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Old 09-19-08, 09:42 AM   #1
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'93(??) Miyata Trailrunner AlumiTech (longish post)

Forgive me if this bike is not classic yet. I'm a newbie so I don't know all the proper terms for all the bike components either.

I'm looking for info on the bike Ibought used yesterday.

If this is the wrong forum, please direct me to the correct one.

I would like to know more about this bike and the quality of the components on it. Such as what year is it from? Is this a decent bike for a commuter or should I leave it as at mountain bike and fix up my 20+ year old road bike?

I'm a beginner and would like to use this bike for commuting to work on "nice" days. It's less that 2 km (1.5 miles) downhill in the morning and uphill in the afternoon. The Original owner says it weighs 14kg (31lbs) with all the accessories shown. Is that good?

Last night I spent some time documenting all the parts that I could find. Here is the list. Are these low/med/high end components?

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Frame: AlumiTech 6000 Aluminum Presurised Adhesive (APA)

Front Brakes: Shimano Deore LX
Front Hub: Shimano Deore LX hb-m550
Front Tire: Ritchey MegaBite 2.0
Front Wheel: Araya 26x1.50 HE VP-20 (Japan)
Gooseneck: Sakae
Handlebars: Sakae MT
Shifters: Shimano Deore LX STI
Forks = Crome moly

Seat: Avocet mountain M30 Spenco gel
Seat Clamp: Sakae (SR)
Seat post: 26 8 Japan SR F-89
Pedals: Shimano Deore LX

Water Bottle:
Pump:
Light: Halogen Cateye

Back Brakes: Shimano Deore LX
Rear hub: Shimano Deore LX SH-M550
Rear Wheel: Araya 26x1.5 HE VP-20
Rear derailleur cable: Shimano SIS 5P (or is it SP?)
Crank: Shimano Deore LX (VIA 175)
Crank Gear Shimano SG C-46, C-36, C-24 (For narrow chain only)
Crank derailleur: Shimano Deore LX
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Old 09-19-08, 09:56 AM   #2
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If I remember correctly thats a 1987 model and its components were either 1 or 2 levels down from Shimanos top of the line XT. It was aso available in a 2-tone black and silver.

I'd say the componets are mid to high end for '87.

I own that same bike except mines a very rare two tone green/white.
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Nice bike. The deore LX group indicates it was an mid-upper level bike when new. It will be great for commuting. My recomendation is to put some skinnier, slick tires on it. This will make it a lot easier to ride on the street. Also, it looks like it is a few years earlier than '93. probably '90 or '91
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If I remember correctly thats a 1987 model and its components were either 1 or 2 levels down from Shimanos top of the line XT. It was aso available in a 2-tone black and silver.

I'd say the componets are mid to high end for '87.

I own that same bike except mines a very rare two tone green/white.

Awsome info, thank you. So it's even more vintage than I thought. It's in really good shape the orignal owner only took it out a few times and it was kept in a dry basement the whole time.

As an experience cyclist, how do you like your two tone green/white one?

I just finished a test commute to my workplace. I'm a little out of breath. 7 min down and about 20 min up the hill back home. Even though I play soccer twice a week, I'm a little out of breath.


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Nice bike. The deore LX group indicates it was an mid-upper level bike when new. It will be great for commuting. My recomendation is to put some skinnier, slick tires on it. This will make it a lot easier to ride on the street. Also, it looks like it is a few years earlier than '93. probably '90 or '91
Thanks for the info. I'm going to look into the cost for new tires. I have the existing ones pumped up to 60 PSI, I can feel every crack on the road but to me anyways, it rolls pretty well. I bet it will even be better with slick tires as you are suggesting which I will look into shortly.



I have a question about wet weather braking: Today on my trial run commute to work, it's 60% downhill and I think I was hitting at least 60km/h (40mph) on that hill. Are the current brake setup up to the task in wet weather? Or should I be upgrading to something else?
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Hi

I have several rides alike yours. Some full alu, some with carbon front, some with steel tail. They are great, well made frames. Not the lightest, but sturdy performers you can have a lot fun with. Here the anniversary model with gold plating =>



You can also view your bike in the catalogues overhere

It is from the same year as my gold one, 1990. Your bike has a steel tail. It is pre '91 typical. 1991 was the final year for this type of frame. There were some modifications for 1991: OS headtube, full tt cablerouting, tapered stays, slimmer dropouts (for the bonded tails), cut outs in bb yoke and intergrated chainsuck teeth.

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Hi

I have several rides alike yours. Some full alu, some with carbon front, some with steel tail. They are great, well made frames. Not the lightest, but sturdy performers you can have a lot fun with. Here the anniversary model with gold plating =>



You can also view your bike in the catalogues overhere
Wow, that is an impressive looking frame. Thank you for the link to the catalogues.

This place is a gem!
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I have a question about wet weather braking: Today on my trial run commute to work, it's 60% downhill and I think I was hitting at least 60km/h (40mph) on that hill. Are the current brake setup up to the task in wet weather? Or should I be upgrading to something else?
Hmm.. for me brakes like yours will do if properly adjusted and with proper pads. I also go off road in both dry and wet. In rain their performance is not as good. Personally I am more carefull anyway as rainy conditions are overall more demanding from material, myself etc. In snow the brakes will not work at all.
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Thanks for your insight. I'm going to test these brakes out carefully on more level ground. Last thing I want to do is go full out down that steep hill and then find out at the bottom that the brakes don't work well enough in the rain.
I'm looking though the catalogs now, looking for my bike. Very cool.
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Nice bike. The deore LX group indicates it was an mid-upper level bike when new. It will be great for commuting. My recomendation is to put some skinnier, slick tires on it. This will make it a lot easier to ride on the street. Also, it looks like it is a few years earlier than '93. probably '90 or '91

I concur, it appears to be a circa 1990 model. I use a converted ATB from this period for my commuter. Conversion to high pressure slicks are the way to go. My other additions include bar end extensions (which will make those climbs on the return trip much easier) a rear rack with panniers, fenders and a good lighting system with a flashing tail light.
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Dude that EXACTLY Like My old trailrunner....That is a 1990...and they are cherished bt their owners!!
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I concur, it appears to be a circa 1990 model. I use a converted ATB from this period for my commuter. Conversion to high pressure slicks are the way to go. My other additions include bar end extensions (which will make those climbs on the return trip much easier) a rear rack with panniers, fenders and a good lighting system with a flashing tail light.
I'm so glad I pulled the trigger on this bike. It aready has a catseye Halogen headlight and a kick stand and I'm looking into prices for the other items you recommend.

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Dude that EXACTLY Like My old trailrunner....That is a 1990...and they are cherished bt their owners!!
I just verified that it is a 1990 model looking at the catalog that someone or many were nice enough to share online. Then I read your message. I think I'm going to be very happy with this bike.
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