Readers’ Rigs: We don’t get many track bikes on ‘Readers’ Rigs’ and we have never had a classic Japanese sprinters bike… Until now. Matt in Seattle has sent us his beautiful 3Rensho, built by Shinichi Konno of Cherubim, to marvel at.
Name: Matt Haldeman
Location: Seattle, Washington
Frame: 3Rensho by Cherubim
Group: Mix of Shimano and Sugino all NJS parts
Handlebar/Stem: Nitto Pro AA Jaguar NJS 120mm Stem, Nitto B123AA NJS bars
Wheels: Araya Gold NJS rims(36 hole) with Hoshi NJS Aero spokes
Pedals: MKS Custom Nuevo
Saddle: Fizik Arione
Weight: No Idea, not important for this build
When did you buy it?
Ordered it in 2020, kit arrived on my doorstep in July of 2021! What made you choose this bike? Cherubim posted on Instagram last year that Shinichi would be making a limited run of 3Rensho frames using 3 Rensho lug sets. Shinichi Konno is the nephew of 3Rensho builder Yoshi Konno and runs the Cherubim brand.
Have you done any modifications/additions to it?
How many miles/kilometres do you do a year?
10-12000 miles on average.
What do you love about this bike?
The fact that it is nearly (saddle and tires are not) a full NJS build on a brand I never thought I’d be able to get new since Yoshi Konno was paralyzed in an accident in 1995. Being a lifelong trackie and all around bike nut, I’ve always wanted a 3Rensho.
Favourite riding areas?
I live in Seattle and the riding available to me here is outstanding.
Top riding experience on your bike?
Riding a Century around Lake Cayuga with my wife.
Future upgrades? On this bike…
Thanks to Matt for sharing his ride with us. Got a bike that you walk into the room just to stare at? Well how about sharing it with fellow PEZ fans and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we can all stare at it! Send us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to [email protected] and your bike could be featured in all its glory here on the pages of PEZ.