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Old 06-08-05, 05:41 PM   #1
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Nishiki Alien Bike

I am looking for just a jpg picture and some info on an old mountain bike I had in the early 90's. As much as I can remember it was a Nishiki Alien frame bike but it was a gradiating lime green, yellow, blue(?) maybe? very bright anyway. No suspension, 21" frame. Anyone have some info and some jpg's on one of these?
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Old 06-08-05, 05:47 PM   #2
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Here's one w/o the wheelset... Sorry

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Old 06-08-05, 05:48 PM   #3
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just google it. first link

http://www.firstflightbikes.com/1993_Nishiki_Alien.htm
http://www.firstflightbikes.com/1990_Nishiki_Alien.htm
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Old 06-08-05, 05:54 PM   #4
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"No Suspension" killed your links Bud....
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but they dont have suspension... unless your talking about the fork too?
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Well, unless someone's changed the game, front "suspension" means some sort of suspension, huh?

She specifically stated, "No suspension".
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I didn't have an Alien but I had its steel cousin, the Ariel. Mine was from 1990. I do have a picture of it from when I first got it home from the shop but it's a very poor picture. It's hard to even tell the frame details.



From what I remember, the 1990 Nishiki Alien had a mixed DeoreXT/DeoreDX group. My Ariel had full DeoreDX. The AlienACX had a full DeoreXT group. All three bikes were designed by Rochard Cunningham and patterned after the Mantis XCR. They were essentially mass-produced versions of the XCR. At the time, you had to have a race license and wait about two years as well as put down a deposit for a Mantis XCR. It was easier and cheaper to buy the Nishiki version although there were of course some cost-cuttng measures taken as part of mass-production which made them a bit heavier. The geometry of the bike was very much XC and many people complained that they were too twitchy. They had very short elevated chainstays (a tad over 16") and very steep head tube angles. I loved them. They handled very nicely and were pretty much point-and-shoot.
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Man, THAT brings back some meomories. I wanted one of those sooo bad, but never could afford one and then they were gone. I wanted the red and silver one that was aluminum front and cro-mo rear end (like the Mantis).
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Man, THAT brings back some meomories. I wanted one of those sooo bad, but never could afford one and then they were gone. I wanted the red and silver one that was aluminum front and cro-mo rear end (like the Mantis).
Yeah... that was the AlienACX. Its Mantis version is known as the Flying V. I wanted the AlienACX too... in actuality I wanted the Mantis bikes but both were certainly out of my price range at that time of my starving college student years. The one Mantis bike I really wish I could get right now is the Screaming V. It's too bad Mantis is no longer around. All of their bikes were great.
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I remember drooling over Aliens back when I was a kid, the ACX was my dream bike. Alas, I had to make do with my neon green with black spotted Norco. Ahh, the good old days.
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