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Old 08-20-06, 10:32 PM
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Miyata Trail Runner

Hi everyone, I've made a couple posts on BF already, but haven't really introduced myself yet, so- Hi, nice to meet you!
Okay, onto my question- I just got an old Miyata Trailrunner on craigslist. It's in awesome shape, lugged chromoly, very old school (almost too old school, with 18 speeds, ancient cantis and biopace). It's got horizontal dropouts, so it might make an awesome (but heavy) single speed. I did a few searches online, and from what I can figure out, either the Trail Runner evolved quite a lot through the years, or Miyata kept recycling the model name on very different bikes, much like fuji does. The tubing stickers on mine only say "Cro-Mo" tubes, no mention of splined or butted anything. Other Trail Runners I've seen online have splined tripled butted tubing. Is there any chance mine is splined or butted but doesn't say so? Any Miyata afficianados out there know much about the Trail Runner? And does biopace really hurt your knees as much as everyone says? I'll post pictures soon.

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Old 08-21-06, 12:10 AM
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And it's made in Japan. Does that date it all? When did Miyata start manufacturing in Taiwan?
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Old 08-21-06, 05:39 AM
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Miyata introduced the Trail Runner in 1986, at which time it was plain gauge CrMo tubing and 18 speeds. It was upgraded to triple butted CrMo in 1987 and received the splined triple butted CrMo tubest for 1988. In 1989 it was spec'd with an aluminum frame and 21 speeds. So, as you suggested, the Trail Runner was constantly evolving during the late 1980s. Your model appears to be the first version, from 1986. I have seen some early 1990s, entry level Miyata that were made in Taiwan, but am not sure exactly when Miyata started contracting frame manufacture there.
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I had what I always thought was an '87, with suntour xcd components, and it had splined, triple butted. I guess it was an '88?
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Thanks for the help T-mar! The bike's in great shape for it's age, but I do wish it just were 2 years younger... I hear so much about how great Miyata's tubing is, how does its plain guage cromo compare to other companies?
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Hi,

If you still are a member and come on-line, you will be glad to know that I in fact have a Trailrunner (1988) and ride it as often as I can.

It has a number of upgrades and although it is 22 years old seems just about perfect for me. Also I am the original proud owner.

Any questions, no problem. As I have just joined bikeforums, I would like to post a photo in a few days.

Safe riding,

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I only rode a bio-pace bike when I was MUCH younger, but I never had any problems with it. I read what Sheldon Brown had to say about bio-pace and he definitely liked it. He wrote that it only potentially becomes annoying when you're turning over 90 RPMs and that it's often very nice with touring bikes and MTBs.

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/biopace.html
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