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    90's Koga Miyata

    Here's my recently built mid-90s NOS Koga Miyata Forerunner lugged steel, triple butted frame that I recently got from ebay. It has various modern parts like SRAM 9.0sl shifters, 7.0 9 speed cassette, MC-572 LX cranks, Avid V-brakes, Geax Sturdy 2.1 tires. I did a 17 mile backroads ride with it yesterday on New Years day and I really love it.

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    OK, I attached the picture from my hard drive but it didn't post. What did I miss here? Here's the url from uploading it to mtbr.com: https://gallery.consumerreview.com/w..._2_03compr.jpg

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    I've talked to that guy a few times. He's very helpful.
    As I understand it, he's unloading all the remaining Miyatas after the company went belly up. Mostly NOS stuff and a really good deal.
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    That sounds about right.
    Did you get the black and 'paint dab' Elevation frame as well? Heavy frames, they better be straight!

    I asked him if he had any old Ridge Runner Teams...I want to go Herbold Replica.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    I've talked to that guy a few times. He's very helpful.
    As I understand it, he's unloading all the remaining Miyatas after the company went belly up. Mostly NOS stuff and a really good deal.
    Yeah, his ebay username is "eencore", I recommend him highly. I've now bought 3 NOS Miyata frames from him on ebay, all right around $50-60 each too. The other 2 are bonded aluminum frames that I really like. The one that I've built up rides amazingly steel-like. All are actually quite modern with 135mm rear axle spacing. The really nice thing about the old Miyatas is that they are very well crafted and straight frames.

    Miyata USA used to be headquartered in SLC, like eencore's shop is. Someone must have bought a large quantity from them after they went under. Interestingly, Dutch-Japanese company Koga-Miyata now has a new US distributor as of recently. http://www.kogausa.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    That sounds about right.
    Did you get the black and 'paint dab' Elevation frame as well? Heavy frames, they better be straight!

    I asked him if he had any old Ridge Runner Teams...I want to go Herbold Replica.
    Well this particular steel bike isn't a super-lightweight for sure. I'd guess somewhere around 5 to 5.25 lbs. A lot lighter than my Surly Instigator frame anyway. It was originally sold as a 26" wheeled touring bike I think. It has pump pegs, long chainstays and grounding lugs for the light system etc., in addition to the lugged construction. The aluminum ones aren't as heavy. I never weighed the first one but I'd guess it's around 4 to 4.25 lbs. and the Elevation 5000 I have is weighed at 4 lbs. 10 oz. and it has a lot beefier "lugs" that the tubes are glued into than the first one.

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    Miyata RidgeRunner Team

    Ive got one. I'll try and post a pic later. Its in pretty good shape.

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    Greg Herbold Signature Team bike

    I also have what looks to be a 1991 Miyata Team. its got Herbolds signature on the top tube. Its lugged aluminum. No welds anywhere. Pretty cool frame. Great feeling bike.

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    You've got mail. I'm quite curious!


    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    I also have what looks to be a 1991 Miyata Team. its got Herbolds signature on the top tube. Its lugged aluminum. No welds anywhere. Pretty cool frame. Great feeling bike.
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    Titanium Miyata on ebay

    There's a nice looking titanium Miyata on ebay right now. Opening bid is a little unrealistic though.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ayphotohosting

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    That ti Miyata's is back on ebay with a starting price of $299: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&category=7297

    There's also a load of NOS Miyata frames there now too: http://search.ebay.com/search/search...bine=y&from=R9

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    prologue

    Hello guys

    I am looking at those NOS miyata prologue on ebay.
    any thoughts? thanks for reading.

    joe

    Quote Originally Posted by tl1
    That ti Miyata's is back on ebay with a starting price of $299: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&category=7297

    There's also a load of NOS Miyata frames there now too: http://search.ebay.com/search/search...bine=y&from=R9

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfaman
    Hello guys

    I am looking at those NOS miyata prologue on ebay.
    any thoughts? thanks for reading.

    joe
    I'm not familiar with that particular frame but you'll have no worries with that seller: I've bought three NOS Miyatas from him. In general though, all of those Miyatas are Japanese made and very high quality. You'll of course pay a slight weight penalty over an aluminum frame but it'll ride great.

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    Is Koga/Miyata the same company as Miyata?
    I remember checking out old German bike mags and the Koga/Miyatas they had looked nothing like the carbon/alu, alu/alu, steel, tripplebutted steel, Miyata frames that are so common here in Sweden.

    Anyway.. Ive always wanted a carbon/alu bonded Miyata frame. If I can find the one that was goldplated (I think, some parts of the frame was gold something) I would probably ask the guy on the street if he wanted to sell his 10 year old bike for 500 kronor.. about 60 bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erkan
    Is Koga/Miyata the same company as Miyata?
    I remember checking out old German bike mags and the Koga/Miyatas they had looked nothing like the carbon/alu, alu/alu, steel, tripplebutted steel, Miyata frames that are so common here in Sweden.

    Anyway.. Ive always wanted a carbon/alu bonded Miyata frame. If I can find the one that was goldplated (I think, some parts of the frame was gold something) I would probably ask the guy on the street if he wanted to sell his 10 year old bike for 500 kronor.. about 60 bucks.
    As I understand it Miyata made and exported high quality, Japanese made frames until the value of the yen made that unprofitable. They then folded up shop in the USA around the mid-nineties. Koga-Miyata is a Dutch/Japanese venture, Koga being the Dutch part. It looks like most of their bikes are now built in Taiwan/China.

    Those old splined tubing, triple butted, lugged, steel frames are a thing of the past it looks like, though they still make some lugged steel road frames. The glued carbon, titanium and aluminum ones that you mentioned (and that I love too) are no longer made.
    Check out this older carbon one though: https://www.dli.ch/Hobbies/Bikes/Tra...%20Information

    I'm still trying to figure this crank out that's on it: https://www.dli.ch/Hobbies/Bikes/Tra...e/MVC-236F.JPG

    https://www.koga.com/
    https://www.kogausa.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by tl1
    As I understand it Miyata made and exported high quality, Japanese made frames until the value of the yen made that unprofitable. They then folded up shop in the USA around the mid-nineties. Koga-Miyata is a Dutch/Japanese venture, Koga being the Dutch part. It looks like most of their bikes are now built in Taiwan/China.

    Those old splined tubing, triple butted, lugged, steel frames are a thing of the past it looks like, though they still make some lugged steel road frames. The glued carbon, titanium and aluminum ones that you mentioned (and that I love too) are no longer made.
    Check out this older carbon one though: https://www.dli.ch/Hobbies/Bikes/Tra...%20Information

    I'm still trying to figure this crank out that's on it: https://www.dli.ch/Hobbies/Bikes/Tra...e/MVC-236F.JPG

    https://www.koga.com/
    https://www.kogausa.com/
    Good lord!
    That crank can't be a good idea.
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    a good idea . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Good lord!
    That crank can't be a good idea.
    and the clothes . . . retro perhaps? a good idea I'm not entirely sure.

    Disco 80's meets cycling spandex fashion - - - head on.

    The bike sure is cool though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tl1
    As I understand it Miyata made and exported high quality, Japanese made frames until the value of the yen made that unprofitable. They then folded up shop in the USA around the mid-nineties. Koga-Miyata is a Dutch/Japanese venture, Koga being the Dutch part. It looks like most of their bikes are now built in Taiwan/China.

    Those old splined tubing, triple butted, lugged, steel frames are a thing of the past it looks like, though they still make some lugged steel road frames. The glued carbon, titanium and aluminum ones that you mentioned (and that I love too) are no longer made.
    Thanks for the info!

    I had a splined tubed Miyata once, it was the same bike that Herbold won the DH worlds something on. The blue/white one but with a one inch steerer. Though I dont have it anymore I did like the lugs. Lugs on a mountainbike really looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tl1

    Check out this older carbon one though: http://www.dli.ch/Hobbies/Bikes/Trav...%20Information
    Hmm no doubt about it, Koga Miyata is the same as Miyata
    That frame look awesome in size 17/18 and in classic Herbold 93 style with Answer/Ringle stuff.

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    Thinking of a repaint of my 1990 Valley Runner. Still stock gray. This has been a great bike. Tough and versatile. I could switch to 650B or even 700C. But I like fat 26" for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KogaValleyRunner View Post
    Thinking of a repaint of my 1990 Valley Runner. Still stock gray. This has been a great bike. Tough and versatile. I could switch to 650B or even 700C. But I like fat 26" for now.
    That looks really nice. Levers kinda high for you? Is the paint that bad? Looks good from far, far away. Great vintage boom box as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    That looks really nice. Levers kinda high for you? Is the paint that bad? Looks good from far, far away. Great vintage boom box as well.
    Thanks. Ive had this bike for over 10 years, and I guess I'm just bored with the paint. Thinking of a powder blue. Bars and stem are new. Mounted them high, and will lower them once I the temperature allows a little riding. I just stumbled across the pictures of that Valley Runner in the Gulf racing colors. Very cool, but a little too modern for my build. In the end, the bike is a great ride, and I just want to get out and peel off the miles!
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