Barcons' bar end shifters
- Saddle: Selle Italia Anatomic
- Seat Post: SR 'Custom' 25.4mm
- Brake Calipers: Dia Compe 610 center pull
- Hubs: Sunshine High Flange 36h
- Rims: Araya "27 x 1 1/4 w/o HP" aluminum (these rims lack bead hooks)
- Crankset: Sugino Maxy 171mm with Sugino 52 and 40 tooth chainrings on 110mm BCD
- Pedals: KKT PVII with Christophe toe clips and straps
- Bottom Bracket: Kuwahara 1.37x24T
- Freewheel: Suntour TA 8.8.8. Pro-Compe 14-18-23-28-34 tooth
- Front Derailleur: Suntour SL (top normal)
- Rear Derailleur: Suntour V-GT Luxe
The 732 was not at the top of the Takara lineup. It was not constructed with premium steel. But it was adorned with decent or better components throughout. And unlike other bikes in its price range it had a full compliment of braze ons. Targetted at the touring market it included a five speed freewheel with a 34 tooth large cog. The assembled freewheel weighed 548 grams. Another oddity is the stem diameter and steerer inner diameter. Both are slightly smaller than the standard 22.2mm.
The first image show how the Takara 732 looked when it arrived at the Race Garage. The others were taken after the faulty bar end shifter was discovered and replaced with an 80's set of Suntour Accushift stem shifters.