For sale is my Gayas build – it's pronouced kuy-us, in case you're wondering!
This is a very reluctant sale but needs must, I need to make way for the ever increasing collection of bikes. :)
Gaya is the name of a country in ancient Korea; Korea is the only country in the world other than Japan that carry on the game of Keirin (for gambling purposes).
Gayas disappeared in early to mid 1990s and their frames are therefore extremely rare to find in any condition; this frame in particular was sourced with the tubing in good condition but the decals and paint were poor. The original seller was actually able to track down the original builder (youngcycle.com) who built this in the 80s and have him restore it. Young Cycle builds all the Cello, 3rensho and Kalavinka frames for Korean Kerin.
This one has the double butted Tange tubing and Suntour track-ends. NABY engraved on the seatstay means Butteryfly which is presumably the nickname of the rider it was built for.
Gayas is possibly the first Korean track frame company ever established. They were sponsored by one of major company in Korea called Sun-kyung (SK) and built track frames for U.S.A. Olympic Track Team for Seoul Olympics 1988. Most of Gayas frames has double butted Tange tubing and Suntour track-ends. They are extremely rare to get (even in Korea) and built prestigiously to highest standard.
Specs as pictured above (not splitting yet!):
- Gayas Korean Keirin frameset (53x53cm) £350
- Araya VX400 clinchers laced 4x to DA7600 hubs w/ Condor London CNC 18t cog £230
- Nitto risers w/ Champ grips and Nitto bar ends, TF Imports 80mm stem £40
- Dia-Compe BRS 101 clamp-on brake with Condor London cross top lever £55
- Tange Seiki Levin Alloy 1500 NJS headset £25
- Kashimax Five Gold 8P (30mm) NJS saddle £40
- Nitto SP72 NJS seatpost £40
- Sugino 75 NJS crankset with 46t Sugino NJS ring £150
- HKK Vertex NJS chain £10
- MKS NJS chain tugs £15
- Kashimax Five Gold top tube protector £25
Included is the clamp on brake; it has been fitted atop of super thick clear helitape to protect the paint underneath the clamps. The rims have a non-machined brake surface, so whilst they work with a brake they also look lovely on a brakeless build. This brake setup has been only recently fitted and seen exceptionally light use, so both the pads and brake track on the rims are still like new.
The prices listed next to the components above are fair second hand prices, they total at over £950 and retail for a hell of a lot more! I would like £895 for a quick sale of the complete bike which includes everything except pedals.
Collection can be made from Crouch End (London, N8) during evenings and weekends.
No dibs please! First with cash gets the bike. :)
If the bike is still here in a few weeks I'll split and sell the components separately.
Thanks for looking.
In case you're interested, I've included below some photos of the bike in a previous guise and you can find more over at Pedal Room.