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Old 05-12-10, 03:52 PM
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Oddball Miyata 912?

Hello all,

I've lurked through these forums before, but this is my first post.

I was lucky enough to come by a Miyata 912 in need of some TLC for pretty cheap. Through the Miyata topics on this forum I've learned many things, but one thing about this particular bike confuses me. I know that Miyata normally designated it's models alphabetically on the top tube, i.e. "nine-twelve," but mine is clearly designated numerically: "912". It has all the other telltale signs of a normal early 80s nine-twelve, like Shimano 600 and double-butted crmo. Anyone want to speculate, or better yet, school me as to what might be different about this bike?
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Old 05-12-10, 04:55 PM
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Looks like a 1981 912. It has very little in common with the late 1980's 912 as far as build quality.

In 1981, the decals were like that.
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Looks like Thirfty Bill nailed it.

Here is a link to the 1981 912 catalog page.


and the spec page.


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Earlier miyatas had numbers, then I think in 1985 they switched to words.
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Thanks all. I'm assuming it is of a much lesser build quality than a late 80s as evidenced by the presence of the hi-ten fork?
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I don't know if “much lesser” is accurate, really. My family had one of the orange ones, and despite the hi-ten forks (and probably, the rear stays), it was a nice ride. I weighed the frame, and it was not the lightest thing, but within 200 grams of a Raleigh International, and 240 of a Bob Jackson. No big deal.
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Numerical naming continued into the 90's.....
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