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Famed bicycle designer Richard Cunningham set the mountain biking world on its ear when he designed the Nishiki Alien in 1988 for the 1989 model year. His revolutionary design, which was given the name "elevated chainstays", positioned the bicycle's chainstays upward from the bottom bracket andout of the way of the chainrings, thus enabling the rear tire to be positioned further forward than aconventionally shaped "double-triangle" frame, whicheffectively positioned the rider's center of balance further backward over the rear tire. This configuration provided a mechanical advantage over conventional frameswhich enhanced the hill-climbing capabilities of the rider. Furthermore, this design provided a lot of clearance for the rear tire which was advantageous in muddy conditions. An additional benefit was that the chain could be removed from the frame without "breaking" it, which is not possible with a conventional frame.
In December of 1988, Mountain Bike Action magazine named the Nishiki Alien as the Most Exotic Bike, and featured it prominently on their cover (see pic).
Soon after this bike made its debut, most of the other mountain bike manufacturers at the time saw that there was a lot of excitement (and a hence a lot of sales potential) with the elevated chainstay design, and so theyfollowed suit and began scrambling to bring their own elevated chainstay designs to market. For awhile there it seemed that almost everyone wanted to get on the elevated chainstay bandwagon, including such manufacturers as Fisher, Yeti, Alpinestars, and Trek among over a hundred others, and for the next five years or so, many manufacturers' top-of-the-line bikes were elevated chainstay bikes. Some BMX manufacturers like Haro and Redline joined the fray and started producing elevated chainstay mountain bikes, and evenlarge companies like Sears and Panasonic followed the trend and produced their own versions of elevated chainstay mountain bikes.
The 1989 Nishiki Alien was made from double-butted Tange Prestige Chromoly steel which was heat-treated for strength, as opposed to the non-heat-treated Chromoly 4130 steel that many bicycles were made from during that era. Each year, beginning in 1989, bicycle manufacturers were trying to out-perform one another by coming out with yet another variation on the elevated chainstay theme, each one more exotic than the last. At first it was steel (like this frame), and soon after it was carbon-fiber, then a combination of steel and aluminum parts, then all-aluminum or magnesium or titanium, and even thermoplastic resin. By the mid-nineties, however, rear suspension designs were becoming more and more viable, and suddenly, by 1995, elevated chainstay bikes all but vanished from sight. Although there are still a scant few manufacturers currently making some form of elevated chainstay bicycle for various reasons, the elevated chainstay (or "e-stay") sensation has since subsided, having had its major heyday in the late eighties and first half of the nineties, and this bike, the 1989 Nishiki Alien, is the bike that started it all.
I bought this frame on from a guy in Hawaii a few years ago. I bought it as a complete bike for $1,000 and stripped the parts from it so that I could restore another Nishiki Alien that is one size smaller than this. This frame is18.5" c-c(from center of bottom bracket to center of junction oftop tube and seat tube), but is commonly referred to as a 19" frame. This frame istoo big for me, and I tried to sell it before on some bicycle-specific websites with no luck, and so it went into storage. If it doesn't sell this time around, it will go back into storage and probably won't come out until I can trade it for another frame in my size.
After I stripped the parts from this frame, I spent a lot of time degreasing and cleaning it, and polishing out any scuff marks. I then waxed it with Turtle Wax automotive wax, so this baby is clean enough to eat off of and build-ready. All you have to do is attach parts to it.
This frame is in great condition with relatively minimal
wear (for a 26-year-old bike). There are a few small chips here and there,
especially under the bottom bracket, and some yellowing from grease near the bottom bracket, the
headset, the brake bosses, and the dropouts. The decal on the left fork has
somehow yellowed a bit also. The decal on the right fork looks slightly
tweaked. All other decals appear sharp and intact.
I took some pics indoors (with a flash) and some outdoors, and
for some reason, the ones taken indoors do a better job of showing off the pearl purple clearcoat, which lends a subtle purple sparkle to highlight the frame in direct sunlight. More pics available upon request. This sale is for the frame and fork ONLY; bike stand, fence posts, trees, rocks, and MBA magazine cover are NOT included in this sale.
I have looked this frame over closely, and other than some minor paint chips, I don't see anything wrong with it. No returns, so please check the pics carefully to see exactly what you're getting, and I can provide as many pics as you want upon request. This frame-and-fork combo will be insured to the maximum allowable amount and packaged VERY carefully. I will spend a considerable amount of time packing it and custom-sizing a box in which to ship it, but I will not charge buyer any Handling fees. Shipping charges to buyer will be equal to whatever amount that I am charged, and nothing extra, and I will email any and all shipping receipts to buyer as proof. I will also take many pics of the packing process and email those separately to the buyer in the event that they are needed for an insurance claim. Check my response if you are at all concerned.
Ships ONLY to the following class="MsoNormal">Shipping fee is approximately $100, with the exception of Wales in the UK and Australia, where shipping is apparently at least triple the cost of everywhere else in that list. I won't know exact fee until I package the frame for shipping, however, in the event thatsomeone wants more pictures,I'm not going to package the frame until AFTER the sale ends.
Good Luck and Happy offerding!