I present you my 1993 Koga-Miyata ValleyRunner
The ValleyRunner was the most economical bike with composite frame in Koga's 1993 line up. The front triangle has aluminium tubing and the tail is Miyata Hardtlite FM-1 steel. Investment cast aluminium lugs, Aluminum Pressurized Adhesive (APA) bonding, some brazing, a couple rivits and a single bolt holds everything together. That are a lot joining techniques! The ValleyRunner full bike set you back 2700 guilders in 1993. That is a lot of money. The frame was the thing. Nothing bad on the Exage LT group, but it normally came specced on a bike a 3rd of the ValleyRunner's price. This brought the bike within reach of more people. Later when you earned some new money you had the oppertunity to gradually upgrade it.
This is my ValleyRunner in 1995 >>
Brief component spec in 1995:
XTR/XT/Campagnolo Centaur mix
cut Sunn NK Trial bars
Concor, quirky woodprint on leather top
Sun CR18 rims, blue
A very pragmatic build with focus on durability. Hard core!
I fitted the aluminium Miyata FatMax fork because assumed it would give me additional steering precission. Many of the parts came from left over stock already back in the day. For example I remember I paid 50 guilders for the Centaur brakes that were acquired from a bankrupt distributor. The frame itself was NOS too. Koga's buying policy wasn't very efficient back in he early 90s.
On the beach, circa 1997 >>
...and this is the ValleyRunner in 2013. Not serving atm, but it is an excellent starting point for a nice project
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