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Old 09-28-05, 05:54 PM   #1
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Thoughts on Univega Alpina HT-510?

It looks like a good bike. And is at good price (price cut off for an older model) at a nice shop nearby.

Any particular things I should know about? Any experience with these? Thank you for any contribution.
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Old 09-28-05, 10:14 PM   #2
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I thought Univega went out of business? I have not seen a new one in quite a few years....anyone confirm that?
Generally speaking, they were a fine brand.
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The fork sucks
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Went out of business?
http://www.univega.com/
Perhaps they no longer ship to American territories? I'm not from USA, BTW.
The fork sucks? In what price range of a bike would you put the fork. Thank you.
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Posted to bring on the front page.
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No need to bump threads. The fork on that bike (according to the German website) isn't worth much in my opinion
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In what price range of a bike would you expect to find such a fork, that's what I was asking.
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I have an old Univega actually..."Alpina 505"...I raced on it for quite a few years, ended up replacing nearly every part a few times. It was really light with what I changed and did quite well for me.

A few things I didnt like about it.

-the rear triangle is really flexy, and even under brake load, will flex
-the head tube was a non-standard size, not sure if they still have that (makes fork upgrades more difficult)
-Univega isn't greatly respected amongst bike manufacturers, although mine held up well
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Comparatively and by itself, could I hear your opinion on this bike?
It's an Author Stratos SX. Here is the page: http://www.author.sk/verbal/stratos-sx/
And the direct link to the picture: http://www.author.sk/userdata/imagel...s_sx_modra.jpg
The price is lower then what you see. And I'm not from Slovakia.

General opinion of the brand would also be appreciated, since I can't search the boards on it for obvious reasons.

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Looks like a comfort road bike.
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Really? Sorry, I'm not someone who doesn't know what a road bike looks like, but this one doesn't have a body, transmission, rims, tyres, handlebars... anything like a road bike. The only thing that looks like it could belong on a road bike is the saddle...
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Really? Sorry, I'm not someone who doesn't know what a road bike looks like, but this one doesn't have a body, transmission, rims, tyres, handlebars... anything like a road bike. The only thing that looks like it could belong on a road bike is the saddle...

What about the 700c tires?
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Sorry. I'm new to this, I skipped right over that.
Now, thoughts on the quality and how much do you think it's worth would be nice.
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Hey, no worries. I'm pretty new at this also. Checking the specs, the fork only has 40mm of travel, and it's an RST model I've never heard of. The rest of the components are a mixed bag. Can't say much about the frame, as my Czech is a little rusty. My best guess is that it is comparable to a Trek 3700. What kind of riding would you be doing? It may be pretty decent for primarily on-road, with an occasional brief foray on light trails.

Given the choice between this bike and the Univega, I'd take the Univega in a heartbeat.

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Hmmm, the Trek 3700 is actually a bit cheaper, but the Author does provide an interesting hybrid, and could prove fast because of the tires. I indeed need something that that will provide speed on quality asphalt and flat areas (on which I'm mostly riding), but also not be crippling in less bike-friendly and uphill/downhill parts of the city, and do a good job at an occasional trip to the local hills.
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Apparently the tires are RITCHEY SPEEDMAX CROSS 700c x 35 and it weights 26 pounds
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Trek 7200 fxs. 700c tires, 50mm suspension, and a comfier saddle. http://www.trekbikes.com/bikes/2005/citybike/7200fx.jsp I think I have decided upon it after reading some stuff here and elsewere. Good choice? Best choice?
Thank you, you've been helpful.
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