Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Nishiki Alien

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Rochester NY
    My Bikes
    Dahon folder, Santana tandem, Trek triathlon, Haro MTB
    Posts
    38
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Nishiki Alien

    Here's a Nishiki Alien with unusual frame geometry. Suntour XCE rear derailleur and crank. Shimano 600 headsetTange Prism tubing, paint pretty good. Any info on value would be appreciated.
    Thanks.

    Nishiki Alien-2..jpgNishiki Alien-3..jpgNishiki Alien-1..jpg

  2. #2
    DRF aka Thrifty Bill wrk101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    The NC Mountains
    My Bikes
    Too many to list, all vintage
    Posts
    19,455
    Mentioned
    57 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    MTB that needs some TLC = not much value. As a keeper, it would be an interesting bike with the very unusual frame style. If you are trying to sell it, I would clean it really good, air up the tires, replace any rusty cables, and then sell in the $100 to $150 max range. As is, not much. Worth your time if you are the seller to do a little clean up. As a buyer, should be able to get it for $40 to $50 in as is condition.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    9,997
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    That appears to be an original 1989 Alien frame. The elevated chainstay design caused quite a fuss for a few years, then largely died away, at least for hardtails. Thes were originally equipped with Shimano Deore XT-II and sold for $1000 US. SunTour XCE is quite a step down and would have knocked the retail price in almost half. I don't know what the Rochester market is like, nor the mechanical condition (outside of apparently flat and cheap tures) but cosmetically it appears surpisingly clean.

  4. #4
    Bike Junkie roccobike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
    My Bikes
    Giant OCR-C, Specialized Tarmac, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 05 Rockhopper, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 01 Bianchi Campione, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount, 97 Lemond
    Posts
    8,928
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The Alien was the top of the line MTB for Nishiki that year. The bike you're looking at has the rounded tubing that I believe is steel. In 1990 through 93, the Alien had box/rectangular tubing and was made of aluminum. The later Aliens still bring nice bucks on ebay if you can find one with the headtube not cracked. The steel model was downgraded to the second place model in the 1990 line-up. The Ariel and the Cascade shared the steel frame.
    If you add a nice suspension fork and some decent brakes, like V brakes those elevated chain stay bikes make great rides on single track as they have great handling charachteristics, very stable. I compared mine directly to a same vintage (1992) Trek 8500. The Trek had a superior Rock Shox air fork but couldn't come close to the handling of the Nishiki. Here's a pic I took last year out at Harris Lake park of my 92 Ariel. Note how similar it is to the 89 Alien. I believe the frames are identical.
    Roccobike BF Official Thread Terminator

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •