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Old 06-25-09, 03:40 PM   #1
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Nishiki Maxima (Italian Made), Just Picked up!!! 56k warning

So this guy posted an ad on CL about a Nishiki that needed some work, and in the description there was written "campangolo dropouts." rushing to throw on some pants, I called the guy and made an hour-round-trip to meet him and paid him all i had (58 bucks!). Found out it was a Nishiki Maxima, supposedly made by Colnago.

I am really happy. i cant wait to ride it when its done!


I brought it back, and just gave it a quick photoshoot before the clean-up/restoration process.

Avocet Headset
Sakae Four Sir Bars,
Gran-Compe Brakes,
Suntour Cyclone Derailleurs, Levers,
Campy dropouts,
Sugino BB w/SR Cranks
Kyokuto Pro VicII Pedals
Specialized Hubs Laced to G40 Mavic Rims
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+a big smile on my face.







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Old 06-25-09, 03:41 PM   #2
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More pics here: http://picasaweb.google.com/syassami/NishikiMaxima#
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Wow, nice find! I just lurrrv Nishikis! You'll need to include this in the Nishiki serial number database.

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yes i def will, tmar will love it
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Not to rain on your parade, but in the first picture, it looks like the bike has suffered a front crash; the down tube near the head tube looks bent.
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Not to rain on your parade, but in the first picture, it looks like the bike has suffered a front crash; the down tube near the head tube looks bent.
Seems so, is it still rideable?


in the cleaning process (self made bike hangar)

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Great find. I'm jealous!!!
I know in the early 80s Nishiki had the Cervino that was made in Italy and some here doubted that they (Nishiki) had sold Italian sourced bikes. I had heard of the Maxima, but was not aware that it too was made in Italy. Thanks for sharing.
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Seems so, is it still rideable?
It should be ridable as long as the tire still clears the down tube (steel is pretty forgiving). But it won't ride in the way it was designed to ride. Is there a shop or builder in your area who might be able to roll out the damage?
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thanks roccobike, and one more thing, i cant find a serial anywhere on this bike!

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It should be ridable as long as the tire still clears the down tube (steel is pretty forgiving). But it won't ride in the way it was designed to ride. Is there a shop or builder in your area who might be able to roll out the damage?
yea, the tire clears the downtube fine, ill look for a builder local to OC, or see if my LBS can do anything about it.

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I don't think it will "roll out" and you might be doing more harm than good if you try. If it rides well, just ride it as-is...check periodically to make sure no crack develops...enjoy it for what it is. NICE BIKE, just a bit injured.
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in cleaning process..
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rear freewheel is looking great! Oxalic acid is the stuff!

idk if you can see much of the rust it had in this pic, but you can get an idea.

here is what it looks like now.
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If a Japanese bike is made in Italy, is it still Japanese?
(I mean, does it matter if a Japanese bike is not made in Japan?)

ANyways, nice score!

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Back in the early 1980s, when I bought my Nishiki Ultimate, I saw a Maxima frame in the LBS. The shop owner told me it was made by Colnago. I've never seen a complete bike and wonder if it was ever sold complete, or just as a frame. BOBSONATOR'S only appears to have a Campag SR crankset, the rest of the components being a mish-mash of Japanese stuff. Either the good stuff has been replaced, or it never came as a complete bike.
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Old 06-27-09, 01:51 PM   #15
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If a Japanese bike is made in Italy, is it still Japanese?
If this came as a frame only, would it even have been in Japan? Or perhaps, these were just sent to Japan for painting. And what would have been the purpose of these frames? I just wonder if Nishiki might have had ideas of sponsoring a racing team. Back in the day, racing Peugeots ridden by the big guns in the Tour de France were often built by Colnago.
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thanks for the light oldyellr!
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If a Japanese bike is made in Italy, is it still Japanese?
Good one! Now riddle me this: If an Italian bike made in Taiwan is not worth as much as those made in Italy (e.g. Bianchi Campione) is a Japanese bike made in Italy worth less than it's Japanese counterpart?
AND: Does anyone care?
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Nice looking bike. I did not know Nishiki's were ever made in Italy. Wonder how many were made?
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There currently is a Nishiki Maxima frame on ebay
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=320391139617

It started out as a 23 inch frame, but has been changed to a 26 inch frame after someone asked about it.
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I saw that too nigheyez, 26 frame is for a big boy.

and according to this pic, its columbus tubing (sticker)

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Nice bike!! 56k warning? The pics aren't that big, and there aren't that many of them?,,,,BD
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Columbus tubing? Is that a good thing, or a bad thing?
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Columbus tubing? Is that a good thing, or a bad thing?
Should be a good thing depending on what type of columbus it is. EDIT: i think its SL based on t-mar's post back in 08

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Definitely one of the most desirable Nishiki and a great deal. Nishiki had at least 3 Italian bicycles, the Cervino, Maxima and Ultima, all from the early to mid 1980s and generally uncataloged. If you've got a catalog that includes the Maxima, I'd love to see it.

However, while these bicycles used Campagnolo dropouts and Columbus SLtubing (SP on larger models - yours might be SP based on the apparent frame size) on the few I've seen and owned, they are not all Italian. One model, and I believe it's your Maxima, has English threading and was actually manufactured in Japan. The origin of the Italian models has been the subject of some discussion with Colnago, Olmo and Viner being suggested.

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Cool. I have a bid on the ebay frame. I bid on it when it was listed as a 23 inch frame. So I am sure it will be too big for me now, but I would like to build it up anyway.
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I've got one of those! I bought the frame w/o fork in 1984 and rode it in a variety of configurations until 2001. Still got it, maybe I'll bid on the E-bay one just for the fork!
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