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Old 10-11-12, 11:45 PM
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Miyata VS Koga Miyata

Hey all you old bicycle know it alls...maybe someone can shed some light on this. I was working in a bicycle shop from 82 to 89. We carried Miyata bicycles from 83 to 86 or so. We dropped the line because locally we couldnt make money on them. To many dealers and we had a couple dealers that liked to give the bicycles away.

Well. I lost touch with Miyata and what they were doing. Now I see bicycles from my era and after called Koga Miyata. Does anyone know the history of this.

When did they add "Koga" to the miyata name and why.

Just wondering. Please advise.

Plus I am looking for a very nice condition Team or Pro Miyata frame. I have an old Dura Ace group to put on it.

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Old 10-11-12, 11:50 PM
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I be curious as well! Miyata's are kick-*** frames.
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Way I understand it...Miyata was the Japanese company whose bikes were imported to the U.S. Koga-Miyata was the importer for Europe and continues to import them to this day.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koga_Miyata
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No, koga sounds japanese, but it's actually as dutch as can be. It stands for Kobus Gaastra, heir to the batavus bike empire (one of the biggest dutch mfct'rs). He bought himself into miyata, existing since 1896 (stsrting out as a gun maker) to bring in european knowledge on bike design, and to open up the closer euro market to high quality japanese bikes. Very fruitful, sincr miyata is now the main player in the higher end bike market in the nl's.

Or that's what i heard. It actually contradicts the wiki article.
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Old 10-12-12, 03:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Italuminium View Post
It stands for Kobus Gaastra, heir to the batavus bike empire (one of the biggest dutch mfct'rs). He bought himself into miyata, existing since 1896 (stsrting out as a gun maker) to bring in european knowledge on bike design, and to open up the closer euro market to high quality japanese bikes.
His name is Andries Gaastra, and they used the maiden name of his wife Marion Kowallik for the 'Ko'.

Koga Miyatas had Japanese Miyata frames, that were sometimes made to a Dutch design. Nowadays Koga Miyata is just named Koga, as they have stopped using Miyata frames for a very long time.

In fact, I'd be curious to know when they stopped using Japanses frames, and went over to Taiwanese frames mostly -- from 1986 onwards Giant bikes were assembled in the Dutch Koga factory as well.

So, I'd say, early Koga Miyatas, from the era 1973-1985 most certainly have Miyata frames. After that time, some may have them, and some don't. But when you see a Koga with an aluminium frame it most certainly will not be made by Miyata.

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Old 10-12-12, 04:05 AM
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Mandatory picture of my favourite ride, a 1979 Koga Miyata Gent's Racer S. That still has some original parts left.

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Up to and including 1995 they were Japanese Miyata frames. Including everything aluminum, carbolite and titanium. From 1996 production moved to Taiwan, officially under supervision of Miyata.

Competition bikes benefitted from input by the teams that raced Koga-Miyata. There were Miyata frames that were unique for Koga, like the traditional Dutchbikes, the Max-tubing FullPro and the elevated chainstay mountainbike. Frames that were positioned about the same, like the KM GentsLuxe-S and Miyata 912, differed in multiple details: forks, lugs and so on. Paint finishings, graphics and component specs differed. Dito for marketing. Miyata US had a wider line up. Koga's line up started higher and was wider at the top. Koga catalogues were glossy distinctive looking. Stands on tradeshows were classy all black.
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