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    Info on Univega

    Hello,

    I picked up a Gran Turismo a few months back, and I don't know anything about it. The serial number is L970773 . I did some searching to see what I could find about serial identification, so I hope the number helps.

    It has Suntour Seven derailleurs and Dia Compe brakes. It's a 15-speed.

    I'd like to know the model year and frame construction if at all possible. The sticker for the frame material is nowhere to be found.

    I'll try and put a couple of pictures up.

    Thank you,

    Christopher

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    Hi, Does it look like this? If so it's around 79 or 80. The serial # on mine is H381940...I have no idea how to decipher this. There usually are date codes on the components that might give you a clue. If you have cantilevers I believe they came a couple years later than mine. Here's a link to a nice review of the 1980 Gran Turismo...

    http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/v/...g-1980-03-A-3/

    Came with 4040 Chrome-moly tubing. I love mine...in fact I'm leaving right now to go ride it.
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    What an odd headline for it on the catalog page: "You won't miss the things more money could buy."

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    I sold these at the shop I worked at when they were new. Timeframe should be approx 81/82. I don't recall the tubeset make/model/spec but it was definately a good quality butted chromoly mainframe and most likely full CroMo.I recall the Grand Tourismo as a super performance/value and one of the few affordable/midlevel bikes available with true touring geometry.
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    Looks very similar to my Specialissima, but maybe slightly older. Mine is an '83. Any close-up shots of the hubs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogester View Post
    Hi, Does it look like this? If so it's around 79 or 80. The serial # on mine is H381940...I have no idea how to decipher this. There usually are date codes on the components that might give you a clue. If you have cantilevers I believe they came a couple years later than mine. Here's a link to a nice review of the 1980 Gran Turismo...

    http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/v/...g-1980-03-A-3/

    Came with 4040 Chrome-moly tubing. I love mine...in fact I'm leaving right now to go ride it.
    Ha, I wish it looked like that! Your bike looks great. Mine has some chips and rust. Any tips on that? Is it a problem?

    I'll look for some dates on the components. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamplight View Post
    Looks very similar to my Specialissima, but maybe slightly older. Mine is an '83. Any close-up shots of the hubs?
    I'm not sure if these are the hub shots you're looking for. I'm new at the cycling thing, but here's what I took. Oh, I had it tuned up after I got it (or they did something. I'm not sure I got my money's worth), and I remember I had to get the rear hub replaced. I'm not sure about the front one though.

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    Rear Derailleur while I'm at it

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    Can anybody tell if those hubs look original? The spacers (if that's what they are) on the freewheel look brand new. You have found a very versatile bike. Rack and fender mounts, loads of tire clearance, etc.

    Edit: The hubs don't look fresh enough to be new, maybe they said "freehub?" Of course this bike should have a freewheel instead of a freehub. Hmm...

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    I have a date! . . . or two.

    The hubs are Sun Shine Gyro-masters

    The front one says 12 82 and the rear says 7 83



    I guess that makes it pretty old.

    I don't know what they did over at the LBS. I know that after I got it back, I took it for a test run, and the rear brake didn't work at all, so back it went. I found a part that said "Shimano". It's shiny, so I take it that's the new part. It looks like a bearing. Is there a better name for that specific one? It cost me $20 whatever it is. They mentioned something about fixing a lot of slack in the chain.


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    A Shimano freewheel. That's the rear cluster of cogs and ratcheting mechanism which is what makes the clicking sound you hear when you coast. I bet that's what they replaced. Chances are the bike originally had a Suntour freewheel. Of course I don't know that for sure. Maybe someone else here could tell for certain.

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    Kind of an odd way to update a two year old post.
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    I know you like your bike, but you have just posted it in five separate threads, four of which are more than a year old.
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    1984 Gran Turismo, mid range, grand touring model, original price $360 US. Manufactured by Miyata using their own brand of butted CrMo tubing in the main tubes. Forks and stays are lesser material, either CMn or hi-tensile steel.

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    I don't even have that bike anymore, a dropout broke... Sort of an amusing way to remind me of how time passes though.
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