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    Univega Ultraleggera - photos.

    I picked this up recently on Craigslist for less than the price of a pair of bibs and a jersey from Nashbar. Tange Prestige oversize 858 tubing, full 8 speed Dura Ace 8 Speed brifter group. This is a very nice bike.







    I have more I will post later. Does anyone know where to get a dustcap for the cranks? I am missing one.

    This is a keeper for sure. When I finish tuning and taping I will put up after photos.
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    Nice find!
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    nice one.

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    Wow that's a great looking bike. Elegance and simplicity. I love the flite saddle with that bike, I hope you're not planning on changing it. What are you thinking for bar tape?

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    I'm thinking black tape, I'm pretty simple. I like the way the flite looks, but I have to see how it rides before I make any promises about leaving it on there.

    I haven't ridden it yet, and I can't wait.

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    By the way, this thing must be pretty rare - these are now the only photos of this model on the web.

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    why does the tubing decal look like a Prestige Mountain bike tubing? ghreat looking bike though but I think it needs some research.

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    It does say it is MTB tubing, I assume that is why it is "oversized". I have been researching and can find nothing.

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    Pretty weird... oversized Prestige tubing with Dura-Ace components. But pretty cool! I'm jealous!

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    I've been noticing that later (as in late 80's, early 90's) Univegas seem to generally come with oversized tubing...maybe I'm on something, but it certainly seems that way.
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    Beauty!

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    It's fast and light, that's for sure. The paint has some chips but it's a beautiful pearlescent white very lightly tinted pink. I'll take my after photos with a real camera.

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    Serial number 050. How do I date it?

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    need bigger photos! are the drop outs vertical? I love oversized steel roadbikes, nice find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by custermustache View Post
    Serial number 050. How do I date it?
    Look for date codes on the components. I would guess it is from around 1995, give or take a year.

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    Looks to be fillet brazed vs. tig welded. Very nice.
    I think you've stumbled on to a real find! I doubt these were made in high volume. I could be wrong, but I've never seen or heard of that model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by custermustache View Post
    By the way, this thing must be pretty rare - these are now the only photos of this model on the web.
    Full Dura-Ace would have made this a fairly pricey bike when new. I would think that few people would be willing to spend the $ for Dura Ace but settle for a "generic" mass-market frame manufacturer with no racing involvement image. Most dura-ace buyers would want to hang it on a euro bike, a custom build or a Ti or Carbon frame. Same univega frame probably would have had a much broader appeal if it had 105 or ultegra parts to keep the price down.

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    I be that thing will go like stink in style and comfort, I would sure be happy to have found that!
    Enjoy it!

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    Beautiful bike. I've always thought that Univegas were under rated, and that one seems to have been built to help dispel that myth.

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    Hot bike. I've seen that one a few times before, but it is quite rare. It might even be more rare than the Super Strada model.
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    Nice find. Looking to forward to some nicer pics when it's all ready!

    Quote Originally Posted by rat fink View Post
    Hot bike. I've seen that one a few times before, but it is quite rare. It might even be more rare than the Super Strada model.
    When I answered a CL ad last winter for a Superstrada I was expecting the rare, older DA version and was disappointed to find this instead. Mid 90's tig welded version with RSX STI group. Can't really complain though, for $100 I got a great bad weather/commuter.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Rings6Stars View Post
    When I answered a CL ad last winter for a Superstrada I was expecting the rare, older DA version and was disappointed to find this instead. Mid 90's tig welded version with RSX STI group. Can't really complain though, for $100 I got a great bad weather/commuter.
    Like this?



    The newer Super Strada sure looks like the Raleigh R-500 I had:



    It came with a near identical spec.
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    Nice find. How long is that stem?

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