Hello~ this thread is for Miyata owners. I have had mine for about three weeks now and I want to know what everyone else thinks of them.
So if you are lucky enough to be a Miyata rider, please share what model and size wheel it is, how long you’ve had it, how much you paid for it, what you like and dont like about it, and how you’ve modified it.
Mine is a Flamingo 20, I bought it new from juggleart about three weeks ago for 450 AUD. I love it because its a beautiful uni that looks and feels like its top quality, the chromoly frame is light and strong and the seat is really comfy, its a pure joy to ride and the 1.75 slick tire make riding feel smoooth. The only thing I dont like is the quick release on the top half of the seat post.
I bought this uni to learn freestyle since my only uni before this was a KH24, and I cant imagine ever wanting another uni for freestyle other than my Miyata
Nice to know they’re still being ridden by members of this community. They’re still top of the line for Freestyle, Track and general riding around. From around 1980 onward, they had the most advanced saddles in the world, and this only changed when Kris Holm started developing his seats with Velo. Since then, Miyata has fallen way behind in the seat department.
I have several Miyatas, including one from 1978 which is possibly the oldest one in the USA. It was pictured in the Unicycling Society of America newsletter in that year to introduce the brand over here. I also have lots of Miyata parts scattered around in various non-Miyata unicycles. Then I have two UniVega 20s, which are basically early-80s Miyatas with different branding.
Oh and my one “normal” bicycle is also a Miyata, a 1989 Triplecross. It doesn’t get out much.
I am pretty sure they dont make them anymore. Anything you buy in a store will be new old stock, which mine is. I am tempted to buy the last of the ones juggleart have left just so I will never be lacking for miyatas!
I find the Miyata seats a little flatter on top, which seems better for freestyle. My only issue with them is the back is wider than I’d like, makes it difficult to pull the seat through my legs for seat-in-front.
I just ordered some 22.2mm seat posts from their web site. The shipment got here in about a week (!), but they only sent 1 (I ordered 2). Anyways they’re going to send me the second post. Their English is not too bad.
They have a carbon fiber frame on their web site (20" and 24"). Anyone know anything about it?
No reason why it shouldn’t be; I’m sure that’s the type of environment it’s intended for.
Since the Miyata environment seems to have only one unicycle hub, I’m sure it’s compatble with most, if not all, Miyata frames or other products on the MYS site. Naturally, get this confirmed before ordering!
“> rules and regulations” I relieave to hear that. I mean, it was material issue. I do not know any carbon material effect and the probability (not possibility) of breaking a record after another, such as swimwear case(LZR RACER).
“> compatibility” As you said, it’s compatible most in miyata environment. Garda as well. Naturally, it should be comfirmed whenever ordering.
I have another uni, not Miyata. Also I hope that splined hubs will become more common in Japan. Miyata owners can not replace with splined hubs relatively easy because of its unique shaped fork-ends. A carbon frame? It is not just welding-brazing skills! :’(
I have a Miyata 24" that I use for basketball and campus transportation. The thing I like about it for basketball is the narrow hub; the narrower your uni, the better it is for ball sports. (Probably for track, also). Until the Nimbus Eclipse came out there wasn’t a narrow ISIS hub available, and I think they still don’t have a 24" narrow frame.
Although Miyata may have been left behind by modern developments but they still deserve a lot of respect.
Their saddle was the best around for years and it was only when they switched manufacture to China did it really drop from the picture.
Their freestyle frames are made from a very high grade CrMo steel and beautifully finished! The attention to detail is fantastic.
We had their hub tested and it had a hardness that staggered the metologist who was testing it. It was not in the same league as a modern CrMo hub; but showed figures that were bordering on perfection for the material used. This included a careful tempering of the threaded area to allow the threads not to strip! (the later ones failed here)
My first unicycle was a 24" Miyata I got for Christmas as a kid back in 1981. I still have it, but it’s currently a few states away from me. When I get back to it, I hope to tune it up a bit and give it a new tire and (yet another) new seat (both desperately needed!). Ditto for my 24" Kabuki I got in 1986.
There should be a “Checkout” link in the upper left hand portion of the main page. It will turn yellow once you have something in your cart. I’ve got it circled in red on the attached screen shot.
I seem to vaguely recall, after getting through all the details, of just hitting the “return” key, once I arrived on the final checkout page. I also vaguely recall hitting the “tab” button, to navigate through some of the checkout options, since the web page didn’t display correctly when I used IE6 (which is really old!), and I could see those options once I started hitting the tab.