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Old 05-03-05, 09:57 PM
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Koga Miyata World Traveler

Hello All,

Does anybody ride the aluminum Koga Miyata World Traveler? If you do or know anyone who does, what are your (their) impression regarding riding and touring with this aluminum rig? Any serious problem(s) or "wish-it-hads"?

I am interested in this bike, hence my trying to find out all I can about this bike. It is quite expensive at $2700, but it seems quite well thought out and loaded. I am also interested if anyone knows what the frame warranty policy of Koga-Miyata entails.

Thanks for your help.

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The Koga Miyata WT used to be my dream touring bike. Then they went to alumimum frames in late 2003 and ultimately lost their lustre for me and judging on thier reviews in magazines such Cycling Plus and Velo101(france) they lost thier lustre a bit with the cycling press also. When I saw the new bike at the 2003 NY bike show I was excited at first with the new aluminum frame, I thought it would have substanially thicker wall tubing than most other aluminum bikes. but in reality it is standard 7005 tubing in bigger diameters, it is strong but IMO likely not as durable as steel. They also shortened the chainstays by 1.5 centimeters which shifts more weight onto the rear wheel and decreases clearence between the panniers and the back of your heel when pedalling. I don't care for the XT shifters, A guy I ride with dropped his mtb at low speed during a ride and the right shifter hit a rock and practically shattered. Bar ends or thumb shifters like paul's thumbies would have been a more dependable choice IMO.

The price on the WT went up over $200 this year most of that likely due to the weak US dollar to the stronger Euro . For $700 less you could buy a steel frame Bruce Gordon BLTx with everthing but the lights. fenders and the Brooks conquest saddle, The 2005 LX parts should be just as durable as the XT.
https://www.bgcycles.com/blt_zoom2.html

You could also order a custom frame from a custom builder like Tom Teasdale , order only the parts you want to use and build it up yourself ( if you don't know how to build up a bike here is an opportunity to learn) and still come under $2600
https://www.tetcycles.com/Frames/Moun...t_touring.html

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Thanks Velonomad,

I am concerned about an aluminum Tourer, but the Koga-Miyata is an awesome looking machine. I wonder what you think of Thorn bicycles. I am dreaming of the Thorn Exp. What do you think of either the Exp or the Nomad?

The cost of course are astronomical, but if one were to buy a Tourer for all eternity, then maybe one should "swing for the fence".

What do you think?

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If you are going to "swing for the fence" get a Rivendell.

I agree with velonomad the Bruce Gordon BLT looks like a good bike. I'd get it.

Chain-stay length is important in a touring bike not just for heel clearance withn panniers, but it adds stability to any bike.
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