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1989 Miyata 1400 to go along with my 1989 Team

Old 07-12-11, 09:35 PM
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1989 Miyata 1400 to go along with my 1989 Team

1989 Miyata 1400 (that's right, no A at the end. This is the real-deal STB cr-mo one).

Just picked this bike up tonight. Spotted it on craigslist yesterday morning and thought for sure it had been scooped up as it was listed the previous evening. I guess I got lucky! I've been looking for a high-end '88-93 Miyata in the 56cm style for a while now after I fell in love with my unfortunately looking but beautifully-riding Team Miyata.

I believe the guy I bought this from was the original owner. It's immaculate and all stock except for the upgraded 600 crankset from the silly biopace and I put the Avocet saddle from my '93 RB-1 on it. All it needs is new bar tape!

Now I have to decided if I want to upgrade it to Ultegra 6700 or stay with the vintage stuff.

I wish there was still some daylight to get more of that deep blue to pop out.


See the confetti? There's a party on that top tube.


Love that fender skirt on the RD.


Hi old friends, haven't used you in a while.


Even tricolor hubs!


I'm ready for when neon colors come back in style.
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Old 07-12-11, 10:29 PM
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Freakin' Sweet! Nice find on that one!
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Love it. I have a strange and unhealthy relationship with tricolor. And Miyatas. So this one is up my alley.
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I finally got to ride it for a half-hour last night. The ride is great, just like my Team. It's fun going back to DT shifters but I think eventually I'll switch to STI. I'm just too used to having controls on the bars and I prefer the ergonomics of brifters.
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Beauty!
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I was looking at this and had the same thought as you, "How is that still there?" Glad a fellow Miyata lover got their hands on it and not a flipper!
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Yeah I think the wording of my initial email might have helped. I told him I already have almost exactly the same bike and just wanted another, and I had cash in hand. Guess it worked!
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Looks pretty sweet. Some nice bikes out there from the swansong era of steel.
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I was wanting to see some pics of that Team and let me just say
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At first I thought you had a super fancy chrome top-tubed one.

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We have the exact same bike here. My wife rides it now. . Per Miyata's 1989 brochure , what you have is a Team frameset with a little longer rear stay and downgraded components. You will be hard pressed to find a nicer riding frame, enjoy.

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Awesome! I have a set of those Tri-color hubs laying around and they are insanely smooth, super nice stuff for sure.
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Originally Posted by Fred Smedley View Post
what you have is a Team frameset with a little longer rear stay
I have an '84 Team and that sounds absolutely magical.

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Originally Posted by Oregon Southpaw View Post
I was wanting to see some pics of that Team and let me just say
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At first I thought you had a super fancy chrome top-tubed one.
Yep that's it, battlescars and all!
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Originally Posted by liquefied View Post
1989 Miyata 1400 (that's right, no A at the end. This is the real-deal STB cr-mo one).


I'm ready for when neon colors come back in style.
haven't you noticed, they are back in style, hipsters use tons of neon, if hipsters use them then they're hip right?!? back in style?
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Originally Posted by mapleleafs-13 View Post
haven't you noticed, they are back in style, hipsters use tons of neon, if hipsters use them then they're hip right?!? back in style?
It means it's not hip in the mainstream yet. When it becomes mainstream, then they move on.
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Went for a little 20-mile after work ride tonight. I love this bike. It definitely gives the Team a run for its money.

I put new bar tape on it and one of my Toupe saddles. Unfortunately there's no clearance between the top of the seatpost clamp and the underside of the Toupe so there's no give in the middle of the saddle which is not very comfortable. Thinking about getting one of those pretty Nitto S-83 posts for it.

Another problem is the cassette. I think it's a 12-26 or 11-26 7-speed with some Grand Canyon sized gaps between the ratios. Not sure if I'll replace it or just wait until I put a modern group on the bike.
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Nice Ride! Here's mine.

If you upgrade your group set I would be interested in the Shimano 600 set you have. My bike has been repaired and ridden for about 3000mi in the last two years (I commute to work through all weather as much as I can). The bike handles and feels great. Parts are wearing out but will use them up. At least your paint job is superb and no scratches. Mine came with the USA flag over the headtube decal which makes it easy to identify!
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Great looking ride, liquefied!! Just got my hands on my first Miyata- love it!!
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Very nice! I had the next years model, the 1400A, for some time and liked it quite a bit, even with the aluminum fork. Yours looks immaculate!
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Originally Posted by liquefied View Post
1989 Miyata 1400 (that's right, no A at the end. This is the real-deal STB cr-mo one).
OK, I have to ask - what don't you like about the 1400A (AlumiTech), or is it just aluminum bikes in general you don't like?

Good luck with your 1400, she looks great!
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NCC 1701. No bloody A, B, C or D.
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Now that was funny! Perfect response to my question I guess.

It made my day!
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Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
OK, I have to ask - what don't you like about the 1400A (AlumiTech), or is it just aluminum bikes in general you don't like?

Good luck with your 1400, she looks great!
Ha! tugrul's response was great. Actually there's nothing really wrong with the Al bikes. I just prefer the steel ones!
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