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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+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.
Last edited by wrk101; 06-29-09 at 02:25 PM.