Nishiki Navajo Mountain Bike - Purple

nishiki navajo mountain bike - purple - front angle view
Purple bike on a grey day

The Nishiki Navajo mountain bike features a rigid steel frame and fork, 26-inch alloy wheels with steel hubs, Shimano SIS derailleurs with thumb shifters, Shimano cranks, and an assortment of steel parts like almost-straight handlebars, a short-reach stem and plastic-coated cantilever brakes.



You may need parts like these if you're restoring a vintage mountain bike.
Always check compatibility before ordering parts for your bike.
All bike repairs should be performed by a qualified bicycle mechanic.

So the Nishiki Navajo is a basic 1990s mountain bike. And in its present state, with worn-out tires, poked-through grips, over-heightened seatpost and stem, and a big goofy gel cover over the seat, it doesn't look too good.

nishiki navajo mountain bike - purple - side view
Better a sore ass than an ugly seat

But I wouldn't give up on this old mountain bike so soon. Cut the drawstring and throw the seat cover away. Lower the post and the stem. Slide on a new pair of grips. Spend an hour doing a tune-up. And you'll have a quick, nimble, reasonably lightweight little two-wheeled grape.

Unfortunately, the Nishiki Navajo is one of those bikes that I had to photograph hurriedly, in front of my mossy old fence, in the fading light of an overcast afternoon. But to be honest, this bike doesn't really have a lot of interesting little details, so these four photos tell the story just fine. Scroll down to see the other two.



If your Nishiki Navajo looks like mine did, do it a favor and treat it to some new parts.
Always check compatibility before ordering parts for your bike.
All bike repairs should be performed by a qualified bicycle mechanic.
nishiki navajo mountain bike - purple - frame
Grape with scrapes
nishiki navajo mountain bike - purple - drivetrain
Shimano SIS equipped