Miyata Century

Miyata Century

Miyata was founded by a Japanese gunsmith in 1892 who, thankfully, realized that bicycles were a more sustainable industry. It is now a Dutch joint venture, Koga-Miyata, with all bikes created in the Netherlands. The Miyata Century, “essentially a pimped-up version of the Koga-Miyata Skyrunner”, was a limited edition built to commemorate 100 years of bicycle manufacture.

This Century is in the possession of a Swede, Ragnar Jensen, who managed to acquire one of two brought into Sweden from what was then the country’s largest Miyata dealer. He bought it new in 1990. After a couple of years he replaced the original Tange Hi-Ten fork with Rock Shox Mag 20 suspension and upgraded the brakes to Shimano XTR calipers but has since restored it to its original spec. The frame is carbon fiber with gold plated alloy head tube, bottom bracket shell, seat cluster and dropouts. That’s a special edition Turbo saddle that also has gold plated accents.

Massive thanks to Ragnar Jensen. Head over to his flickr stream for more detail shots and while you’re there, have a look at his Chesini X-Uno, which is another work of art…

Miyata Century
Miyata Century
Miyata Century
Miyata Century
Miyata Century
Miyata Century
Miyata Century
Miyata Century
Miyata Century

  • sick!

  • Phill

    What is it with cycle makers and gold? Everytime a maker has some kind of anniversery they start coating bits of their bikes in this heavy, expensive and vulgar material. This bike would look so much better if they just polished the alloy. Same goes for that Colnago you had on a while back

  • Teo

    Tacky! And what about the cheap handles…

  • Malove

    Is anyone else thinking ”isnt it like too much ?” if it was a fixie with all the cable and gears all all that off then it should have been a nice build…. gold lots of gears and those tyres combined just dont to it for me ….

  • lonelyrhino

    fugly

  • Erik

    @Phill, I would expect that the gold plating is on the order of about a micron thick. 1/1000 of a millimeter. I’m sure there is far less than 1 gram of gold on the thing. Wouldn’t be too concerned about the weight..

  • Dan

    Versace sunglasses on wheels- vulgarama…..i know its an anniversary special and all but come on! The fact Miyata has been in business long enough to have a 100th anniversary in the first place means they can do better than this…. Maybe on a fixie which is meant to be obnoxious but a mountain bike??!?!

  • John

    Amazing. This bike brightened my day, thanks for posting.

  • Pgasseholm

    I happen to own the other bike brought into Sweden. It was bought in Helsingborg, Sweden – and has been with me ever since! Now in San Diego, California.

  • H Hallberg

    Other bike in sweden ?? I have one to that my father bought 1990 so it has to be more than 2 right ?