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Miyata Steel Bikes, would you buy one?
Last Post 10/06/2013 05:34 PM by Carbon Gecko. 17 Replies.
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Gonzo Cyclist

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09/15/2013 01:32 PM
In some negotiations to bring these back into the states, pretty nice stuff, full Campy groupo's, very reasonably priced
http://www.miyatabike.com/project/japon/en_bike_themiyata.html
zootracer

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09/15/2013 01:43 PM
The prices I saw were all in Japanese yen...back in the day they made pretty good, reasonably priced bikes..
Gonzo Cyclist

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09/15/2013 02:00 PM
they translate into something like 1700.00 bucks, or at least under 2 grand for the high end bikes, not bad by today's prices of bikes
bobswire

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09/15/2013 02:47 PM
I think that would be cool, would they be successful? I doubt it except for old codgers like me who grew up with the brand though they still have a good run in Europe with Koga Miyata.
At that price level with Super Record it would be very tempting.
79pmooney

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09/15/2013 02:53 PM
Not quite my fit, but what a bike! For the person it fits, and that is a lot of people, that is a steal for the $$s. Top of the line old school. I'll bet the workmanship on that frame equals any non-custom anywhere and a lot of customs. And a ride that will never get old. Nice! I hope there is a market to justify bring those bikes in.

Ben
Keith Richards

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09/16/2013 12:41 PM
Those are pretty.

You have to educate the sales staff if you are going to sell steel at this price point. Explain why the Nitto Pearl stem/seat pin is the bomb, things like that. (/career sales person)
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Keith Richards

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09/16/2013 12:57 PM
Let me know if this works out man. I appreciate Miyata's pledge to the steel bike. I would like to be involved.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Dale

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09/16/2013 01:23 PM
At least the are trying to differentiate themselves from the massive number of "me-too" bikes.

I read where Trek-Spez-Giant-Cannondale sell 75% of the bikes in the US IBD channel. The remaining 25% is split among dozens of brands trying to make a living off of crumbs and having to find some niche market that the big four find too small to go after.
jmdirt

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09/16/2013 04:28 PM
Gonzo, I don't know about your area but I don't think many of those would sell around here. Like Bobswire said, only a few old codgers would probably buy them.

Dale, We live in a me too society. ie: Look at any segment of the auto market, they all look the same.
ElleSeven

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09/16/2013 06:27 PM
The Grouch across the street still rides his Tulip-issued "Team" Koga-Miyata. It looks pretty much exactly like the ones in the link. The only difference he spotted was that the rear brake cable, then routed on top of the top tube through continuous housing, now appears to be internal. The Grouch's appears to have survived some sort of guerrilla war, with something that looks like shrapnel imbedded in the paint. He loves that bike.
Gonzo Cyclist

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09/22/2013 11:26 AM
Keith, I'll keep you posted on this
jm and Dale, and all, thanks for the feedback! Our shop, Mellow Velo in Santa Fe, we definitely have a niche market and we do quite well, these will fit very nicely with the Cinnelli, Ciocc, Tommasini, and Olmo Streel bikes that we build for our clients. S.F. is full of old codgers with crazy expendable income, these are the same guys we have been doing Santa Cruz, Pivot and Turner 10K builds for here in Santa Fe, it's nuts. The good thing about Santa Fe is we don't have the big box stores, but we do have one guy who is the a big Trek, Cannondale and Spez dealer, he's actually a buddy of mine that I have known since I was 8. He has his faithful custy's as we have ours. If anyone here wants to hit a big box store, they just drive 60 miles south to Albq. NM but it's all about shopping local here
jacques_anquetil

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09/22/2013 03:23 PM
hey KR, can you explain why the Nitto Pearl stem/seat pin is the bomb, things like that?
79pmooney

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09/22/2013 06:49 PM
j_a, I can't speak for the post, I haven't seen one yet, but that stem is 1) beautiful and beautifully finished and 2) really nicely made. Fits and machining are right on. Bolts are really nice. I have never seen a stem as well made. Worthy of the nicest frames made. It would nor surprise me at all if they have Japanese keirn roots. (If you have ever seen a keirin track bike, you know what I am talking about.)

Nitto has been making pro quality gear a long time. My Fuji Pro's bar & stem were as good as any in 1976 except they came with no Italian whiz factor.

Ben
Keith Richards

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09/23/2013 05:30 PM
Posted By jacques anquetil on 09/22/2013 03:23 PM
hey KR, can you explain why the Nitto Pearl stem/seat pin is the bomb, things like that?


Go to ebay and check out how much quality Nitto stuff retails for. Nitto is the go to brand for Japanese small parts, especially for NJS certified track parts. The Nitto S65 Crystal Fellow Seat Post has been around almost unchanged for 20 years. They are the Japanese equivalent of what American Classic used to be. But my bigger point is you have to educate your sales staff these are the little details that you need, no HAVE to accentuate when selling these bikes to a hesitant customer. Stories sell things better than the thing itself sometimes.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Gonzo Cyclist

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09/27/2013 09:06 PM
"Stories sell things better than the thing itself sometimes."
ha ha ha, very good point, you should see how the Volagi's roll out of our shop, we give people the story, and usually after some research, they come back and say, "Oh my god, I have to buy that bike now, I love these guys""
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