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Old 05-28-17, 06:50 PM
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Nishiki Olympic

Nice bike that you have there.



Originally Posted by Tonyweiss
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Here is a little more info. I'll try and get some pictures up soon.

Chain ring is 40/52
Chain ring and cranks are made by Sugino 170mm and says forged In Japan J11
On the back of front derailleur it reads "Maeda industries LTD, 4532 Japan WE"

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Streichy, actually I have those levers, in a mid-1960s catalogue. However, I'm confident they are not OEM. Neither are the crankarms or front derailleur.
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Old 06-05-17, 05:16 PM
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Yea after digging around I almost think they might be Schwinn levers, not originals for sure. The front derailler looks too new to be original now that I'm really staring at it.

Crankset looks like the other semi pros though, manufactured december of 69. Yay this is fun to learn!
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Hello! Been lurking a while, but now its time to actually post.

I recently got my hands on a Nishiki Competition in very good shape, nearly mint.

Specs:

Frame is Champion #2
Wheels are Araya
Handlebar says Sakae Custom + Road Champion Japan
Handlebar stem is Cinelli (not original?)
Saddle says Taihei Painless or something underneath. Saddle post/stem says Mighty
Front and back brakes + brake levers are Gran Compe
Front and back derailleurs is Suntour Superbe
The crank says Super Mighty
The biggest gear (or whats it called?) on the cassette seems like its been replaced. Its painted black (the others are not) and it says Shimano MF-ZH06

The serial is EJ103957 . Looking at the opening post that dates it to 1980? It has 6 digits after the J, not 5. Maybe they made a lot of frames that year? Maybe its far newer? I dont know. Thats kinda why Im posting here too =)
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Old 06-06-17, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by darkreaver
Hello! Been lurking a while, but now its time to actually post.

I recently got my hands on a Nishiki Competition in very good shape, nearly mint.

Specs:

Frame is Champion #2
Wheels are Araya
Handlebar says Sakae Custom + Road Champion Japan
Handlebar stem is Cinelli (not original?)
Saddle says Taihei Painless or something underneath. Saddle post/stem says Mighty
Front and back brakes + brake levers are Gran Compe
Front and back derailleurs is Suntour Superbe
The crank says Super Mighty
The biggest gear (or whats it called?) on the cassette seems like its been replaced. Its painted black (the others are not) and it says Shimano MF-ZH06

The serial is EJ103957 . Looking at the opening post that dates it to 1980? It has 6 digits after the J, not 5. Maybe they made a lot of frames that year? Maybe its far newer? I dont know. Thats kinda why Im posting here too =)

PS: Im not allowed to post a pic until I have 10 post it seems...
Welcome to the forums. Your Competition is a European market model manufactured in 1980. An annual production of 100,000+ frames is not that large. Some of the larger Japanese companies, such as Bridgestone and Miyata were approaching one million bicycles per year around that era. Unfortunately, we can't tell exactly when during 1980 your frame was built, but based on the high number it may be 1981 model manufactured in late 1980.

Typically, the individual gears on a freewheel or cassette are called cogs or sprockets. What you have, based on the part number, is a Shimano 6 speed freewheel, not a cassette. In a freewheel, the cogs and freewheel body are removed from the hub as one unit. In a cassette, the cogs are removed from the freewheel body, which remains attached to the hub. The combined hub and freewheel body is typically called a freehub.

Yours is a relatively modern, Hyperglide compatible, replacement for the original freewheel. Hyperglide refers the the ramps stamped into the cogs that improve shifting, especially under load. The black large cog is not a replacement. The different colour is simply a relatively modern trend on Shimano freewheels.
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I will be getting this 80 Grand Tour 15 soon. Right now it is being facilitated by a great BF member. Appears all original but dusty. I will definitely include a SN for the thread database.
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Hey there, new poster here and I was hoping I could get some help identifying this guy. I thought it was an olympic 10 but I could very well be wrong. The paint was in pretty rough shape when I got it and I'm in the process of fixing that. Anyway, some help would be greatly appreciated. I'm trying to restore it as close to original as I can and decals are the next step. The components appear to be a bit of a mixed bag and most likely not original. Serial # is KS330387
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Old 06-07-17, 01:14 PM
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here's the full frame. wouldn't upload on the other reply for some reason
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Old 06-08-17, 08:11 AM
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This is interesting because it has a SunTour Seven rear derailleur, which was introduced for the 1976 model year, yet it still has the older oriental logo. The front derailleur appears to be Shimano and it has a cotterless crank. The serial dates it circa 1974-1975. So, I assume it has been frankenbiked and neither the derailleurs nor crankset are OEM. The stay design is not typical of the International of this period. That leaves the Olympic and Sport variants, both of which used the same frame. It looks like it may have the remnants of Custom Sport on the down tube.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar
This is interesting because it has a SunTour Seven rear derailleur, which was introduced for the 1976 model year, yet it still has the older oriental logo. The front derailleur appears to be Shimano and it has a cotterless crank. The serial dates it circa 1974-1975. So, I assume it has been frankenbiked and neither the derailleurs nor crankset are OEM. The stay design is not typical of the International of this period. That leaves the Olympic and Sport variants, both of which used the same frame. It looks like it may have the remnants of Custom Sport on the down tube.
Now that you point it out you can definitely make out the "Custom Sport" on the downtube. Thanks you for the additional information, it is much appreciated.
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Old 06-13-17, 07:49 PM
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Added another Nishiki to the collection

Saved a Prestige frame and fork.....(tange 2) This one will be a single speed bike for coffee runs. Looks like the serial number is W617445, mid 80's? Found an old bar and Nitto stem in the junk box. Cheap wheel set until I can find something cool.
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Old 06-13-17, 07:56 PM
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Just got this one

Ks257543
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Blue custom sport.
Sun tour derailur
Sun tour shifter
I will post a picture when I can get it uploaded. I'm new to older bikes so any info would be helpful.

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Old 06-13-17, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Londonsworld
Saved a Prestige frame and fork.....This one will be a single speed bike for coffee runs. Looks like the serial number is W617445, mid 80's? . . .
I think the serial number is WE17 445. The "E" is for 1985, the year of frame manufacture. It is a 1986 model year.
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Thank you! Some stamped numbers/letters are good, others not so much.
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Originally Posted by Londonsworld
Saved a Prestige frame and fork.....(tange 2) This one will be a single speed bike for coffee runs. Looks like the serial number is W617445, mid 80's? Found an old bar and Nitto stem in the junk box. Cheap wheel set until I can find something cool.
That one is gonna make the coffee taste great!
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
That one is gonna make the coffee taste great!
Fun project bike
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
I will be getting this 80 Grand Tour 15 soon. Right now it is being facilitated by a great BF member. Appears all original but dusty. I will definitely include a SN for the thread database.
That bike looks awesome
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Originally Posted by Jdccdj
That bike looks awesome
There is actually a chance the frame will fit me and then I will wind up with another bike. How did it happen?

JK! I hope it is my size.
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Thank you @T-Mar for this excellent Nishiki resource it helped me figure out I picked up a Giant built Nishiki Casacade built in March 1984.
[IMG]IMG_1152 by Ryan Surface, on Flickr[/IMG]

I picked up this bike for $11 just to get the bull moose bars and SunTour thumbies but I see that biplane fork and I start to get silly ideas about rebuilding it.
[IMG]IMG_1151 by Ryan Surface, on Flickr[/IMG]
Its rough and its got a stuck seat post but I am hoping I can deal with the seat post and at the very least pass this along to someone who'll bring it back or least make a commuter out it so that biplane fork can fly down the roads and trails again.
[IMG]IMG_1134 by Ryan Surface, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Looking for some info on my Nishiki

Hi There

Long time creeper first time posting here. Love the forum.

I was gifted this vintage Nishiki project bike, really was hoping to fix it up but have a kid and selling off some of my bikes. So i'm hoping I might be able to get some information here to help in selling the bike. Id like it to go to someone who will appreciate it. I always wanted a Nishiki but this one is too big for me and I just dont have the time to fix it. Rear Hub needs re-packed I think.

Any information would greatly appreciated.

Serial number is CJ02917

Can provide more pics if needed
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Originally Posted by Kokain
Hi There

Long time creeper first time posting here. Love the forum.

I was gifted this vintage Nishiki project bike, really was hoping to fix it up but have a kid and selling off some of my bikes. So i'm hoping I might be able to get some information here to help in selling the bike. Id like it to go to someone who will appreciate it. I always wanted a Nishiki but this one is too big for me and I just dont have the time to fix it. Rear Hub needs re-packed I think.

Any information would greatly appreciated.

Serial number is CJ02917

Can provide more pics if needed
It's a Canadian market, 1981 Nishiki Superbe, frame manufactured in October 1980, top of the line model with Tange #1 tubeset, SunTour Superbe derailleurs (hence the model name), Sugino Super Mighty Custom crankset, Dia-Compe New Gran Compe brakeset and Sanshin Pro-Am hubs laced to Araya 20A rims. Claimed weight, 21.5 lbs. It appears to be completely OEM but is missing the original lever hoods. One of the more desirable Nishiki. Unfortunately, it's too big for me.

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Originally Posted by T-Mar
It's a Canadian market, 1981 Nishiki Superbe, frame manufactured in October 1980, top of the line model with Tange #1 tubeset, SunTour Superbe derailleurs (hence the model name), Sugino Super Mighty Custom crankset, Dia-Compe New Gran Compe brakeset and Sanshin Pro-Am hubs laced to Araya 20A rims. Claimed weight, 21.5 lbs. It appears to be completely OEM but is missing the original lever hoods. One of the more desirable Nishiki. Unfortunately, it's too big for me.
Wow, Thanks so much T-Mar.

Any idea what I should list it for considering it is not ridable right now?

Thanks again, really appreciate the info
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Originally Posted by Kokain
Wow, Thanks so much T-Mar.

Any idea what I should list it for considering it is not ridable right now?

Thanks again, really appreciate the info
I'll defer to to others on value but they'll want to know where you live. Prices in a large metropolitan area like Toronto are a lot higher than some rural backwater like Dog River.
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Originally Posted by Kokain
Wow, Thanks so much T-Mar.

Any idea what I should list it for considering it is not ridable right now?

Thanks again, really appreciate the info
Post the photos and info you just got over on the "C&V What's it worth: Appraisals and Valuations" subforum. It likely won't be noticed here. Bigger photos might help, esp. if you put the photos on a photo-hosting site, and like to it in your post.
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Just got a very cool Custom Sport and am having trouble dating it. Here is a pic of the only numbers I can find on the underside of the bottom bracket. Any help appreciated. BTW, it's a 12 speed with Suntour AR derailleurs and Suntour stem shifters, with Sugino RT cranks.
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