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Just how big is the Miyata Cult?

Old 05-26-22, 05:17 PM
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I have an '86 Pro as well. I got it from a co-op, where it had been partially and unfortunately 'updated,' removing most of the Sprint components. I have collected most of them but doubt I'm going to get around to doing that work, so if anyone is interested in such a project, on a 52cm Pro...
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Originally Posted by casanewt View Post
There were others and I am not sure who was first. Columbus SLX was splined and Ishiwata had a type as well, but they called it channeled. Below is from the 1988 Fuji catalog. Ishiwata made Fuji tubing to their specs.

Ok, thanks for that. I see what you mean by the Fuji "channelled" tubing. I think though that the Miyata was splined like a rifle barrel is spiral milled out while these others are straight from end to end.

Here is an ad for a Fuji Ace with that channeled tubing.


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Originally Posted by prairiepedaler View Post
Ok, thanks for that. I see what you mean by the Fuji "channelled" tubing. I think though that the Miyata was splined like a rifle barrel is spiral milled out while these others are straight from end to end.

Here is an ad for a Fuji Ace with that channeled tubing.

There is some more info on splined tubing in this older thread...

What is splined STB Miyata Triple butted tubing?
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Count me in!

Iíve a 1983 Miyata 1000, and a 1986 Miyata 615. The 1000 was restored which required new wheels, triple chain rings, etc., and a lot of cleaning and polishing. The 615 was built up from a seemingly NOS frame, or at least it was in super excellent condition. Made, had made new, or found period, NOS components where possible, Both bikes are SunTour all the way. The 1000 takes me out 15-30 miles around town for exercise. The 615 is rigged out for shopping trips with front panniers and a trunk bag on the rear rack. Itíll carry a bottle of spirits and two 12-packs!
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Don't get me wrong I love Miyata's (and have an '86 pro) but personally I always thought the full spline tubing was a bit of a marketing/brand differentiator gimmick. I can see, perhaps, splining around the bottom bracket and, maybe elsewhere if you're a hard core pro caliber sprinter. But personally for me it makes for a stiff heavy frame. Miyata always championed their splining as a way to make a frame just as stiff but lighter than a non-splined one. They definitely got the stiffer part down. Lighter? Not so much.
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I finally got this -86 Miyata 310 finished. The only things original are the frame and the crank. It had been sitting behind a shed for a VERY long time, and got passed around for a while before I got it off of CL for $25. I still have to make adjustments and take it out for a shakedown.
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Purists, cover your eyes.

I bought this 710 in ‘84 (frame number says ’81, however) and it was my racing/triathlon bike throughout the 80’s and later my indoor trainer. But then I seemed to gravitate more toward running rather than cycling and the bike became a clothes rack, and later a garage queen.

Fast-forward thirty years, and my knees are telling me running is no longer optimal. Hmmm… pull down the bike. Doesn’t look toooo bad. Brake hoods are shot, rust bubbling up under the headset chrome. Lots of paint chipping and rust spots. New tires/tubes and some short test rides led to a vicious resto-mod cycle:

Stage 1 was upgrade to 2x7 with new Shimano Claris components and indexed (what voodoo is this?) DT shifters. Put in about 1000 miles getting myself and the bike back in the groove.

Stage 2 involved some violence to the frame: cold-set the rear dropouts to 130mm for an 11-speed hub, drilled the the seat tube for a second bottle cage and sent frame and forks off to be powder coated with new decals from VeloCals. 2x11 with new Shimano 105 components and brifters (my DT virtuosity seemed to have left me). Nitto stem and bars. Velocity A23 rims with 105 hubs. Put in about 2000 miles doing fitness and charity rides.

Stage 3 brought more drive train changes. During this year's Houston MS150, the FD nearly imploded, and I decided the best FD was no FD. So now we’re at 1x11 - the crank and BB are NOS Shimano 105 1055 double (left over from the 2x7 incarnation), with Wolf Tooth 42T ring mounted on the inner chainring position. I substituted a NOS Deore XT spindle which moved the chainline out pretty much exactly the right amount. In the rear, Deore XT 11-40T cassette with GRX RD. Treated and laced up a new B17.

Really, I think I’m done. I wanted to get to a bullet-proof fitness/event bike with old-man gearing. With this 1x setup I kept a 1.05 low gear and only lost the highest gear of the 2x11. This bike rides smooth, fast and silent. I’m putting in about 100 miles/week.

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