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Restored a 1980s Nishiki Cascade MTB.

Old 12-11-12, 03:41 PM
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Restored a 1980s Nishiki Cascade MTB.

While visiting my parents on Thanksgiving, I found my father's old Nishiki Cascade. He believes it was purchased new in 86 or 87. I remember riding this bike all growing up before I got my first real bike (1990 Specialized Rockhopper). I had just met the parent of a child at my daughter's daycare that did antique car restoration. He told me he had done several bikes before (blasting and painting mostly). When I saw the bike, it clicked. I'd fix it up, mostly for nostalgia sake --- but, I also wanted a fat tired SS.

For reference this is what the bike looked like new (stolen from MTBReview):


When I found her:


Within 4 days, she was blasted clean:


2 days after that, powder coat was done:


Less than 2 weeks after finding her dusty and dry rotted....All clean now:


At this point, I'm still waiting on brakes, seat post, and decals from the fine people at Velocals.com

I should've taken good picture at all stages of this, but I honestly had everything done so quickly, didn't really even think about it.

Edit: Decals just arrived today!
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Old 12-11-12, 03:46 PM
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sweet i woulda gone with a similar color to the original though (just cause i'm a sucker for those 80s aquamarines
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I fixed one of those up for a friend as a city bike. It had some really cool components on it like the Suntour Rollercams as the rear brake and a 3 pulley Suntour XC derailleur. Hopefully, you ordered a u-brake and a canti/v-brake for yours as well.
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Wow, I love what you've done with this! Looks great. And I have to humbly disagree with Frantik on the color choice, I very much prefer the new color over the original teal, especially with the black and white accents.

Now about switching to single speed.... hmmm, I don't know, I guess that depends how you plan to use it. Should make a nice runabout in town. I look forward to pic's of the completed bike.
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Originally Posted by mparker326 View Post
I fixed one of those up for a friend as a city bike. It had some really cool components on it like the Suntour Rollercams as the rear brake and a 3 pulley Suntour XC derailleur. Hopefully, you ordered a u-brake and a canti/v-brake for yours as well.
hopefully he ordered canti front and ubrake rear. or levers that have the option to switch between short and long pull.. cause vbrakes need different pull than cantis/ubrake
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hopefully he ordered canti front and ubrake rear. or levers that have the option to switch between short and long pull.. cause vbrakes need different pull than cantis/ubrake
cantis front. Can't see it, but I've got levers that can do both, yes.

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Old 12-11-12, 04:27 PM
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cantis front. Can't see it, but I've got levers that can do both, yes.
you'd only need the levers that do both if you're going to run vbrake front and ubrake rear (though having them is useful for the option in the future)
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Old 12-11-12, 05:42 PM
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They were what the bike store had in stock



Headbadge and one side down.
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Nice, I'm digging the color-matched bullmoose bars. I like the original AND the new color, looks like it's going to be a great ride.

Looking forward to seeing the rest of the build. Lots of cool braze-ons, I hope you set up a portage strap.
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i'm not saying i don't like the new color, i just like green more though the white decal sure does look good with the blue
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Finally done! Took about 20 days! I ordered new brake triangle hangers as the one's that were supplied with the brakes, are silver and not very adjustable! Rides great!
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Nice!
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very nice
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So very nice to see a used MTB that isn't green or purple. ALL used MTBs are green or purple.

Really dig the color-matched bars and the white pedals. That's nice.

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Nice looking "26er"


What are you going to do with all those useless old parts?
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Originally Posted by Captain Blight View Post
So very nice to see a used MTB that isn't green
what's wrong with green

What are you going to do with all those useless old parts?
i just noticed the original pic has one of those funky 3 pulley RDs

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The old parts were honestly in bad shape. I've got the dia compe brakes. the rear is a rolling canti, kind of neat. I wish I kept the original seat post. It was fluted. Looked nice.

Thanks for all the compliments. I really, really like this bike. Mores than most of my others. It's a lot of nostalgia, but also it just looks really good.

I wish I could use normal cantis in the back. I really hate U-brakes. The standard hanger that comes with them is crap. I can't wait for the new hangers to get in.
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i agree ubrakes are a pain in the butt.. at least yours isn't under the seat stay though :-p

you could have had had someone move the brake studs before you painted it.. might even be able to have your guy retouch the paint if you did want a frame builder to modify the frame.

If my Univega mtb wasn't fully chromed, i'd consider having canti studs added
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Looks great! I love everything about it. Well done!
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i wonder why they put a u brake on only the rear. anyone know the reason?
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how much to restore?

This is so cool. I have this same (original) Nishiki Cascade in my shed. I mountain biked on it in the 80's and broke at least 2 forks

Mine is actually in reasonably good shape as it has been kept inside for the past 20 years but I really like the idea of restoring it. Roughly how much did you spend?
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Looks fantastic! I like the color, as I chose a similar shade for my mtb project. Your SS Nishiki conversion came out great.
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Originally Posted by Captain Blight View Post
So very nice to see a used MTB that isn't green or purple. ALL used MTBs are green or purple.

Really dig the color-matched bars and the white pedals. That's nice.
You mean like this? . . .

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This bike came out great. Old mtbs are really fun to restore.
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