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Old 06-13-19, 01:22 PM
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Nishiki Saga - Seeking Info about stock rear wheel

Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
The serial number is actually DS90 504143. Your frame was manufactured by Dodsun of Taiwan in May 1989. As a sanity check, the decal scheme is consistent with 1989, as is that version of the SunTour XCE derailleur. The latter was redesigned for 1990 and the Saga does not appear in my 1990 price list. Unfortunately, I don't have a 1989 US market catalogue. It does not appear in the 1989 Canadian market catalogue but there were often differences between these two markets.

Any guesses as to the specs of the original rear hub (brand, spacing, freewheel/cassette, QR/bolt-on, spoke count)?


Whatever it was had to be compatible with 6-speed Suntour Accushift, so I'm guessing it was maybe Suntour or one of their OEMs (Sansin/Sunshine?) with a Suntour freewheel. The front hub has no markings on it, so I get no clues from that. The rear spacing is 135mm, but I'm not sure if it was spread to accommodate the bolt-on "department store bike"-grade rear wheel


For now I'd like to keep this bike as stock as possible but not necessarily restored to original, so all I currently need to do is replace the rear wheel. However, finding a good quality silver 135mm, 6 speed, QR hub may be a challenge, even if (as I understand) the Shimano 6 speed cog spacing is the same as Suntour non-Ultra 6 speed. I'll check my favorite LBS, of course. I'm building another bike ('84 Trek 620) with 6 speed Suntour barcons, and 6 speed cassette stuff is sorta rare, so 6 speed freewheel is probably the way I should go.

As always, any info is greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-23-19, 03:33 PM
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My 83/84 Westwood, built with Tange Champion tubing. Info is a little scarce on these, but the manufacturing code is
1983. Suntour and Dia Compe parts. This particular one is near new, as close as I've seen on a vintage bike over 30 years old.




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Old 06-23-19, 07:35 PM
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Wow! This is a L O N G thread. Here is my 1985 International with Tange 1 Oversized Tubing and a few updates...


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Old 06-23-19, 08:19 PM
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Nice.
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Old 06-24-19, 05:49 AM
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Originally Posted by jmlandry77 View Post
Wow! This is a L O N G thread. Here is my 1985 International with Tange 1 Oversized Tubing and a few updates...
While it was manufactured in 1985, it is a 1986 model.
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Old 06-25-19, 12:30 AM
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Nishiki Custom Sport

Saved from certain dumpster death to wall art ;-) Pulled some Dura Ace brakes from the misc. parts box for fun. Another serial number for T-Mar...KC25616


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Old 06-25-19, 06:14 AM
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Originally Posted by royleroy View Post
My 83/84 Westwood, built with Tange Champion tubing. Info is a little scarce on these, but the manufacturing code is
1983. Suntour and Dia Compe parts. This particular one is near new, as close as I've seen on a vintage bike over 30 years old.
Very nice example of a 1984 Westwood in the Metallic Cinnamon finish and with the relatively rare SunTour Le Tech rear derailleur. The missing pedals were SunTour XC-II. Despite the appearance, the saddle does appear to have been exchanged for something cheaper, as OEM spec was an Avocet Touring.
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Old 06-25-19, 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Londonsworld View Post
Saved from certain dumpster death to wall art ;-) Pulled some Dura Ace brakes from the misc. parts box for fun. Another serial number for T-Mar...KC25616
Thank-you. This would appear to be a 1984 model year, as the 1983 literature shows and specs this model in solid burgundy (i.e. no silver head tube). This can be confirmed from the tubing decal as the 1983 version was Tange #5 plain gauge CrMo , while the 1984 version was an unspecified Tange double butted CrMo. Both used hi-tensile stays and fork. Component specs for both years were similar : SunTour AR derailleurs Sugino crankset (RT in 1983, GT in 1984), Dia-Compe 500 series brakes (N version in 1983, Q version in 1984), Sanshin hubs (QR front, nutted rear) laced to 27" Araya 16A rims.
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Old 06-25-19, 08:03 AM
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Correct, I have the XC2 pedals as well. And yes, the saddle is not original. Apparently this was purchased and stored in a bedroom, unridden.
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Old 07-05-19, 11:09 PM
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Nishiki Safari almost finished



Well worth the time and effort!
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Old 07-13-19, 10:17 PM
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Hello everyone. I have a Nishiki custom sport serial # S1 4B383, I would love to have some info on. I received it as a gift and wondered if it was worth fixing up or keeping as original as possible. I’m too new to post pics yet apparently but it’s in pretty good shape. The tires are 27 1/4. Brakes are Dia-compe. Shimano 600 derailleur. It seems fairly old and I always hesitate to alter anything that’s vintage. Thanks.
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Old 08-04-19, 11:30 AM
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Nishiki Forest

I was wondering if anyone has any info on my early 90ís Nishiki Forest mountain bike. I bought it new when I was in the military while I was stationed in South Korea. Serial number is GJO 1270. Is it a Giant frame? Worth holding on to?
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Old 08-06-19, 04:35 AM
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Sport

Nishiki Sport, 1985. G0185.

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Old 08-06-19, 08:11 PM
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Nishiki Liner and Tri-A Attn: T-Mar;-)

I really didn't need another bike.....I just can't say no to Nishiki
More serial numbers for T-MAR!








My other crazy buddy snatched up this small Tri-A for his daughter. Really nice frame and fork!
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Old 08-07-19, 01:37 PM
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Hey,

I have this newly acquired Giant Perigee with serial number GB217503...

**My pictures got corrupted... See this post.**

Based on the system I quoted below (which appears to be the closest fit) the 3rd digit being '2' indicates that it is maybe a 1992... Just want to confirm that this is the correct system for Giant branded frames, not just Nishikis.

Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Giant manufactured frames (1987-1989*)

Serial number formatt Gfyxxxxx where,
G = Giant
f = letter indicating fortnight (i.e A = weeks 1-2, B = weeks 3-3,... Z=weeks 51-52)
y =last digit of calendar year of manufacture (i.e. 7 = 1987, 8 = 1988, etc.)
xxxxx = numbers probably indicating a sequential manufacturing number during the fortnight

Example: GD706959 was the 6,959th frame manufactured during the 4th fortnight of 1987.

* The serial number format appears to started in 1987 and is known to extend beyond 1989 on Giant branded models, though no Nishiki examples have been reported, to date.
Thanks!

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Old 08-17-19, 03:20 PM
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Nishiki Intl. saved from the crusher to yard art

Nishiki International / Serial number for T-Mar / KA03088 / Saved the headset, seatpost, handlebars, BB and rusty Suntour Blueline parts....The fork was mangled and the frame is damaged.



Has crash damage ;-(


Kawamura built / WCCSC
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Originally Posted by SeanBikes View Post
Hey,

I have this newly acquired Giant Perigee with serial number GB217503...

**My pictures got corrupted... See this post.**

Based on the system I quoted below (which appears to be the closest fit) the 3rd digit being '2' indicates that it is maybe a 1992... Just want to confirm that this is the correct system for Giant branded frames, not just Nishikis.



Thanks!
Yes, Giant used the same serial number format for both their eponymous branded and contract manufactured frames. The serial number, in conjunction with the Shimano 300EX indcates a 1992 model. FYI, the main triangle is CrMo with CrMO forks but the stays are hi-tensile steel. The missing wheelset employed Shimano 300EX hubs laced to 700C Araya SP30 rims and the rear cogs were 13-26T. FYI, the MSRP was $445 CDN.
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Originally Posted by Londonsworld View Post
Nishiki International / Serial number for T-Mar / KA03088 / Saved the headset, seatpost, handlebars, BB and rusty Suntour Blueline parts....The fork was mangled and the frame is damaged.

Has crash damage ;-(

Kawamura built / WCCSC
Thxs for the submission. Too bad about the bent tubes. FYI, the official colour designation is Lake Blue.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Yes, Giant used the same serial number format for both their eponymous branded and contract manufactured frames. The serial number, in conjunction with the Shimano 300EX indcates a 1992 model. FYI, the main triangle is CrMo with CrMO forks but the stays are hi-tensile steel. The missing wheelset employed Shimano 300EX hubs laced to 700C Araya SP30 rims and the rear cogs were 13-26T. FYI, the MSRP was $445 CDN.
Great, thanks for this info! Do you know how many speeds it would have been?
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Great, thanks for this info! Do you know how many speeds it would have been?
1992 Shimano 300EX utilized a 7 speed Hyperglide cassette and freehub.
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Beauty, thanks!
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Nishiki Colorado

GS83527

1988 Nishiki Colorado with Exage indexed Thumb Shifters. Includes a rear under chainstay brake!
It has joytech hubs stamped e88.
Made in Taiwan. 4130 throughout.









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GS83527

1988 Nishiki Colorado with Exage indexed Thumb Shifters. Includes a rear under chainstay brake!
It has joytech hubs stamped e88.
Made in Taiwan. 4130 throughout.
Your frame was manufactured by Giant of Taiwan, during weeks 37-38 of 1988. This the grey period where it could be a 1988 or 1989 model. However, in this case, we know it's a 1988 model as the 1989 version utilized cantilever rear brakes, straight bladed forks and a revised down tube logo which incorporated a "Cunningham Design" designation. Thxs for the contribution.
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Another Tri-A

My first try at this:

Tri-A SN: WF03835 (no photos)

Color: Black---seat tube
top tube
down tube
fork
Yellow--seatstays
chainstays
(cable cover)
Black and Yellow--head tube

Everything on the bike is Shimano 600

Front to rear: hub FB 6207
both breaks BR 6208 (max 49 - min 39)
break leavers BL 6209
headset Shimano 600 (no external markings)
shift leavers Shimano 600 (no external markings)
handle bar stem WIN (?)
handel bars WIN kusuki WINPISTA
seat Turbo
seat post SAKAO (?)
crank set Biopace 52/42
crank arm 170m FC 6207
pedals PD 6207
front derailleur FD 6207
rear derailleur RD 6208
cassette Shimano 600 (no external markings visible)
24/22/19/17/15/13
wheels ARAYA 700c

Sorry if this is too much detail, but I wanted to add to the data base.
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I bought this bike new in Spring 1973 and rode it everywhere. Then it hung in the garage for 25 years when life got busy. Now I'm riding it again and thought I'd add it to the database here. The seat, tape, tires, water bottle cage and end clip for the pump are not original, but the rest is. The serial number is KS182164 with a fancy big W underneath. Araya wheels, Suntour GT back derailleur, Sugino Mighty Competition in the front. Kyokuto Pro-Ace pedals, Dia-Compe brakes. Lots of nice details, 19" frame. A pretty little bike.
Mary, did you ever figure out what the W represents?
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