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 Post subject: Royal Blue - Koga armada
PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:15 am 
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Hi all,

Two sweet rides in my stable: a 1980 Koga Miyata FullPro-L and a 1984 Pro Am.

Anyone rember the IJsboerke and Capri Sonne teams of the late seventies, early nineties??? They raced FullPros. The FullPro-L is in fact a slimmed down and shortened version of that bike aimed at short, fast stages and time trail. My particular FPL is a custom job. There is a name engraved on top the bb housing, under the paint. Probably it is an ex competition bike. The bike has some patin. Cosmeticly there are some things, but mechanicly it is still superb! I can now agree from own experience 1st gen DA hubs really kick butt! They didn't go very well when I picked the bike up. There was some stuff in them that long ago could be considered grease. I put new grease and balls in the hubs and they go supersmooth again.

The bike is equipped with a mix of 1st gen DA and DA EX. The Nuovo Record rear mech is by Campagnolo. DA post & stem, Cinelli bar.

The frame is EXTREMELY well made, and detailling is VERY nice. The Ms that are cut out the bb housing and the Miyata logos on top the forkcrown are nice touches for example. Tubing is Tange Champion #1. It is a light frame. The non custom FPL in 54 weighs 1700gr according to Koga.


I used to put more time in my pics. Hope to have nicer ones and in particular more close ups in future.

The FPL and the Pro Am:


The Pro Am resorted below the FullPros and ProRacer in the Koga line up and it was sold as frameset only. This one is built up with 600 AX/600. Though lower than the FPL, it is still a nicely made frame. Lugs look neat and have the little Ms in them. Also with this bike the BB housing is open. Holes this time, no Ms.

Tubing is Miyatas own Hardtlite FM-2. By 1984 Miyata had its own tubing.

I bought it at a nearby farmhouse several weeks ago. I couldn't resist :oops:


AX brakes =>


I like those brakes. They look so cool.

Friday I will pick up my second FullPro-L. I will have both years than. With the 1981 model Miyata strived for improving aerodynamics. Forks with less drag, stays attach at the back of the seattube, little bits that cause drag disappeared as much as possible. Of course the bike had also the DA AX groupset fitted. According to Shimano they managed to reduce drag by 20% with the AX groupset.

Weight of the 81 FPL frame is 1840gr. Forks = 640gr.

Will get pics up asap.

It the FPL's successor is the FullPro-A. A for Aero. That bike had dropshaped headtube, seattube and bb and was completely fillet brazed. It is not very likely I will ever get my hands on one.

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