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Old 05-28-20, 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by rickpaulos View Post
Just got my copy of Japanese Steel, Classic Bicycle Design from Japan by William Bevington and Scott Ryder.
First impression is WOW. The main emphasis is on brands sold in the USA and the high end models. Many studio quality photos and quite a bit of the history of the companies some of which started as early as 1890. There is a chapter on Nishiki. Others include Fuji, Miyata, Arraya, 3 Rensho, Bridgestone Kaubuki, Panasonic.
I bought the book. Very pretty. I wanted it because I have a couple of Nishikis. Not particularly helpful but okay.
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Old 05-28-20, 10:25 PM
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Originally Posted by OLDYELLR View Post
I bought the book. Very pretty. I wanted it because I have a couple of Nishikis. Not particularly helpful but okay.
I didn't buy the book. I was considering it but didn't want to spend that kind of money unless I could browse the book, to see whether I was going to get anything out of it (besides Scott's lovely photos). It's sounds like you got limited value out of it, so I doubt I'd experience very many revelations. Thank-you for putting my mind at rest.
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Old 05-29-20, 07:11 AM
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
I didn't buy the book. I was considering it but didn't want to spend that kind of money unless I could browse the book, to see whether I was going to get anything out of it (besides Scott's lovely photos). It's sounds like you got limited value out of it, so I doubt I'd experience very many revelations. Thank-you for putting my mind at rest.
In fact the book was a birthday gift I had suggested. While it's a nice enough book, the biggest flaw for me is that there is no index so you have to browse it line by line to find anything and it jumps all over the place.
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Old 06-09-20, 06:33 PM
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GN74399. Colorado mountain bike I got when I was 11 and still have it. Tell me more about my bike please. I was almost considering selling it.
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Old 06-10-20, 08:39 AM
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How about dating a Nishiki Barbarian, lime green, double butted Tange cr-mo. A89112038?
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Old 06-10-20, 10:07 AM
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GN74399. Colorado mountain bike I got when I was 11 and still have it. Tell me more about my bike please. I was almost considering selling it.
Your Colorado was built by Giant of Taiwan during weeks 27-28 of 1987. However, based on the decal style, yellow to blue faded paint scheme and presence of the chainstay mounted U-brake it is a 1988 model. It was 4th in Nishiki's line of ATB models and had an MSRP of $390 US. The frame is an unspecified plain gauge CrMo tubeset and the component group was primarily Shimano Exage Mountain, though the hubs were a Taiwanese cost concession. Your bicycle appears to be completely OEM with the exception of the Avocet saddle and possibly some indiscernible consumables.
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Old 06-10-20, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Happy Feet View Post
How about dating a Nishiki Barbarian, lime green, double butted Tange cr-mo. A89112038?
My crystal ball is conjuring up an elevated chainstay model with Shimano 500LX and two tone fade paint scheme but the image is weak, grainy and in B&W. Maybe it's because you're on the opposite coast. Hopefully, somebody else's Barbarian isn't cutting in. How about some photos?
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Old 06-10-20, 07:43 PM
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Ask and ye shall receive





Trying to date it by the serial A89112038.

It's definitey a Barbarian (says so on the frame), that I picked up on a whim for $80 off CL. I have developed a scratch to make a SS mtb that needs scratching. I've been eye balling up two other 26rs I have for the task but was reticent about messing with them when I spied this Niskiki. Interesting back story on the frame design so... I bought it. Turns out to have a mix of 500lx and replacement drive train parts which is ok because they are all going bye bye anyway. I'll start a project thread for it soon and link/tag it here when I do.

Can you tell, from the serial, the year it was made? My brain wants to say 89 but that was the first year of production and this looks a little more refined so I'm leaning more towards 91.

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Old 06-11-20, 06:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Happy Feet View Post
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Trying to date it by the serial A89112038.

It's definitey a Barbarian (says so on the frame), that I picked up on a whim for $80 off CL. I have developed a scratch to make a SS mtb that needs scratching. I've been eye balling up two other 26rs I have for the task but was reticent about messing with them when I spied this Niskiki. Interesting back story on the frame design so... I bought it. Turns out to have a mix of 500lx and replacement drive train parts which is ok because they are all going bye bye anyway. I'll start a project thread for it soon and link/tag it here when I do.

Can you tell, from the serial, the year it was made? My brain wants to say 89 but that was the first year of production and this looks a little more refined so I'm leaning more towards 91.
It looks like the old crystal ball was working pretty well! It's definitely not a 1989 model, as there were no elevated chainstay models in the Canadian Nishiki lineup during 1989. It's an excellent match for the 1990 model in the Dayglow Green/Dayglow Yellow livery option. The serial number is typical of Taiwanese manufacturers and can be reverse engineered to November 1989, which would be appropriate for a 1990 model.

In 1990, the Barbarian was 6th in a lineup of 9 ATB models. Please note that while the frame has a Tange MTB decal, it only applies to the three main tubes. The stays are hi-tensile steel.
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Thanks T Mar.
I must admit, I am not a fan of the day glo paint schemes of the day and am pretty sure it will fall victim of this upcoming make over.
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Old 06-11-20, 07:23 PM
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Last month I just bought a Nishiki bike having serial number stated T4597. The previous owner said that it is Nishiki '80. Could somebody here decode the serial number? I couldn't attach the picts because just joined the forum, but I set the bike pict as my profile picture.

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Old 06-13-20, 09:46 PM
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As promised, the link to my Nishiki Barbarian rebuild thread A Single Barbarian... MTB SS retrofit
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Old 06-29-20, 01:19 PM
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So I read the initial post about decoding Nishiki serial numbers, but without going through all 70+ pages, I just wanted to check if there was any more info about decoding pre-1975 numbers. What I have:

Nishiki Olympic, serial KS 241861.

Unfortunately, the bike has been stripped down to the frame a while ago, so I can't say for certain what the components were. The frame is silver, with the "Nishiki Olympic" decal on the downtube. Fork looks to be all chromed, but with the upper legs and crown painted to match the frame.

I remember it having a cottered crank, a bolt-on derailleur hanger in the dropout, and it has an odd-sized seatpost I haven't put calipers on yet.

Anyone have info on an exact year? How about tubing? It sounds straight-gauge, presumably 1020?
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Originally Posted by Fogre View Post
So I read the initial post about decoding Nishiki serial numbers, but without going through all 70+ pages, I just wanted to check if there was any more info about decoding pre-1975 numbers. What I have:

Nishiki Olympic, serial KS 241861.

Unfortunately, the bike has been stripped down to the frame a while ago, so I can't say for certain what the components were. The frame is silver, with the "Nishiki Olympic" decal on the downtube. Fork looks to be all chromed, but with the upper legs and crown painted to match the frame.

I remember it having a cottered crank, a bolt-on derailleur hanger in the dropout, and it has an odd-sized seatpost I haven't put calipers on yet.

Anyone have info on an exact year? How about tubing? It sounds straight-gauge, presumably 1020?
The first model year for Nishiki was 1972 and that year this model called the Olympiad. It should be 1973-1974. The tubeset is a plain gauge hi-tensile steel, though the alloy was never specified.
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Old 06-30-20, 03:28 PM
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Hi,
I found 2 weeks ago Nishiki Touring Master frame and fork.

Serial number (engraved on the seat tube):
WN 10679 K

Fitted on the frame AXIS Italy BB (1,37x24 standart) for Campagnolo 6-notch tool.

Any additional info about it is much appreciated.
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Originally Posted by roshko View Post
Hi,
I found 2 weeks ago Nishiki Touring Master frame and fork.

Serial number (engraved on the seat tube):
WN 10679 K

Fitted on the frame AXIS Italy BB (1,37x24 standart) for Campagnolo 6-notch tool.

Any additional info about it is much appreciated.
Master is a European market model name and the serial number format is the Danish format, indicating that it was imported by Nordisk Cykelfabrik in1973, 1994 or 2015. I don't believe that Nishiki was being marketed in Europe as early as 1973 and 2015 is quite recent. Pending pictures, 1994 would be my leading candidate.
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Hd00826240

Curious if you're able to help me find the year and manufacturer of my bike, as I'm looking to find the specs so that I can order some new parts for the frame. Serial number is HD00826240
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