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The Sugino Maxy cotterless crank was a game changer.
The shifting ease and performance were dramatically superior. The flex of the derailer could be felt through the lever.
Some of these companies offered 2 or 3 different models at different price ranges.
At the same time, the mid 1980s, the dollar reached a peak against the Japanese Yen (260 ¥ to the $!
Throughout the '70s and early '80s, "Touring" was the hottest buzzword in the industry, and it was hard to find any bicycle part that didn't feature "tour" or "touring" in its name or advertising.
The loaded touring bike was the most prestigious type of bike, and was generally recommended as the ideal general-purpose bike for the serious cyclist.