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Trek or Miyata?

Old 04-17-17, 10:58 AM
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Trek or Miyata?

Hello everyone! I am about to purchase my first (used) road bike, and I have a choice to make: a 1988 Trek 360 or a 1992 Miyata Seven 21. They are both the same price ($260.00 USD). I have attached some pictures for you to see. My question is: which one should I get and why? Also, is the price fair?? The guy selling them seems very nice and trustworthy, so I'm not worried much about the price, but I figured I'd ask you connoisseurs. Thank you!!
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Old 04-17-17, 11:37 AM
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Trek appears to be bigger, which fits you better?

Well after that point, it comes down to whether you prefer aluminum (Miyata) or steel (Trek), and if you put any value in a triple crank and an extra gear on the back. I'd personally lean towards the Miyata, for the extra gearing. Also, I'd imagine both are 700c, but if one is still 27, I'd probably shy towards the other.
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Old 04-17-17, 01:20 PM
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When it comes to fit, they both are basically the same size. The Trek is slightly bigger, but I rode both and they felt very similar. Also, I'm not sure what you mean in this part: "Also, I'd imagine both are 700c, but if one is still 27, I'd probably shy towards the other." I believe 700c and 27 you mean tire size? Thank you!
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Old 04-17-17, 01:20 PM
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Get the one that fits & is the lightest and, has the best wheels & tires. Looks like the Miyata is a bit smaller than the Trek. I bet it's lighter too. Both bikes look fairly priced.
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Originally Posted by ramzilla View Post
Get the one that fits & is the lightest and, has the best wheels & tires. Looks like the Miyata is a bit smaller than the Trek. I bet it's lighter too. Both bikes look fairly priced.
Thank you for the answer! Any tips on how to identify good tires & wheels?? What should I look for? (as you can tell, I am a super newbie).
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Well.......... 27" wheels are old technology. They're mated with threaded hubs for "spin - on" freewheels. However, brand new tires & threaded freewheels are still readily available for 27" bikes. 700 wheel size is the newer standard. More choices for 700 rear cogs & tires. IMHO a bike's wheels & frame are the most important things when it comes down to ride quality. Good components are nice but, I'd rather have a bike with a great frame & tires.
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Old 04-17-17, 02:49 PM
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Get the Yellow one.
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Old 04-17-17, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by viccrespo View Post
Hello everyone! I am about to purchase my first (used) road bike, and I have a choice to make: a 1988 Trek 360 or a 1992 Miyata Seven 21. They are both the same price ($260.00 USD). I have attached some pictures for you to see. My question is: which one should I get and why?
Miyata-
- Bonded aluminum main frame with cromoly stays and fork.
- triple crank
- shimano exage 500 components
- 700c wheelset

Trek-
- diacompe/suntour components
- 700c wheelset
- double crankset
- truetemper frame



- I am a huge Miyata nerd and would gravitate to that one. The 721 frame was still made in Japan in '92...which is shocking.
- the triple crank on the Miyata gives you more gears which will make elevation changes easier to tackle.
- shimano components will allow you to easily upgrade shifting if you want to pick up some 7speed STI shifters and get rid of the downtube shifters. Microshift makes good quality 7sp brifters(brake shifter) for $50 or so new on ebay.
- that price, to me, is high. But thats based on where i am located and what i would want to buy either bike for. for $260, i would expect new cables and housing, new bar tape, and tires which are in good condition. I would hope, but not expect, all the bearing points to have been serviced with fresh grease because otherwise its 25-30year old grease in the bikes and that stuff hardens and becomes useless.
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Old 04-17-17, 03:30 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
- that price, to me, is high. But thats based on where i am located and what i would want to buy either bike for. for $260, i would expect new cables and housing, new bar tape, and tires which are in good condition.
This was my first reaction: these are both $100-$125 bikes.

I'd take the Trek in a heartbeat. I love and used to own Miyatas but ~30 year old aluminum is not for me. A brazed and lugged True Temper frame will be just fine. Also, that Japan-made Suntour stuff on the Trek was really high quality back then. If the shifters fail, I'd get some friction down tube ones and let it rip.

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They're both good bikes. I'd personally prefer the Trek's steel frame, but when considering the whole bike, the edge goes to the Miyata. Its rear wheel has a Shimano Hyperglide freehub while the Trek has a freewheel. The Miyata has Shimano indexed components, for which compatible replacement parts are still available. Like mstateglfr pointed out, you can even put brifters on the bike without having to change anything but the levers. As much as I like SunTour stuff, the SunTour Accushift drivetrain on the Trek is long obsolete and compatible replacement parts can be difficult to source. But on the other hand, Hiro's got a good point about running friction if you have to.
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Old 04-17-17, 08:06 PM
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Not sure of the terrain where you intend to ride, but the Miyata has a triple crank with a low "bail-out" gear that can get you up steep hills more readily than the Trek.
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Old 04-17-17, 08:40 PM
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Also, is the price fair??
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Old 04-17-17, 08:48 PM
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I've got a Miyata Seven21 nearly identical to that one I keep at my second home. It rides awesome and if it were my only bike I'd be pretty happy. It does everything well and has no blaring deficiencies.

The Trek could be better though, mainly the frame. The Miyatas wheels, drivetrain, and brakes are fine.

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Old 04-17-17, 09:55 PM
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There is about a 2cm frame difference in the two bikes. The Trek looks to be a 56cm, for riders about 5'8"-5'10". The Miyata 721 for a rider 5'8" and under.

FMV for these bikes is well above $100-$125 for the cosmetic condition as presented. If I were selling eithe as an overhauled and refurbished bike, I would be in the $275-$325 range.

I have a Trek 360 and it is a very responsive and compliant riding Truetemper frame. I have several steel Miyatas, but no aluminum frames.

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