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How'd I do? Used Nishiki Maricopa

Old 07-15-18, 05:56 PM
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How'd I do? Used Nishiki Maricopa

I picked up this bike (or ghost rode it, rather) yesterday for $110. The threads on the crank are chewed up but the pedals feel solid and don't wobble. After a good bath I can't seam to find any issues other than a broken top piece on the left side brifter.

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Old 07-15-18, 06:11 PM
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For only a hunnerd-ish, it looks like a nice score to me!!
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Old 07-21-18, 06:38 PM
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I figured I didnt do too bad. Just wish the frame was bigger
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Old 07-22-18, 10:01 AM
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Before I bought my new commuter (a 2015 Charge Plug "Performance Edition") I rode dozens of bikes. The Nishiki Maricopa made the short list. While it is lighter than my Charge Plug, it is aluminum and I really wanted steel (which the 2015 Plugs were). Also, while I really liked the steering angle and steering feel (even more than the plug), the shorter wheel base of the bike made the bike livelier and more responsive than the Plug, and I was looking for a less twitchy, more relaxed ride. However, I would have been very happy with the Nishiki Maricopa merely based on how it rode and felt.

FWIW My Charge Plug and my 1984 Nishiki International are both slightly small for me, and that works out better than riding a bike that's slightly too big.

Nice catch! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
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Old 07-22-18, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
Before I bought my new commuter (a 2015 Charge Plug "Performance Edition") I rode dozens of bikes. The Nishiki Maricopa made the short list. While it is lighter than my Charge Plug, it is aluminum and I really wanted steel (which the 2015 Plugs were). Also, while I really liked the steering angle and steering feel (even more than the plug), the shorter wheel base of the bike made the bike livelier and more responsive than the Plug, and I was looking for a less twitchy, more relaxed ride. However, I would have been very happy with the Nishiki Maricopa merely based on how it rode and felt.

FWIW My Charge Plug and my 1984 Nishiki International are both slightly small for me, and that works out better than riding a bike that's slightly too big.

Nice catch! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
Its how I've been getting around the past week and I'm certainly happy. I'm a light rider (160lbs) so frame material isn't as important to me as weight, in lbs anyway.

It's just the right amount of agile for me without getting too twitchy. It's a medium frame, and honestly even a large is a bit small for my very long arms. I'm always pushing my butt further back on the saddle so it's not a long enough top tube for me.

It's seams like a solid bike I can roll on till I get the funds to buy a Framed Baja carbon.
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Old 07-22-18, 04:07 PM
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How did fitting those 32 wides work out?
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I believe this is a modern Nishiki so not as good as the old ones. The old Nishikis were built by Japanese artisans who used to make samurai swords with nothing but hammer and files.
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Old 07-22-18, 06:13 PM
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How did fitting those 32 wides work out?
I have this same bike. I found that I couldn't get 28mm conti GP 4k SII onto the bike. Maybe smaller 28mm tires would fit better.

And Obeast, while I don't know where modern Nishiki frames are made now (probably Taiwan), they are sold in the USA by Dicks Sporting Goods. In the picture above, it's the same color as mine, and my bike is a 2014 model.

Back to my bike. After 4 years of owning this, every single component has been replaced. Only the frame is original. But this is now my main road bike, and I love riding it. My lesser bikes have inherited some of the original Maricopa components.

I'd say for $110, you got a good deal on this bike, Keiffith. Claris 3x8 groupset, and solid frame. I'd change out the brake pads though. They aren't very good.
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Old 07-22-18, 06:19 PM
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I have this same bike. I found that I couldn't get 28mm conti GP 4k SII onto the bike. Maybe smaller 28mm tires would fit better.
I think you could probably get a 28 on the front at the very least. That would help with the feel of the bike, since the forks are aluminium. The rear tire clearance is where I think you'd run into problems.
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How did fitting those 32 wides work out?
I believe you are right. Forgot to check rear break mount clearance, and I don't think a 32 will fit.

Plan on atleast squeezing 28's on it after my williams system 30 wheels get here.
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Originally Posted by toast3d View Post
I think you could probably get a 28 on the front at the very least. That would help with the feel of the bike, since the forks are aluminium. The rear tire clearance is where I think you'd run into problems.
True. I only tried the back tire. It's pointless for me now, as I switched my fork to a carbon fiber one. The original aluminum fork was a bit too rough for me. I'm running conti GP 4ks 25mm tires front and back now. However, the OP should at least try to find something better than the harsh original Kenda tires.
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Old 07-22-18, 11:27 PM
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Originally Posted by friday1970 View Post
True. I only tried the back tire. It's pointless for me now, as I switched my fork to a carbon fiber one. The original aluminum fork was a bit too rough for me. I'm running conti GP 4ks 25mm tires front and back now. However, the OP should at least try to find something better than the harsh original Kenda tires.
They are actually getting worn down quickly for how little I have ridden on them so I will hopefully have a the new (to me) Williams system 30 wheels fitted with 26c panaracer gravel kings next week.

I actually encounter loose gravel and road trash regularly that sketches me out at speed, hence the mild gravel tires. There's a carbon fork on CL locally for $30 and I'll try and snag it too
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There's a carbon fork on CL locally for $30 and I'll try and snag it too
I can't let that pass in good conscience without trying to warn you.

I hope you know exactly what you're doing. Otherwise I would strongly caution against buying anything carbon from some random stranger, no matter how cheap it is. You need to be able to spot dangerous issues with the carbon, and even then, there might be a problem inside where you can't see it.

And let's say there's nothing wrong with the fork. You still need to take every necessary precaution when setting up the bike with the fork, and make sure not to make any stupid mistakes with it during use or maintenance. Do not buy anything carbon, new or used, unless you understand how to take care of it and what not to do.

There is also an issue with something called galvanic corrosion. Aluminium and carbon do not mix well when any sort of moisture is introduced. If you live in a humid area or you plan on riding the bike in wet weather, you should keep that in mind.

Carbon is a good material for bikes but it needs to be respected for what it is, otherwise you will probably regret it.
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Old 07-23-18, 09:46 AM
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I can't let that pass in good conscience without trying to warn you.

I hope you know exactly what you're doing. Otherwise I would strongly caution against buying anything carbon from some random stranger, no matter how cheap it is. You need to be able to spot dangerous issues with the carbon, and even then, there might be a problem inside where you can't see it.

And let's say there's nothing wrong with the fork. You still need to take every necessary precaution when setting up the bike with the fork, and make sure not to make any stupid mistakes with it during use or maintenance. Do not buy anything carbon, new or used, unless you understand how to take care of it and what not to do.

There is also an issue with something called galvanic corrosion. Aluminium and carbon do not mix well when any sort of moisture is introduced. If you live in a humid area or you plan on riding the bike in wet weather, you should keep that in mind.

Carbon is a good material for bikes but it needs to be respected for what it is, otherwise you will probably regret it.
I am aware of precautions that must be taken with carbon.

The fork, im being told, was mocked up an not used. It has a disk mount so I know it isn't old either
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Here is my Nishiki, though a bit dirty from yesterday's rainy ride. Carbon fork, Origin8 XLT crankset, older Microshift Arsis 10 speed groupset, Carbon fiber bars and seat post, and Vuelta SLR wheelset.
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Old 07-24-18, 11:38 PM
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Here is my Nishiki, though a bit dirty from yesterday's rainy ride. Carbon fork, Origin8 XLT crankset, older Microshift Arsis 10 speed groupset, Carbon fiber bars and seat post, and Vuelta SLR wheelset.
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The fact you have kept the frame disheartens me since I need a large instead of a medium

However if I see a large frame used, regardless of component condition, I would definitely jump on it
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The fact you have kept the frame disheartens me since I need a large instead of a medium

However if I see a large frame used, regardless of component condition, I would definitely jump on it
Actually, my frame is the small size. I'm not the tallest guy in the world. So when I saw this on the shelf and being in my size, I bought it. Not too many bikes fit me well.
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Old 07-25-18, 10:21 PM
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Actually, my frame is the small size. I'm not the tallest guy in the world. So when I saw this on the shelf and being in my size, I bought it. Not too many bikes fit me well.
I'm on the opposite side of the spectrum

6'1" with a long reach. Large is big enough, but 60cm I would prefer
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Upgraded the wheels to Ws30's and panaracer gravelking tires in 28c.
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