Hey all, I have a univega gran rally (actually two) one is 50cm and one is 54, I just picked up a 52cm ital sport because Im trying to dial in my size and I think the 52 is where Im at. I wanted to know your opinion on which is the higher quality bike. The gran rally(that I ride) is the 50cm with nice upgraded 27in wheels, full shimano 600 arabesque group and tange champion double butted molybdenum. The Ital Sport is a mix of campy and shimano components, 105 rear d. hard anodized araya 700c's, and a chromoly triple butted frame. I will probably go with which ever one fits better, but I wanted people opinion on these two bikes. Also if anyone is interested in a 54cm gran rally in great shape let me know. Thanks all.
Another question, right now on the 700c arayas I have 23c tires, What is the widest size tire I can go on these? This ital sport is significantly rougher than the gran rally with 1 1/4 tires. Thanks
Assuming the 700c23's are original size that came with the bike then you could safely go to a 25.
As for the bikes, if the Ital Sport is original is should have Campy components either Victory or Triomphe (Triomphe was lower level then Victory) and a triple butted frame. The Gran Rally used Shimano 600 (the old name for Dura Ace) and some used Suntour Cyclone and triple butted tubing. Both frames were made by Miyata. I think the Gran Rally was the better of the two models because the Shimano 600 and especially the Suntour Cyclone were better then either of the two Campy models.