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    A Carbon Fiber Miyata - Trail Runner Carbon

    Picked this up a month or two ago but haven't had a chance to ride it much. I haven't really been able to find any info on this model, I'm guessing it was a European model. The serial number starts with a U which should make the frame a 1992, but by then all of the USA mountain bikes had moved to the Elevation naming. It has all Deore LX components (aside from the DX shifters) and they're from different months in 1991.

    Edit: Also, it looks like the 100 logo on the chainstay has what is apparently Dutch writing:

    Miyata, 100 drs inbyggt cykellkunnande!

    It seems very similar to the Miyata "Century" MTB from the 1990 catalog (it even has the 100 decal on the chainstay) but without the gold lugs and the fork has mid-fork low-rider rack mounts. Kind of a mix between the Century and the Trail Runner of that year, but with different decals. If anyone has any non-US miyata catalog scans or has seen one of these before, I'd love to have some more information.

    I took it out for a ride today on some dirt trails in Balboa Park. I was considering selling it but it felt great and was a lot of fun so I may hang on to it for a while. Here are some pictures when I first got it out this morning, kind of dusty from sitting for a month or two.











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    THAT is very cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclotoine View Post
    THAT is very cool!
    +1 I've seen photos of that bike before. Great find.

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    Thanks guys! Here are some pictures from earlier today of it "in the wild":










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    Keep it, very cool bike.

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    Cool bike, nice photos. Thanks for posting. Thinking I should move to Cali... the grass is always greener.

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    I recently picked up a carbon road miyata. If yours rides anything like mine keep it
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyblair22 View Post
    I recently picked up a carbon road miyata. If yours rides anything like mine keep it
    Nice! Those headtube and downtube decals look identical to mine. What model is that? Do you know the year (or the first letter of the serial)?

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    Amazing.

    I find it interesting that there was a brief period where hybrids were so profligate you could find them with carbon fiber and dura-ace. Weird times.
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    Absolutely superb! It is a bike for the Scandanavian market.

    Your bike looks the like 1990 Century, but it is later and it is an evolution of the 1990 frames. For example your stays are tapered and the drop outs slimmer. There is weight saving done on the bottom bracket lug including chain suck teeth. Moreover the shell is 73m wide. The headtube is 1-1/8" instead of 1". The routing for the mechs run over the toptube with your frame. Here some 1990 Century vs 1991 Miyata Team close ups to show the differences:



    Beefy drop outs vs svelte drop outs (aluminum tail in this case):



    Only brake cable over toptube vs all cables over toptube:



    Also notice that with the 1991 Team frame the frameparts sit attached with bolts and rivits to the rear triangle. With the Century it is welded. With your steel tail it is brazed.
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    I really like the looks of that bike. Keep it and enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oregon Southpaw View Post
    Amazing.

    I find it interesting that there was a brief period where hybrids were so profligate you could find them with carbon fiber and dura-ace. Weird times.
    It's not a hybrid. It's a pure MTB. The weird times are now where we've come to start calling these rigid MTB from the 80's and 90's 'hybrids'.

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    Oh woww... these are pretty...

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    Quote Originally Posted by liquefied View Post
    It's not a hybrid. It's a pure MTB. The weird times are now where we've come to start calling these rigid MTB from the 80's and 90's 'hybrids'.
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by mainstreetexile View Post
    Nice! Those headtube and downtube decals look identical to mine. What model is that? Do you know the year (or the first letter of the serial)?
    I think its a 1990 3000
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    Elev12k, good eye, I knew you would have some great info to add! Thanks for posting the other detailed photos, it's nice to see how they evolved over a few years and to see where mine fits in.

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