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Old 06-29-09, 01:24 PM   #1
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Univega Sportour 1970s/1980s

I recently found a Univega Sportour road bike and am planning to sell it. It's is in excellent shape and would only need a basic tune up at the very most if someone was going to ride it a considerable amount. It's completely rideable as is and not a speck of dirt nor scratch on it. It is a grey silver color and was probably made sometime in the 70s to 80s. It has a Suntour symmetric downtube shifters, Suntour Arx derailleurs, Araya rims 27"x1 1/4", Specialized Transition tires, Sakae Custom Japan Handle bars, dia-compe brake shifter (that also has a top handle bar shifter along with the curved handle bar section), and MKSPR-5 pedals with reflectors, Greenfield kickstand, and water bottle holder. I do not know the size of the bike, but I'm guessing it is 20/21". I wish I could keep the bike and ride it, but I'm 5'4" and the seat comes up to my hip and can't even manage to hop on the seat. I haven't been able to find one online that is just like it.

My question is: What is a good estimate of what the bike would be worth considering it's in such good shape? Of I could be sent a link to get more information on Univega bikes.
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Old 06-29-09, 01:49 PM   #2
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Information on the web is almost non-existent for Univegas. Posting detailed pictures of the bike will be helpful in its evaluation.
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Old 06-29-09, 02:18 PM   #3
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+1 Pics are important to eval. Lower end Univegas had high ten steel frame, nutted rear axle, turkey levers, and steel crankset. Univega had so many models, they all kind of run together (I have had at least six in the last six months). And many manufacturers used the same name for a bike, but dramatically different build quality over the years. So some years, a model might be really low end, while other years, the same model might be really good. The Suntour ARX components are midrange, which is a good sign!

Generally, unless you are in a red hot market, high ten steel framed bikes as I describe above, with alloy rims, super clean and ready to ride top out at about $150 max. With a cromoly frame, and midgrade components, it might top out around $200. To get higher than that, it needs to have high end components and a high end frame. And to get full value, it needs to be really clean, ready to ride, great pics, and well marketed.

And at those prices someone is paying what they would pay at Walmart for some throw away bike, and getting a bike that should last decades!

Condition has a major impact on value, but so does component level and frame construction. Its kind of a three part process: super clean plus high end frame and high end components = high value.

The metallic light blue was a common color for Univega.

The Suntour Symmetric shifters were early 1980s.

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