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Nishiki Cresta touring bike

Old 10-23-11, 08:45 PM
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Nishiki Cresta touring bike

Got an offer for another touring bike, this one is a Nishiki Cresta, but I have no idea what year its from. Seems to be in good condition, but I can't tell if there have been any modifications made to it yet. Asking price is $275, is it fair for the bike? Has anyone ridden one of these and can let me know how it compares to other touring bikes? Most helpful would be a catalog comparing it to other touring bikes from that year, but I haven't been able to find one of those yet.

Here are the listed components:

It comes equipped with:
Suntour Mountech derailleurs
Dia Compe cantilever brakes and levers
Avocet Touring I saddle
Sugino RT triple crankset
Sakae Custom handebars
Araya 27" rims

Here are some pictures: https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/bik/2662181270.html

Fair price? Rip off? Decent components? Edumacate a noob!
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Old 10-24-11, 08:22 AM
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Seems like it was Nishiki's mid-range tourer. Aside from the Mountech derailleurs sometimes being a PIA (apparently they can wear quicker than others, can be hardish to replace) if this fits I'd say it's a fair deal. It looks very clean / in good shape.
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That guy takes good pictures. Looks like less work involved with this one than the other one.
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Nice photos. It would be good if it had brake hoods and to pay full price for a bike I would expect them. The guy did a great job of rehab, not sure why he would leave that detail out. $12 on ebay brand new.

If it is your size and you like the color go ride it. As mentioned the Mountech derailleurs can be an issue from the short time I put into a google search.
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Old 10-24-11, 11:11 AM
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Thanks for the info guys, question about the derailleurs though: How difficult would it be/expensive to have them replaced? Seeing a lot of bad opinions onthe mountech, mostly related to long term use. Since it's a vintage, I'm assuming that they've been used a lot and am concerned about that one component
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one of the more expensive LBS's near me replaced the trashed on on my ex's Cannondale tourer at very little cost, just took some inventive cable routing if I remember correctly.
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+1 that the bike is nice, and worth the $275. Good ad, good pictures, very nice bike. I don't think this guy is someone that will screw around and waste your time.

I wouldn't worry about the derailers. If the rear fails, you can replace it with virtually and MTB RD as long as you stay with friction shifting. I'd go for a Shimano unit myself. For the front your choices are more limited, but there are definitely options out there. It shouldn't be costly or a big deal.
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I wouldn't worry about the Mountech. You can source good quality used MTB units for <$20 when/if the time ever comes to replace them.
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Thanks guys! Feel a lot more confident about the bike now, contacted the seller but no response yet. Hopefully I'm not too annoying with my threads, getting better with research but components and determining if bikes are original or have been altered is still confusing for me. Really hoping I get this one! Btw are there any sites out there with 80s touring bike catalogs? Having trouble finding them individually for research...
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If you come across a Schwinn, you'll be able to find it in here: https://www.trfindley.com/pg_schwinn_cats.htm

The Vintage Trek site (Google it) has a ton of Trek catalogs. Virtually everything except the newer aluminum, carbon, and mountain bikes.

Otherwise Google is probably the best you can do. Lots of hit or miss on there.
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Got one response from the seller and then he fell of the face of the planet. Looks like I got scooped on this one. Starting to reconsider, looking at entry level road bikes with rear rack and bottle braze-ons. If my budget is $400, is it better to keep looking for a vintage model or just bite the bullet and buy a new one? I'd probably be looking at the Performance house brand Scattantes though...
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Not aware of any new road bikes like you describe at the $400 price point. Hybrids and MTBs sure, but not road bikes. Even the bikesdirect touring bike is over that amount. If you are open to hybrids or MTBs, then there are plentiful options in the used market for a lot less.

Good, ready to ride, vintage touring bikes bring around $400 here (market value). The higher end models bring even more. And that's here in an average market. Your market is better, so add a premium for OC. I sold a touring bike a couple of months ago for $400, and sold several last year from about $350 to $400. So a deal like $275, you will need to act really fast! The deals typically do not last long enough to get replies to a posting: "Hey is this a good deal?"

Vintage touring bikes here bring 50% to 100% more than the comparable vintage racing bikes. Demand is strong.

The other challenge with any budget is that you will typically need to spend at least a little on service work on almost any used bike.
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New hope! Seller contacted me and is ready to set up a meet up time. I suppose this is a rather silly question for me to ask at this point, but is this a chromoly frame or hi-ten?
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