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Nishiki NFSB TT bike?

Old 10-06-07, 06:18 PM
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Nishiki NFSB TT bike?

Went to a church sale today and picked up a couple bikes. One is a nishiki NFSB bike which with what I can find on google ( which isn't much)seems to be a TT bike.
Has shimano 105 everywhere with look pedals, profile aero bars, italia leather saddle, and 650cc sun mistral rims with 26x7/8 tires.

The bike other than a little dust from sitting looks as if it was never used much at all.

Thes any better or as good as your average nishiki? It's a 53cm.




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Old 10-06-07, 08:35 PM
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Looks like a 1991 Nishiki NFS Beta. In 1991, Nishiki had 5 road bikes. By that time, some of the former road bike models, like Century and Sport had become hybrids and the number of road bikes had been reduced from nine in 1988 to just five.
Of the five models, there were three higher end models, the Altron, an all out screamin' time trial bike with standard aerobars and composite tri-spoke 650C rims. Next was the NFS Alpha, very similiar to your bike but with Ultegra components. Then came your bike, the NFS Beta. After that, IMHO there was a substantial drop in quality to an entry level six speed, 27 inch rim, hi-ten steel Rally model. The lowest model in the Nishiki line that year was the Royale, very similiar to the Rally but with chrome steel rims and a chrome steel crankset.
According to Nishiki, the 650C rims on your bike were 21% more aerodynamic than 700C rims. They were lighter and provide less rotating mass.
BTW, NFS stands for "Need For Speed" (effects of TOP GUN).
If you've researched Nishiki, you are probably aware that many older Nishiki road bikes had frames designed by Kawamura. But in 1991, Nishiki's top designer was Richard Cunningham. Your frame was designed by Cunningham. I thought that it was interesting that while other brands like Trek were producing aluminum frames, Nishiki, who had produced an aluminum frame in 1988, reserved their aluminum frames for mountain bikes. Their three top road bikes were all Chro-moly steel frames.
As for the frame on your bike, it appears there is little if any, difference between the top Altron and the next two levels. So you have a top level frame with good, 105 level components. And its my size. I'm jealous.
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Many thanks roccobike!!
That's the sort of info I was looking for. All I was pulling up from google was ebay stuff.
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