Originally Posted by the beef
It's triple-butted indeed. Here's the rough spec sheet from the Craigslist posting:
Tange chromoly triple-butted frame
Chromoly fork (with front pannier braze-on mounts)
18-speeds (6-speed freewheel and triple crankset)
Suntour XCE triple crankset
Suntour Accushift 4050 XCE rear derailleur
Suntour 4050 XCE front derailleur
Suntour Accushift downtube shifters (indexed rear shifter)
Dia-Compe BSR Edge aero brake levers
Dia-Compe XCE cantilever brake calipers
Weinnman rims (27x1-1/4)
Norco Axiom Pannier
Can you tell me a little about the difference between "Gran Touring" and "Gran Turismo"? Anyway, thanks for the help so far.
I've never heard of a Gran Touring, but I've got a Gran Turismo. Of course it's possible that there was a Gran Touring model, because there were lots of Univega models, but I suspect it's a Gran Turismo. I think for the Seattle area, that's probably a good price for a triple-butted Chromoly frame. I'm in Portland, and I regularly see lesser frames advertised on Craigslist at higher prices than that.
I'd have to do a bit of research on suntour components to know what's on there. The potential weak spot I see is the 27x 1 1/4 wheels-- could maybe be a bit beefier for loaded touring. I'd have to look into that as well, but something to consider before loading it up for a tour. EDIT: I looked at the specs on my 27" wheeled bike, and the wheels on the Univega are actually wider, so I would say they're fine for the job, especially if they have 36 or 40 spoke hubs.
I can't tell you what YOU should do, but if I were looking for a touring bike, I wouldn't hesitate to buy that one.
If your budget is $100, try dickering on the price. That would be an awesomw bike for $100.
Last edited by Blue Order; 05-03-06 at 11:24 PM.