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Miyata Team Carbon year and evaluation

Old 01-14-19, 08:58 PM
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Miyata Team Carbon year and evaluation

Interested in the year of fabrication and evaluation, please.
Needs tires .
Suntour SL group, except front derailleur which is a Suntour Superbe Pro.




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If front der is OEM to bike, bike is probably late 80's... maybe very early '90s. Without doing a lot of research, I recall Trek and a few other manufacturers began producing frames with carbon main tubes around 1987/88.

My 1985 Cannondale had Superbe Pro drivetrain. I always found the Suntour gear worked well and while the Superbe Pro was elegant, other Suntour gear was not as pretty. I've bought and sold many vintage bikes, which I love. Replace the tires and cables, clean it really well include re-packing all bearings (if not sealed), tighten everything up so all works well, and start at $350 to $225 +/-, see what hits you get. Valued as-is, maybe $150 to $250 range if you sell it to a private party and not to a consigner. Just a giant ball-park... I could be way off. Old steel tends to be way more desired than old carbon, in my experience. So if you're not getting the response you want, lower the price or be super patient for the right person to come along. If you want to sell it, you may need to get it up on quite a few online listing spots. Vintage bikes are only worth what someone is willing to pay for them. Miyata wasn't an awesome brand, and the value would likely be higher with a Shimano 600 group rather than Suntour. Having a polished and well-running bike will help sell it rather than something that needs work. Hope this helps.

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Old 01-15-19, 04:06 AM
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Regarding the steel bikes, I think Miyata is a very good brand.
I was thinking at a price around 250.
I have some Shimano 600, but earlier production.
thank for the input
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Old 01-15-19, 06:41 AM
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The subject bicycle is a 1992 model, at which time the MSRP was $1445 US. It was 2nd from the top of the line, below the Team Titanium. SunTour SL had been been introduced in 1991 to fill the slot below Superber Pro that had been vacated by the demise of Sprint. It was meant to compete directly with Shimano 600 Ultegra on bicycles in the $900-$1500 range. It's a good group, as by this time SunTour had solved their Accushift issues, but there's still the compatibility issue when things wear out. Besides the front derailleur, it appears you have a 105SC headset and clipless pedals. Curiously, these are OEM spec. I suspect the latter is because SunTour had aligned themselves with Time, which was less popular than Shimano's Look standard at the time.There have been reported of failures on Miyata's APA bonded frames but I've yet to see one in person and from what I can see in the pictures, the frame integrity looks good. I'd value this bicycle at ~ $300-$350, in ready to ride condition.


Edit: In addition to the front derailleur, the OEM Turbo saddle has been replaced.

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Old 01-15-19, 07:42 AM
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Thanks T-Mar, everything you said is correct about the head set and pedals. I replaced the saddle with one i had laying around.
I like much, much more the steel bikes, but I couldn't pass on this bike, too cheap.
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Just got this 1993 Miyata Team Pro with full Shimano 105 group currently being cleaned and inspected but so far in amazing shape except maybe for the decals which have seen better days ! I'm curious to see if anyone can tell me what are the single rivnut for ..one is located under the top tube and one under the bottom tube , you can see the edge under the Miyata 't' in the pic !?
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Originally Posted by Amocat223 View Post
I'm curious to see if anyone can tell me what are the single rivnut for ..one is located under the top tube and one under the bottom tube , you can see the edge under the Miyata 't' in the pic !?
It's for attaching a holder for compressed air cartridges, which were popular accessories with triathletes, as an alternative to a pump.

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