Thank you for the kind words, RG and Nader
On the cranks: personally I think that the silver cranks are the cranks this RidgeRunner came with originally. The catalog bike could be a pre production bike. In the first 1995 catalog the SkyCarbolite and Explosion were even pictured with a damper in the rear triangle. I had ordered the SkyCarbolite back in the day, but received a phonecall later to let me know that I would get a hardtail and whether I ware okay with that.
brief RidgeRunner history
The RidgeRunner and TerraRunner were Koga's first mountainbikes. 1986 was the first year. In the US the Miyata RidgeRunner was already introduced in 1983.
1986 Koga-Miyata RidgeRunner
In 1990 Greg Herbold piloted a Miyata US RidgeRunner with RS-1 to the downhill world title. That later RidgeRunner had a shorter tail and cantilever brakes. The equivilent Koga-Miyata bike was the 1989 RidgeRunner model with the distinctive yellow leopard paintscheme. This was the last steel Koga RidgeRunner.
The leopard Koga RidgeRunner from 1989
For 1990 Koga introduced the rugged aluminum e-stay RidgeRunner. In the US the RidgeRunner continued as a high end steel bike. The US didn't get the e-stay. 1992 was the final year for the e-stay and for 1993 Koga-Miyata introduced the RidgeRunner-Suspension. A downhill weapon with Carbolite frame, Showa front and Yamaha rear suspension, XTR and a lot Syncros. 8000 guilders. In the US the equivilent frame was known as Elevation 12,000. It was the bike Greg wun the NORBA cup with.
From 1994 the RidgeRunner name disappeared for a couple years, to make its return in 1997, but that falls beyond my scope.
KM RidgeRunner page in Retrobike Wiki >>> http://www.retrobike.co.uk/wiki/RidgeRunner
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