Absolutely stunning.....easy to get jaded by some of the fine retro content here but I'm genuinely impressed with that Elev.
Are the lugs really gold plated? Did you purchase as is or build up from a frameset? Garage queen or daily ride
Excellent photography too.
Actually to me (Koga) Miyatas like this are very fine retro stuff, but I do understand a lot people are not aware of what Miyata stands for and others left Miyata for what it is back then because of weight issues (the earlies did weight quite a lot) or not so cool, inefficient marketing.
For 'mass' builder Japanese Miyata finishing is second to none. Pretty exclusive too. One can see quirky details throughout the whole frame, like the square BB area and the bolted seatstays. The later could even be converted to ST. It is the same for other frames/forks. Moreover: H-Ball raced them
The '90 Century, Elev10k, KM SkyRunner are sturdy, but not really light frames. Later models like the blue TrailRunner I posted before are svelte and still durable. Great offers back then! If you were willing to pay the pricetag.
On your gold question: According to both seller as local jewelry store it is indeed gold. Of course a thin layer. The layer is protected by a clearcoat, like almost every Miyata.
It was a complete bike when I bought it. It is not a garage queen, but I do not ride it offroad.
On the frame: Alloy lugs, 3 carbon tubes with alloy inserts, alloy tubing for the rear. Components: XT everything, Switchblades, Trimble, Ritchey Vantage rims, MegaBite....
Except for what gold similar to the Century frame:
1990 Koga Miyata SkyRunner Carbolite
1990 Koga Miyata SkyRunner Carbolite, Sportrad 3-90 (German)1234
Greg Herbold on his '91 Miyata Elevation 10,000: much larger 2 3 4
This '91 frame differs in a few aspects form the '90 model: Tapered stays. Slimmer dropouts and a reworked, slimmer bracketlug with intergrated chainsuckteeth. Frame now fitting 1.125" headset and 73mm bracket, instead of 1" and 68mm. Furthermore toptube cablerouting and bolted instead of welded seatstaybridge and brakebosses. For the 10,000 this enabled the use of carbon for the stays.
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