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    Univega Superstrada -- what year?

    Hello,

    I've just picked up a Univega Superstrada for my wife. It's bright red (sorry no pics yet), guessing 52-53 cm, with Shimano 600--looks like an early sti setup, so I assume mid 90s. Tubing is Tange 858, oversized downtube. I'm pretty stoked about the bike, as a quick spin through the forums here finds lots of fans of the Japanese Univegas.

    Am I correct re the mid-90s guess? I could find the serial # if that would help, assuming it's on the bottom of the bb. Does anyone here have one of these? It needs a tune up/tires/tubes/lube etc. and weather's just warming up here in NYC so it hasn't been ridden except up and down the block...thanks in advance...Peter

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    While oversized tubes go back into the 1970s, I believe the earliest, mass produced, road frames with non-custom, oversize tubing were the 1990 Diamond Backs. So, your bicycle could be a bit older than you think. Knowing the serial number may help. Pics definitely would.

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    I have one that I bought new in '86. Came with Dura Ace components & sew-up tires. Still have it & ride it regularly. Excellent bike. I was told the Super Strada was a money-losing prestige piece for Univega. Anybody who can confirm or deny that story?

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    Thanks. I'll post pics in a few days after I put on some decent tires. It's really in excellent shape aside from the obvious (tired cables/gunky chain), with a few scratches in the chainstays. It's got clips, and judging by the grotty tires was probably last used in the late 90s. My wife is planning on commuting on it so the clips will probably stay

    Y'know, I used to wonder why people would buy a great bike, barely ride it, then stuff it in a garage or basement. Then we had children. My beloved IF Crown Jewel and my wife's Merlin spent 2 years as wall art...

    Thanks all.

    Peter

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    Found it! 1992.

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    Tires/tubes are on. Next is to figure out why rear derailleur is stuck in the big cog...and, yes, I'll get pics...

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