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Old 08-31-05, 02:43 PM   #1
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Nishiki Bikes???

One of my co-workers asked me what I knew about this bike, I don't know crap, I had to research the internet and I found info from back in the 90's.
Does anyone know anything about this name of bike???
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Old 08-31-05, 02:59 PM   #2
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they're pretty popular with the fixed and ss crew.
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Aww thanks I have a friend who is a SS'r. Thanks I'll ask him.
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I had one, nothing really special, but an OK beginner level bike.
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I love my Nishiki Olympic, true that it's nothing special but it handles great.
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Decent bike.

If it's an older road bike, your co-worked might have issues with upgrading components. The spacing between the rear dropouts -- where the skewer of the rear wheel goes -- might be too narrow for newer parts. If it's a steel frame, there are lots of places here that can widen the spacing.

What's the function of the bike? What condition is it in?
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One of my co-workers asked me what I knew about this bike, I don't know crap, I had to research the internet and I found info from back in the 90's.
Does anyone know anything about this name of bike???

Any particular model name or interesting characteristics of note?
A lot of Nishikis can be found on ebay. Maybe you can find a match there, and then locate all relevant info elsewhere once you've got the model name.


I ride a Nishiki Linear TT frame in pursuit mode and love it.
It's also a brand of rice.
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Old 08-31-05, 04:08 PM   #8
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Had a Nishiki International and a Superbe... both were pretty nice for the price. Suntour and Shimano components...

This was back in the '80s.

Wife still has her International.
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The older ones were good bikes. My ex girl friend has one. She has been riding it since '79
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I got a Nishiki Altron frame (welded 7000-series aluminium) after tearing apart my Peugeot Comete. Much stuffer and stronger bike.
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Re: Nishiki brand. (at least what I know of it)

NISHIKI was (is?) a brand name used by NORCO in Canada so they could distribute through competing dealers esentially the same bicycles. Their other brand was FIORI which was laid to rest in the mid 90's. Made in Asia and "assembled" in Vancouver to avoid import duties. Very good quality bikes with quality components in the $250-$1000 price range with models generally matching an equivalent Norco bicycle.
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Old 08-31-05, 05:17 PM   #12
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I can't recall the specific Nishiki model - it was low end - but it was my first road bike. Bought it in the early 80's and rode it til the early 90s when I adopted my wife's Moto. My wife's Moto was an upgrade from an Azuki (which I think became Nishiki). That was her first road bike back in the 70s.
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Old 08-31-05, 05:19 PM   #13
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I had a Nishiki Olympic before also. That was until it got stolen.
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Friend has a Nishiki Sport - late 70's model by my guesses with SunTour Sprint equipment. Frame looked like it was typical of heavy 1020 steel frames of the day. There were better ones I'm sure as others have said.
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I had a Nishiki Custom Sport in the mid 80's. Good basic road bike. Very solid.
Gave if away to the Salvation Army a few years ago, but lately I've been wishing I had kept it and refitted it.
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I pulled a Nishiki Marina out of the trash 7 years ago. It is low or mid end and really old (cotter cranks, centerpulls, clamp on this and that, 27 inch wheels), but it looked so sad waiting for the garbage truck. I am looking at it right now hanging from repair stand. It sports a ss fix free 700 cc rear, 600 crank, cow horns and a brooks. Everything original had been scrapped and replace except for the kick stand It is a tank, but rides nice, puts a smile on my face everytime! A old bike is what you've done on it and what you've put into it. CHEERS!
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Here's a picture of my Nishiki Cascade which I bought back in 1992 - no suspension, but the raised chain-stays give it great ground-clearance.

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I bought myself a Nishiki Olympic 12 in '80 as a reward to myself for graduating college. As I recall, it was a tad over $300.

Commuted it, raced it, toured it, upgraded it. The frame was just a tad bit whippy for me, but not too bad. The front rack helped with this a lot.

When it was stolen, I cried. It was an "Olympic 21" by that time and the only original part left was the frame.

Good bike, great memories.

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I had a '71 Nishiki Safari. It was my first bike. It had 1 1/4 inch tires. Was a little on the heavy side, but put together well, and served me well for many years. I took a bunch of road trips on it.
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I have two Nishiki hybrids. Nishiki bikes are quite popular around here. They used to have a web site, but I cannot seem to find it now. www.nishiki.com takes you to the Roseversand home page (a big German LBS and a web shop), they seem to have an extensive range of current models available.

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My team had a Nishiki sponsorship in the late 80s. I had a 1987 Comp III and a 1988 Team. The Comp III came with Suntour Superbe components and the Team was a frameset. Both bikes had very steep geometry. I broke the Comp III through the left rear dropout and the Team broke through the downtube. We broke a lot of them racing.

They were imported by West Coast Cycles, IIRC.
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I still ride a Nishiki TrI-A that I purchased new in 1985 at Daniel Boone Cycles in Houston for about $600. It has the Shimano 600 group and Araya rims. Over the years I've had to replace wear items like the freewheel, chain, chainwheel, tires, etc. but it still runs great and fits me perfectly, so why buy a new bike? Model colors for that year were black/yellow (mine) and pink/yellow. In 1986, a blue/white color scheme was added for the Tri-A, I believe. Also in 1986, a top of the line model appeared, the Team Issue, with the Dura-Ace component group.
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I grew up in Vancouver, and used to see a lot of Nishiki bikes, but nearly always older ones, not later than 1992 or so. I'm not totally sure, but i think for a long time, the Norco brand was mostly used on low end stuff, so perhaps Nishiki was used for the mid-range to high end models? Interesting that the name sounds Japanese - more than likely the bikes were made in Japan, but it's interesting that a Canadian company would choose a Japanese sounding brand name.

Anyway, Nishiki bikes ranged from road racers to mountain bikes, so it's not much to go on to say that a bike is a Nishiki, any more than it is to say that the bike is a 'Trek'.
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I have a 1986 Nishiki Sport that I bought for $50 in 1999. It was money well spent. The Sport came with a lugged 4130 ChroMoly frame, Araya wheels, Suntour, Sugino and Maillard components. Swapped the steel seat-post and handlebar with alluminum replacements, chucked the "suicide" brake levers in favor of Shimano aero levers, and replaced the "gut ripper" stem shifters with some NOS Downtube shifters. It now weighs about 23#, and is a joy to ride. While I can afford a very nice modern Ultegra equipped roadie, I have no desire to get one. Bike envy in comparison to my "nothing special" Nishiki is almost nil. You could say like this bike a little too much! It does what I want it to do, and looks good enough doing it. This is my only experience with Nishiki, but it's been good so far.

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Ahhhh 1979. Back in college in Santa Cruz, CA riding my Nishiki Competition everyday, day in and day out. Brings back fantastic memories. I loved my Nishiki.
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