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Old 07-01-06, 09:38 AM
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New (to me) Nishiki

Just picked up a Nishiki last night. I've only been riding a year and purchased this bike because I liked its geometry and I like its ride. Does anybody have any experience with this bike or know where I can go to find more info? Thanks. I'll try to post some pics later today.

Nishiki 12 speed
top tube has a decal that says Prestige
down tube has decal that says Nishiki Performance Equipe
TANGE NUMBER ONE Double Butted frame
4130 CroMo forks
Shimano RX100
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Old 07-01-06, 10:57 AM
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From your description it sounds like a real nice bike. My guess would be late eightys for a year.
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Old 07-01-06, 11:55 AM
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i guess early 90s
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Originally Posted by cyclotoine
i guess early 90s
When did Nishiki change from 6 speeds to 7?

Whatever year it is, it is a big improvement over my 1971 Semi-Pro / Competition. By the late 1970s, Kawamura was making some world class frames.
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Old 07-01-06, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by John E
When did Nishiki change from 6 speeds to 7?
Good point. I just saw prestige and RX100 and assumed early 90's. It may not be all original either. I guess it is more likely to be 80's, we need pics and a full description.
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Old 07-01-06, 03:07 PM
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Here's a Nishiki Prestige that I made up for my 10 year old daughter. Used some old 650b wheels and made it a 6spd. It is probably a mid-80s model...Tange 2 and came with Suntour Cyclone friction. She wanted a blue bike... They're never happy.
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Old 07-01-06, 03:46 PM
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My bad

Looks like 7 to me
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Old 07-01-06, 06:12 PM
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ricksan, I'm basing my comments on the 1991 catalogue. In 1991, Nishiki offered both 7 speed and 6 speed road bikes and all were index shifting. The 'Prestige' model was not offered that year, but was offered before 1991. Something that was really weird, Nishiki did not offer 700C rims in 1991 only 27 inch or 650C. Your bike looks like it has 700C. My guess is your bike is an early to mid 1990's Nishiki assuming the 7 speed was original equipment. But it would have to be after 1991. Based on my limited knowledge of Nishiki road bikes, I would guess the Prestige model was one of the better bikes they manufactured, the gruppo on your bike supports that estimation.
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Originally Posted by cyclotoine
Good point. I just saw prestige and RX100 and assumed early 90's. It may not be all original either. I guess it is more likely to be 80's, we need pics and a full description.
Yes, that makes sense, this may be an upgrade to an older frame. I'm in the process of doing the same to a 1986 Raleigh Technium.
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The bike is a funny combination of a seemingly nice frame with fairly low-end components. The hierarchy for early/mid-90's Shimano stuff, from top to bottom, was
DuraAce
600/Ultegra
105
RX100
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Old 07-01-06, 09:01 PM
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Thanks Everybody!

I sure appreciate all the comments and information. I'm excited about the new ride and will look toward upgrading the components in the future.
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Old 07-02-06, 06:00 AM
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Definitely 1990s. Nishiki introduced that logo in 1990, which was also the same year for RX100's debut. The components are lower mid-range, while the frame is upper mid-range, so I appreciate Mueller's comments. Traditionally, Nishiki overdressed the frame, as customers were more components savy than tubing savy. In this case the frame is the other way around.
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I really like that bike, ricksan. I've been looking for a light, Nishiki road bike at the local garage sales for about six months now. I've found a Ross 290S, 2 Fujis (82 Monterey, 93 Club), a Raleigh Technium, a Centurion TA Comp, a Cannondale SR500 and a Trek 560. No Nishikis. I'm beginning to wonder if Nishiki sold bikes in North Carolina.
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