Univega Superstrada (1992?) Frame & Fork!
Just joined the Univega Appreciation Club with my recent acquisition of a "Superstrada" frame & fork. TIG-welded, OS tubes.
After some sleuthing, I actually have not been able to find ANY photos online of this specific model/year! Another BF thread references a bike that sounds like the same model/year/color in a different size, but no photos-- though T-Mar mentions that this is a 1992 model. Adding to the intrigue, I found photos of a Univega "Ultraleggera" that appears to be an identical frameset, aside from the model name decal and paint color. The Ultraleggera appears to have been equipped with Dura-Ace 7410. If original, then this seems to be the case of two different 'models' only separated by component options, since my Superstrada frame arrived with what must be the original Shimano 600 (6400 "Tri-color" Series) bottom bracket.
Anyhow, enough talk-- on to the bike!
Dressed it up with 10spd Veloce, Sugino compact square taper crank, 36h wheelset, various other bits-n-bobs that I like.
SUPERSTRADA! Note that "Prestige" is written in yellow script in front of the "UNIVEGA" decal, with "Tubing" in smaller lettering below it.
OS .8-.5-.8 -- beefy! Never seen a frame that advertised the tube butting profile so proudly :lol:
Tange Prestige MTB OS tubing decal in excellent shape for being laid over paint, without any clear coat on top. Proudly made in ... [Taiwan?].
Ride is fantastic so far! Excited to take it out for longer distance this weekend with a thaw finally coming to the East Coast :thumb:. Geometry feels pretty traditional road race (short wheelbase & chainstays, mid/high-trail), perfect size for me at 56cm top tube and 55cm seattube. Feels most similar to the Centurion Ironman I used to have (which is to say, fantastic:love:), though noticeably-stiffer out of the saddle, no doubt the larger diameter tubes talking.