Miyata was a big player back in the day. They made their own tubesets, had the first DH world champion in Greg Herbold, and some fairly cool bikes. However, I think they just fell behind the times - never really got modern like pretty much everybody else did. And for some reason, I could never find any of the top-end ones here in Edmonton.

Elevation 12,000 - This bike really doesn't look all that different from a Jamis or a Rocky, but it must not have ridden as well. I think weight was a problem for starters, also, the pivot on the seat stays was never as active as the "Horst" pivot. And finally, I just don't think bonding carbon tubes to aluminum lugs was all that great an idea.

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