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Old 08-19-14, 01:26 PM
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Need help with "New to me" Nishiki Race Hybrid Pro SL

I got this bike for a couple hundred bucks after recently getting a road bike and found out I love ridding. The bike is in very good condition and doesn't seem that it was used much. Other than maybe needing to replace the seat and the front brake pads it's still all stock and everything works great. I think it may be a 2004-2005??

Problem is I couldn't find anything about the bike or if it's even worth the $$ I spent or how I would get parts... Anyone know anything about these bikes or how to get info on Nishiki bikes?

Here is a picture I found online.


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Old 08-19-14, 01:38 PM
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they were one of the many brands sold in bike shops.. like most brands a whole range of price niches ..

Blind? cant do anything for you , walk into a bike shop and let them see it.
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Old 08-19-14, 02:31 PM
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Check out bicyclebluebook.com. Plug in the model then search colors and parts of the years to find which one yours is. Sounds like you did well on your purchase. Congrats.
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I think Dick's Sporting Goods sells the the Nishiki brand now? Don't know if they're even the same bikes anymore.
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So hate to burst your bubble, but Nishiki probably manufactures absolutely nothing these days. Most frames are made in China or Taiwan, by a small number of manufacturers. They are contracted by the bike brands to make to their specifications.

Most of the Drive train parts are going to be from Shimano(or sometimes SRAM). Higher end bike might use Campagnolo, but not this one. Brakes would be probably Shimano, or Tektro.

So take it into your favorite bike shop, and don't worry if they don't carry Nishiki. They will have all the parts you need.
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Ok I couldn't find anything about the bike in any of the major bike databases, but it does use shimano parts. I know the frame is made in taiwan as it has a nice sticker right on the frame.

Anyone know if this is even a good bike or anything about it at all?
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Old 08-19-14, 07:02 PM
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Major question is does it fit? If it fits you and doesn't fall apart after a few rides, it's a good bike. As for parts, bike parts are pretty universal. You could put a complete di2 group on a walmart bike if you did your research and really wanted to. I'm guessing you bought this as a trainer or commuter so you can leave the Roubaix at home.
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For what it's worth, I just purchased a Nishiki hybrid from Dicks for my GF. She is a beginning rider. I found it to be quite a bit of bike for the money. It listed for 575 but I got it on sale for 425. Normally I would have gone for a Trek, Giant, etc. But the components were all a step up from the big boys, so I went with it, and I have no regrets. She loves it. Her happy = me happy! :-)

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There are (were?) two Nishiki brands now; the US Dick´s and a European one based around the Baltic countries. I think the European one went bankrupt a while ago. Your bike might be from them

This is a name that fans of 80s road bikes and early 90s MTBs look for, especially the lugged made in Japan frames and the elevated stay bikes. They did have a hard time transitioning to full suspension in the mid to late 90s. I remember a magazine review of the full suspension bike where the rear triangle broke. That was pretty bad back then - some publications had a lot of influence

Anyways, that bike looks decent with middle class components - a step up from the basic models.
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Originally Posted by Cafe View Post
Major question is does it fit? If it fits you and doesn't fall apart after a few rides, it's a good bike. As for parts, bike parts are pretty universal. You could put a complete di2 group on a walmart bike if you did your research and really wanted to. I'm guessing you bought this as a trainer or commuter so you can leave the Roubaix at home.
Yes it's the same size as my other bike and a little adjustments and it fits good. Just need some clip on pedals now.

Yeah this was a great condition bike I wanted to get for winter when it's wet and bad weather and when I go camping which is often. Plus there are tons of dirt trails and parks for dirt riding so for $200 I pulled the trigger. Just wasn't sure if it was worth anything or not. Looks like it was a good investment because all I did was add air and ride.
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Originally Posted by DorkDisk View Post
There are (were?) two Nishiki brands now; the US Dick´s and a European one based around the Baltic countries. I think the European one went bankrupt a while ago. Your bike might be from them

This is a name that fans of 80s road bikes and early 90s MTBs look for, especially the lugged made in Japan frames and the elevated stay bikes. They did have a hard time transitioning to full suspension in the mid to late 90s. I remember a magazine review of the full suspension bike where the rear triangle broke. That was pretty bad back then - some publications had a lot of influence

Anyways, that bike looks decent with middle class components - a step up from the basic models.
Well I know the frame wasn't made in japan, but based on all the research and info most of the websites are EU sites so I'm sure it's from that part of the world. However even then only a few sites talked about performance of the bike so hard to find out any info.
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Dicks Sporting Goods sells Nishiki and Diamondback bicycles. I visited the store, and looked at their overall quality, which is excellent for the price they charge. If you bought your bike on the used market for $200.00, and the overall cosmetic and mechanical condition are excellent, then it doesn't really matter whether you can or can't find it on the database. The important parts are a strait frame and standard components which can be replaced.

If all you had to do was add air and ride, without having to take it to a shop and replace wear parts, then you did very well. Just new wheels alone for that bike will cost at least $100.00, and tires are $50.00 each. Seats cost $50.00 to replace, and handlebar tape goes for $40.00 when installed by a mechanic. Or, the grips can set you back the same amount if you want decent ones. If you just need a tuneup, that's $75.00. Contrary to what most of the public believes, bicycles DO need maintenance, and repairs cost money. There is a lot of junk out there that people just want to unload because they don't want to bother with the cost of repair!
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Originally Posted by MrCoffee View Post
Dicks Sporting Goods sells Nishiki and Diamondback bicycles. I visited the store, and looked at their overall quality, which is excellent for the price they charge. If you bought your bike on the used market for $200.00, and the overall cosmetic and mechanical condition are excellent, then it doesn't really matter whether you can or can't find it on the database. The important parts are a strait frame and standard components which can be replaced.

If all you had to do was add air and ride, without having to take it to a shop and replace wear parts, then you did very well. Just new wheels alone for that bike will cost at least $100.00, and tires are $50.00 each. Seats cost $50.00 to replace, and handlebar tape goes for $40.00 when installed by a mechanic. Or, the grips can set you back the same amount if you want decent ones. If you just need a tuneup, that's $75.00. Contrary to what most of the public believes, bicycles DO need maintenance, and repairs cost money. There is a lot of junk out there that people just want to unload because they don't want to bother with the cost of repair!
With the price of the parts and repairs that you listed can you blame them?
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Just new wheels alone for that bike will cost at least $100.00, and tires are $50.00 each. Seats cost $50.00 to replace, and handlebar tape goes for $40.00 when installed by a mechanic. Or, the grips can set you back the same amount if you want decent ones. If you just need a tuneup, that's $75.00.
Seats cost 50$? Since when? I saw a wall of seats from 20$-100$ and everything in between at my last trip to the bike shop.
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Seats cost 50$? Since when? I saw a wall of seats from 20$-100$ and everything in between at my last trip to the bike shop.
You place the median between $20.00 and $100.00, and end up with $60.00, so I was short by $10.00. I suppose one could get the most affordable one, at $20.00. Also, about the junk that people want to unload: I am referring to the "bike shaped objects" that are picked up at department stores that end up being stored outside, rusting to the point to where they are no longer rideable.
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