Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-05-09, 02:15 PM   #201
vega_rockets
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hello!

Was googling univega, came across this thread, read it, saw really nice pics, expert opinions from posters and general enthusiasm for univega.

So, here is my, i believe, 1995 rover 301 in blue metallic.



Am going to post some more pics later, just took this with cell for a sneak peak.

How can i tell whether this model (rover 301) was built by miyata? Here is serial # in case it helps univega experts D50101892

Thanks, and keep this thread alive

Last edited by vega_rockets; 08-05-09 at 02:41 PM.
vega_rockets is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-09, 06:32 PM   #202
RFC
Senior Member
 
RFC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Bikes: many
Posts: 4,456
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Below are pics of my recently acquired Univega Gran Touring. I tore it down and rebuilt it with a 7-speed cassette and shifters. It is a very nice ride.

T-Mar, I would appreciate your analysis of the origins of this bike. The fork is stamped 1988 and I am sure it is part of the original package. The SS # is M8A 44520.

Oh and just for comparison, I have included a pic of my former 1984 Miyata 1000

Thanks for looking.











RFC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-09, 08:15 PM   #203
Bikedued
Senior Member
 
Bikedued's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 10,625
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by tmh657 View Post
I was going to post this bike last week since it cleaned up so nice and then saw the above post on here. This guy was asking about the bike I was selling so I just left it alone. It was odd in a small world kind of way. I definitely didn't want to comment on his prospective purchase.
Oh wait, I should have said, "offer him twice as much". He never contacted me after posting here.. It will be the first "real" bike for another person. The buyer was quite pleased when he test rode it as well as his buddy he brought with him for expert advice.

I like the very fitting kickstand, hehe!,,,,BD
Bikedued is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-09, 09:38 AM   #204
T-Mar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 11,654
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 79 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by vega_rockets View Post
...So, here is my, i believe, 1995 rover 301 in blue metallic.

...How can i tell whether this model (rover 301) was built by miyata? Here is serial # in case it helps univega experts D50101892...
This doesn't match the Miyata serial serial number format. It's more typical of a Taiwanese format. Timeframe would also be correct for Taiwan.

The serial number would seem to imply a 1995 model. Unfortunately I have no 1995 literature, but 1994 had a Rover 3.3 and Rover 3,5, while 1996 had a Rover 300 and Rover 302 and 304 so I'm willing to go with 1995 having the odd numbered 301, 303 and 305 models.

Quote:
Originally Posted by RFC View Post
...Below are pics of my recently acquired Univega Gran Touring. I tore it down and rebuilt it with a 7-speed cassette and shifters. It is a very nice ride.

T-Mar, I would appreciate your analysis of the origins of this bike. The fork is stamped 1988 and I am sure it is part of the original package. The SS # is M8A 44520....
Serial number confirms a 1988 model. It's not of Miyata origin but would appear to be either a Mikki or Merida frame, depending on whether the respective country of origin is Japan or Taiwan.

You certainly like those Tektro levers!
T-Mar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-09, 10:08 AM   #205
mental octopus
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
So I went out the other day with the intention of buying either an older Fuji Gran Tourer or Espree, but came away with something else, a single speed Univega Supra Sport. After trying everything out, this one just felt the best to me and was pretty darn cheap.

(not so great iPhone pics)







I barely know anything about bikes, but here are some of its features:

single speed
chromoly, triple butted frame
mangalight forks
shimano brakes
continental tires
alex ace 19 rims
sugino cranks

Last edited by mental octopus; 08-08-09 at 10:46 AM.
mental octopus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-09, 05:11 PM   #206
RFC
Senior Member
 
RFC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Bikes: many
Posts: 4,456
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
This doesn't match the Miyata serial serial number format. It's more typical of a Taiwanese format. Timeframe would also be correct for Taiwan.

The serial number would seem to imply a 1995 model. Unfortunately I have no 1995 literature, but 1994 had a Rover 3.3 and Rover 3,5, while 1996 had a Rover 300 and Rover 302 and 304 so I'm willing to go with 1995 having the odd numbered 301, 303 and 305 models.



Serial number confirms a 1988 model. It's not of Miyata origin but would appear to be either a Mikki or Merida frame, depending on whether the respective country of origin is Japan or Taiwan.

You certainly like those Tektro levers!

Thanks T-Mar. The Tektros are, for me, the most comfortable non brifter levers.
RFC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-09, 11:11 PM   #207
fanta510
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 135
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Univega Nuovo Sport, serial no. NS44493. A rough date of manufacture would be greatly appreciated.

fanta510 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-09, 05:45 AM   #208
T-Mar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 11,654
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 79 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by fanta510 View Post
Univega Nuovo Sport, serial no. NS44493. A rough date of manufacture would be greatly appreciated...
Manufactured by Miyata during weeks 37-38 of 1985. It's in that grey area where it could be either a 1985 or 1986 model.
T-Mar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-09, 06:00 PM   #209
fanta510
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 135
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks!
fanta510 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-09, 12:51 AM   #210
spfldsuburban
Junior Member
 
spfldsuburban's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Oklahoma City OK
Bikes: 1998 Giant Rincon Commuter Rebuild
Posts: 7
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
How About This!?

How About This!?
Univega Activa ST - $165
Looks like a hybrid, more upright stem, commuter type bar.
In the pics it looks like it has center-pull brakes. (??)
......"has 20.5" (52cm) Tange Chromoly frame with 12 speeds, Shimano SIS derailleurs and A frame. Fully tuned and gone over has new saddle."........

I'm shopping for an Urban Assault / Transporter so I can put my old Schwinn Suburban thru some major maintenance and a paint job.

Oh, and I do dig the color!

Sooo.... Deal or No Deal?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg f.jpg (8.3 KB, 36 views)
spfldsuburban is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-09, 08:24 PM   #211
TheCappucinoKid
Senior Member
 
TheCappucinoKid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 151
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Univega MysteryModel. 10-speed, with Shimano 600 derailleurs, Dia-Compe brakes, Shimano 105 hubs, Suntour freewheel. Serial no. J819038. A rough date of manufacture and possibly model name would be greatly appreciated!

TheCappucinoKid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-09, 07:57 AM   #212
T-Mar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 11,654
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 79 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheCappucinoKid View Post
Univega MysteryModel. 10-speed, with Shimano 600 derailleurs, Dia-Compe brakes, Shimano 105 hubs, Suntour freewheel. Serial no. J819038. A rough date of manufacture and possibly model name would be greatly appreciated!
Manufactured by Miyata in 1981. A pretty high serial number, so almost certainly a 1982 model. The Shimano parts are probably replacemets. The 105 hubs, definitely are, as 105 made its debut in 1983.

Integral dopout hanger, single bottle bosses, exposed brake nuts and clamp style downrtube shifters point towards a lower mid-range model, probably CrMo main tubes only. That's assuming their are no stem markings indicating a conversion from stem shifters. 27" wheelset? Seat post diameter?
T-Mar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-09, 09:05 AM   #213
TheCappucinoKid
Senior Member
 
TheCappucinoKid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 151
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Manufactured by Miyata in 1981. A pretty high serial number, so almost certainly a 1982 model. The Shimano parts are probably replacemets. The 105 hubs, definitely are, as 105 made its debut in 1983.

Integral dopout hanger, single bottle bosses, exposed brake nuts and clamp style downrtube shifters point towards a lower mid-range model, probably CrMo main tubes only. That's assuming their are no stem markings indicating a conversion from stem shifters. 27" wheelset? Seat post diameter?
Thanks! That goes a long way to helping me identify it. If the 105 hubs came out in 83, it couldn't be an 83 model? Do the chrome forks not indicate a higher end model? Any idea of what model name it might compare to in Univega's line, or if the CroMo would have been double / triple butted? The wheelset is 27", the (SR) seatpost diam. is 88mm (3.5"). There are scratches on the handlebar stem, but I kind of doubt there were shifters mounted there. I've posted a photo of it and of the rear dropouts, if it helps!





TheCappucinoKid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-09, 09:14 AM   #214
T-Mar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 11,654
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 79 Post(s)
Highly unlikely to be a 1983, given the serial number is form 1981! Given the SR canks and Dia-Compe brakes, the 600EX derialleurs are probably upgrades, most likely from SunTour ARx. The tubing would not be triple butted, It's either double butted or plain gauge CrMo. No stem shifter marks would indicate it is proably a lower mid-range model. I have to research for a comparable model.
T-Mar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-09, 10:54 AM   #215
TheCappucinoKid
Senior Member
 
TheCappucinoKid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 151
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Super Strada perhaps? That came out in 82, is double butted, and has single bosses for the water cage. Also, the crank design appears similar. Although the Super Strada's appear similar to mine overall, haven't seen a model with completely chrome forks. Seems the crankring design and chrome forks would be the best indicators of the model.
TheCappucinoKid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-09, 05:51 PM   #216
arborohs
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Walnut, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 174
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
full chrome forks tells me replacemet
arborohs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-09, 06:10 PM   #217
TheCappucinoKid
Senior Member
 
TheCappucinoKid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 151
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by arborohs View Post
full chrome forks tells me replacemet
Hmmm... I've seen other Univega's with the same chrome forks, so I assumed this was OEM.
TheCappucinoKid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-09, 06:16 PM   #218
505oh505
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 37
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
There's a super strada on ebay, full dura ace, sick. That bike is no super strada.
505oh505 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-09, 09:49 PM   #219
TheCappucinoKid
Senior Member
 
TheCappucinoKid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 151
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by 505oh505 View Post
There's a super strada on ebay, full dura ace, sick. That bike is no super strada.
Was kind of basing it on this:



...which looks very similar (there's even a bit of chrome on the top of the fork) and is a Super Strada, and some Super Stradas have Shimano 600 (some Dura-Ace, and some a more modern looking Shimano 600). Of course, I'm open to suggestions on what it might be.

Last edited by TheCappucinoKid; 09-03-09 at 09:53 PM.
TheCappucinoKid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-09, 06:32 PM   #220
lord1e
Member
 
lord1e's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Beverly MASS
Bikes: Custom Fixed Gear
Posts: 37
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I know this aint what this is about but since you guys are the masters do you think this is any good?

http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bik/1359730001.html
lord1e is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-09, 05:25 AM   #221
Bikedued
Senior Member
 
Bikedued's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 10,625
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
It was almost a good price, until they took all of the components off and sold them on ebay. Less is more these days I guess. Well, they could have bought it as a bare frame, but it doesn't fit the usual MO. Unless you can tell what model it used to be, stay away from it.,,,,BD


It also looks a hell of lot closer to a 58-59cm, unless I'm seeing things...
Bikedued is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-09, 05:54 PM   #222
snath1234
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hi,

I've just picked up an old Univega Sportour and was hoping someone here could help me figure out what year it is. Here is a photo from when I picked it up -
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...eat=directlink
All I've done so far is put the bars back in the right position and use enough WD-40 to get it moving again. Here what seems like it might be useful:

The serial no. is K297729
The frame is marked Made in Japan, Tange Champion, Double Butted
The bars are Sakae Custom Road Champion
It has Shimano 600 shifters/derailluers with Dia Compe brakes/levers

Any ideas? Let me know if other info would help.

Thanks,
Nathan
snath1234 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-09, 07:34 AM   #223
T-Mar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 11,654
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 79 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by snath1234 View Post
Hi,

I've just picked up an old Univega Sportour and was hoping someone here could help me figure out what year it is....
Nathan, based on the serial number your Sportour is a 1982 model. While I don't have the 1982 specs, I strongly suspect that the shift system is an upgrade. During this period most Univega used SunTour derailleurs. If the 600 were OEM, I would also have expected 600 brakes and crankset. Finally, the bicycle appears virtually identical to the 1983 Sportour, which was spec'd with SunTour ARX derailleurs.
T-Mar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-09, 09:14 AM   #224
theface70
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
just bought 2 more univega road frames , 1 off of e-bay and 2nd off craigslist....i was thinking of repainting the worse one of the 2 but wondered about where or how to go about getting some "univega " frame decals....? any ideas anyone ? thanks
theface70 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-09, 09:23 AM   #225
theface70
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
more info

they are both red in color 1 is a "ital sport" model, the other is a "super sport" model....1 frame is in pretty decent shape overall cosmetic wise, the other is pretty scratched up and thats the 1 i want to repaint,i dont really care about the model name decals...just looking for some of the downtube,headtube and seat tube logo and name decals ....any info or ideas would be greatly appreciated.....mp
theface70 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:57 AM.