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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:43 pm 
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OK...one of my unicorns: 1990/1991? Niskiki Alien ACX:

frameset bought from Valleyman here: http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... p;t=387664
Unusual in black since all the brochures, ads and reviews show the red version, but original:
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Both the usual Nishiki cracks at the head tube and seat tube, but I plan to replace these tubes.
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The seat tube is round to square at the BB, so this will probably need to be spliced in.
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First part bought: the a chrome Tange Prestige Switchblade fork. In need of some TLC, but should come up nice:
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All the best,


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That will look great paired with those forks.

There was one in black for sale on here a long time ago - maybe 12 years, but that's the only other one I've seen in black - although not actively looking I must point out.

They look much better in black and chrome in my eyes over the regular red. Hadn't noticed the round to square seat tube before, nice touch.

The one for sale long ago was eventually split by the seller - I bought the wheels, and possibly some cooks cranks too - and a chap in Australia bought the rear triangle (only!). I seem to recall that unusually, he had a perfect front triangle, but a cracked rear triangle, and so wanted to switch them over.

I would have kept the frame together, but sadly couldn't afford the frame at the time. I wonder where the front triangle ended up... I don't think it was cracked, so possible someone else again took that to replace a cracked one? Who knows!

Nice buy anyway, and look forward to progress pics of the frame repairs. :)


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:14 pm 
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I agree, the chrome at both ends will look really nice with the black main frame.

I love these type of threads and am looking forward to the pics of your work 8)

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Subscribed because this is a cool, unusual bike and I know the renovation is going to be interesting and well worth seeing.
Good luck!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:17 pm 
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I wonder where the front triangle ended up?

Yes, similarly there was a perfect rear end knocking about on eBay US last year.
I can see how that would happen easy enough, though.

I was considering buying it and making my own front end...No need now.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:44 pm 
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Looks an interesting project Dan. Look forward to updates. Don't usually like black frames, but with chrome finish at either end it should look fab.


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Incorrigible reckons it's gloss black with coloured sparkles...a bit glittery.

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Cable guides missing for the front mech?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:35 pm 
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After carrying out surgery on plenty of other members Cracked/bent/Knackered frames
will be a little weird seeing you work your magic on one of your own


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:55 pm 
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Cable guides missing for the front mech?

I don't think so, Tom. It all looks OK to me, if a bit convoluted:

Bare along the RH side of the TT to a stop, outer down to a stop on the elevated chainstay bridge, then bare around the seat tube roller and back up to a bottom pull mech.
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a little weird seeing you work your magic on one of your own


A bit of a busmans' holiday, I suppose, Nick...although I have recently put a new headtube on my own 1991 Saracen Trekker Conquest Competition Hydrotech, so maybe I'm going a bit e-stay and square tube crazy :shock:

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