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1986 (?) Miyata Team 2000 Triathlon

Old 07-29-16, 12:20 AM
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1986 (?) Miyata Team 2000 Triathlon

So my general knowledge of brands is improving, and my Googling skills can hang, but I'm unable to find information about this particular bike.

Miyata Team 2000 Triathlon





More images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/673386...57671701937725

Serial number begins with 0, so 1986-ish.

1986 catalog

I'm aware the team bikes are good frames, and it has a decal that indicates triple butted goodness. But there's no mention of a Triathlon-specific model in the catalogs I've dug up. I'm aware Miyata sold Team framesets on their own, and this may have been one of them. The blue/white fade paint job is also not seen anywhere, only a similar option on the 1987 Team Aero model:

Someone else's bike:



So is this an uncommon frameset? Components are mostly Shimano 600, with some 105.

Also, what happened to @T-Mar 's serial number database?

Thanks!
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Pretty sure I owned that TT frameset at one time.

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Interesting. I've never seen one of those. Definitely pre-1989 due to the decals, I'm leaning toward 87 because of the paint job and the lugged fork assuming it would have been equipped similarly to a Team. Teams got unicrown forks starting in 88 to my knowledge. The presence of Ultegra/600-level components is more of a 912/914/1400 thing though, and those came with lugged forks into the 90's. Even if it's not actually a Team frame and more on the 9xx level, still a great frame.
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If the OP picked this up in Hawaii then it is probably an Asian market model. We know it's not North American or European. Shimano New 600EX with SIS would place it 1986-1987, assuming it is OEM. Miyata introduced triple butted tubing and dual bottle bosses in 1985 and pump pegs in 1986, at least in North America. The OI-code places manufacturing during weeks 13-14 of 1986. North America got that Aero TT frame in 1987 and it's conceivable that Asia had the colour scheme a year earlier. So, everything fits for a 1986 model.

Miyata's 1986 mid-range models were marketed as "Triathlon Design" in Norht America. This model is a cross between the 710 and 912. It has the 912 components but the 710 frame, as the 912 used the splined version of the triple butted tubing. Again, I'm assuming this variation is geared towards what I assume is the Asian market and that Asia got several levels of 'Team" models. We know the European models do not match the North American models, so there's no reason why the Asian models wouldn't also be different.

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Originally Posted by liquefied View Post
Interesting. I've never seen one of those. Definitely pre-1989 due to the decals, I'm leaning toward 87 because of the paint job and the lugged fork assuming it would have been equipped similarly to a Team. Teams got unicrown forks starting in 88 to my knowledge. The presence of Ultegra/600-level components is more of a 912/914/1400 thing though, and those came with lugged forks into the 90's. Even if it's not actually a Team frame and more on the 9xx level, still a great frame.
That's useful, thanks!

I did manage to locate two web pages that referenced the Triathlon, this one by someone in Japan who rebuilt one:

miyata TRIATHLON ******************************????MTB********************?

So maybe a JDM thing? The 600 components are consistent with mine.

Anyone know where I can find Japanese catalog scans?
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
If the OP picked this up in Hawaii then it is probably an Asian market model. We know it's not North American or European. Shimano New 600EX with SIS would place it 1986-1987, assuming it is OEM. Miyata introduced triple butted tubing and dual bottle bosses in 1985 and pump pegs in 1986, at least in North America. The OI-code places manufacturing during weeks 13-14 of 1986. North America got that Aero TT frame in 1987 and it's conceivable that Asia had the colour scheme a year earlier. So, everything fits for a 1986 model.

Miyata's 1986 mid-range models were marketed as "Triathlon Design" in Norht America. This model is a cross between the 710 and 912. It has the 912 components but the 710 frame, as the 912 used the splined version of the triple butted tubing. Again, I'm assuming this variation is geared towards what I assume is the Asian market and that Asia got several levels of 'Team" models. We know the European models do not match the North American models, so there's no reason why the Asian models wouldn't also be different.
Thanks for zeroing in on what it is, T-Mar.

As it sits now, it weighs 24lbs, so something to improve on.

Here's some info on the 1986 710 from the U.S. market:

https://simplicityvintagecycles.com/...86-miyata-710/

Makes sense that this is a Japanese model, did find it here in Hawaii.
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