DRF aka Thrifty Bill
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
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That one is quite a bit older than 1982. The year is in the letter code up front. Do a search on Univega serial numbers, there is a thread on it. By 1982, the build spec was quite a bit better.
F= 1977. You can verify by checking a few component date codes.
The high ten steel frame is a major drawback value wise. Later models had quite a bit better frame.
The only thing Univega made were brochures. Miyata made the frame back then. Lots of good bike brands were just marketing companies: Lotus, Univega, and many others. And even companies that made bikes, outsourced quite a bit of their manufacturing. For example, I have four Panasonic built Schwinns right now.