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Old 09-14-06, 04:39 PM   #1
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Univega Viva Sport

I have been looking for a clean Miyata 1000 and Miyata 912 for a reasonable price. I would settle for a Miyata 610 and Miyata 710 in better shape for the same price. I found a Univega Viva Sport in great shape-true, a few minor scratches down to the primer but not bare metal and only a few chips and components in great shape. I got the seller down to $70, so I bought it.

I would like to know more about the bike.
Bottom #MU50297
CBT Frame tubing
Magnalight fork
Suntour Le Pree front and rear derailleur (85?,86?)
Sakae Custom Road Champion handlebar
Sakae crank
Sakae Custom stem
Dia-Compe G500 brakes
Araya red label 27X1

It feels and looks a lot like a Miyata manufactured frame. Can anyone date it and tell me if it was a Miyata manufactured frame? Where might it fit in the Miyata lineup quality wise? Thanks in advance.
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I believe that serial number denotes Miyata.
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Old 09-15-06, 01:42 AM   #3
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I'm also interested in your Univega Viva Sport. I have a line on one in my area that I'm curious about. The pics are fuzzy but the add says it's got the shifters on the stem and I can see suicide levers on the brakes. Seller hasn't returned my call yet. Can anyone comment on the relative frame quality just from what I've written? I hope this isn't hi-jacking because I feel my interest is the same as the OP's
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Old 09-15-06, 02:12 AM   #4
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I have been looking for a clean Miyata 1000 and Miyata 912 for a reasonable price. I would settle for a Miyata 610 and Miyata 710 in better shape for the same price. I found a Univega Viva Sport in great shape-true, a few minor scratches down to the primer but not bare metal and only a few chips and components in great shape. I got the seller down to $70, so I bought it.

I would like to know more about the bike.
Bottom #MU50297
CBT Frame tubing
Magnalight fork
Suntour Le Pree front and rear derailleur (85?,86?)
Sakae Custom Road Champion handlebar
Sakae crank
Sakae Custom stem
Dia-Compe G500 brakes
Araya red label 27X1

It feels and looks a lot like a Miyata manufactured frame. Can anyone date it and tell me if it was a Miyata manufactured frame? Where might it fit in the Miyata lineup quality wise? Thanks in advance.

Funny, my Nishiki Prestige has exactly the same components, including the Araya 27 x 1 red label, but for Sugino cranks, rather than Sakaes. I love it.

I haven't seen an 80s Univega that I didn't like. 70 bucks would be a steal here in NYC.
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Old 09-15-06, 09:24 AM   #5
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I have seen an earlier model Viva Sport, 10 speed I think, but I didn't check the frame tubing as it was too small for me. It had stem shifters and brake controls as you descibe.
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Thought the Viva Sport was a pretty good deal. I am from Boston. I don't see many Miyata bikes for sale here, I guess you need to be patient. You can find Univega bike here on occasion.

Nice bike! Don't see many better model Nashiki bikes here. Most are lower end. Is your's a Prestige? I saw one recently, not in as good shape as yours, for $200 here.
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I suppose I could go look at it and bring a bathroom scale. If it comes in at around 22lbs it might be a keeper. I'm just looking for something on the lighter side of vintage. Of course, a Paramount in the back of a garage sale would be sufficient.
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