Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    93
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Late 80s early 90s Nishiki Tri-A: What's Stock?

    I'm going to be picking up this Tri-A tomorrow and was wondering if anyone one knew what was stock on these. Brakes, levers, drive train, and cranks are all Suntour GPX which I assume is definitely stock. What I'm most curious about is the saddle, pedals, and stem. These pedals look to be crap and definitely a late entry, saddle is Specialized and also not original. I'm also suspicious of the stem, as one does not often see a riser on a racing frame. Does anyone know what was original to this model? I always like to bring'em back to factory settings....

    Over in the "what's it worth," someone suggested this was a 1989, any confirmation on this would be great too.


    DSC_0036.jpg

  2. #2
    Senior Member mikemowbz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Vancouver, BC
    My Bikes
    Are several.
    Posts
    854
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Too bad about the pedals not matching the rest of the group - I just picked up some GPX pedals, which are really cool, very big platform and take toe clips very nicely. What are the ones on there? Look a bit like MKS AR-2s (which are quite decent), but a lot of pedals look like that.

    You can see what the GPX pedals look like in this scan from the catalogue entry on the GPX group (which may be of some interest to you generally):

    http://equusbicycle.com/bike/suntour...GPX-page-2.jpg

    Saddle looks newer to me, but I really don't know. Ditto for the stem. But I'm sure others have ideas...
    Last edited by mikemowbz; 04-30-12 at 12:44 PM.

  3. #3
    Senior Member Andycapp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Puyallup, WA
    My Bikes
    Tommasini Super Prestige, Kamra Triathlee, Nishiki Tri-A equipe', Sakai 2000
    Posts
    446
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have an '87 Tri-A 'equipe'. It's came stock with Shimano 600 and Sante' shifters and derailleurs. The non 'equipe' model this year was full 600. Unlike yours mine has lugs all around. A buddy of mine has an '89 Nishiki International with the same frame as yours with the mono seat-stay and fillet-brazed construction. His also came with Suntour GPX components and says 'Performance Equipe' on the down tube. I'll check what stem he has next time I see him. My bike came with a stem (pretty sure it's a re-branded SR, I'll check when I get home) that has an "N" on the front like this-

    nishiki_riviera_gt_stem.jpg

    You should be able to determine the year using the date code on you components. Look for two letters on the back side of your rear derailleur and look it up here - http://www.vintage-trek.com/component_dates.htm

    As far as the saddle goes, I have no idea what would have been stock, but I'd go with something 'period' and comfy as this was/is the first thing we change for personal preference anyway.

    -Andy

  4. #4
    Bianchi Goddess Bianchigirll's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Camp Hill, PA
    My Bikes
    Too many to list here check my signature.
    Posts
    20,223
    Mentioned
    34 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis, '79 Mixte SOLD, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '86 Bertoni (sold), '09 Motobecane SS, '98 Hetchins M.O., '09 K2 Mainframe, '89 Trek 2000, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

  5. #5
    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
    8,940
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have very little information specific to 1989. However, although the Tri-A was not available in 1988, I can tell you that in 1988, that level Nishiki would have had a "Vetta Racing" saddle. In 2001, the Vetta Gel was found on all the mid and upper level road and MTBs. It's a good bet that if you put a Vetta on there, it will look original. White or Black, either will do, but white is REALLY hard to find.
    Edit: No way that's the original stem.
    Roccobike BF Official Thread Terminator

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    93
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Bianchigirll - I'm going to have to figure out how to size my own photos so you stop having to do it for me....

    I'll check those numbers on the rear derailleur. I also think that even if they weren't stock, getting a pair of the GPX pedals would round out the components into the full group nicely. But, it would still be nice if the pedals on there aren't complete junk so I can use them elsewhere.

    Andycapp - That would be great! I figured this stem was definitely an add-on, and an SR would make sense, but I thought Nitto, 3t, or Cinelli were also a possibilities.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    93
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    So, the derailleurs are stamped "EG" for July 1988, making this either a 1988 or 1989, if roccobike is correct in that they didn't offer a Tri-A in 1988, then it is definitely a 1989.

    One more question. If I was to replace the brake lever hoods, what model of the currently available replacement hoods would fit? Can I make due with any of the Hudz stuff, for example, or will this not work?

  8. #8
    Senior Member Andycapp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Puyallup, WA
    My Bikes
    Tommasini Super Prestige, Kamra Triathlee, Nishiki Tri-A equipe', Sakai 2000
    Posts
    446
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Sorry for the short notice, but here's you stem - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nishiki-Badg...#ht_500wt_1413

  9. #9
    Senior Member RobbieTunes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    15,182
    Mentioned
    33 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    No modern hoods are exact fits, and Shimano's aren't as close as the Dia Compe aero hoods.
    A little trimming with a razor knife may work out just fine. If the hoods are black and just faded, consider dyeing them.

    Robbie ♪♫♪...☻

    Perhaps you didn't really hear what you thought I said...
    ...or maybe you did, and that's why you're so mad.


    1979 Centurion Semi Pro
    1982 Lotus Classique
    1986 De Rosa Professional SLX
    1987 D'Arienzo (Basso) SLX
    1995 Hot Tubes TT
    1998 Kestrel KM 40 Airfoil
    2006 Cinelli XLR8R-2
    2011 Eddy Merckx EMX3
    2014 Wraith Hustle

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    93
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Crap.....totally missed that stem Andycapp, thanks for the heads up though. Oh well, the wife seems to like the riser, so for now, I suppose I'll let her use it...

    The hoods are servicable, I think I might take a little cleaner to them to get some of the sticky off, but no major rips or tears, so hopefully they'll last a bit.

    Went with a pair of matching GPX pedals.

Posting Permissions

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