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Old 08-08-10, 02:58 PM   #1
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Need help identifying vintage Alpine Super Mirage road bike

Frame is an 8/10
if a 10 is a rustbucket then this bike is a 1 or 2 on rust
Joytech hubs
shimano biopace chainrings (look aftermarket)
exage motion derailers and crank
exage sport lx indexed downtube shifters
Hsinlung HL handle bars
Brevete made in france pedals with metal cage
rear wheel says lambda strata made in italy front wheel says nothing both are 700 22c
No serial anywhere on bike

horizontal drops

60cm frame
34in standover

I cant find any info on this bike anywhere.

Im just wondering what it is and if its worth anything, Im stumped.

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Old 08-09-10, 06:42 AM   #2
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nice looking bike. I am not familiar with the Alpine name are you and the bike in the states? I doubt the biopace rings are aftermarket as the other conponents look the proper age for biopace.

Alpine my be a catalog brand from some place like Bean, or REI, (I did say like I know REI has there Nouvara brand and Bean used to private label C'dales)

as for value depending where you live a clean Sport LX bike with a ChroMoly frame (it is ChroMoly yes?) would be $200 or so.
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Old 08-09-10, 09:33 AM   #3
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Yes we are in the states, Southwest Florida actually. I was just thinking the biopace was aftermarket because the sticker was still on it and it looked new. But I suppose the bike was just not ridden much which is why it is in such good shape. I figured a sticker from the 80s would be faded and peeling but indoor AC storage must have been doing this bike well. No indications on the bike what the frame is made of, any easy way of telling by the lugs or something?
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Just bought one, same color.

I found one at pawn shop here in Chattanooga, Tn. It had been sitting there for close to a year maybe. I asked the guy how long it was sitting there and his answer was "Thirty bucks"... It has 80's Shimano on it so I got it. But I also have no clue what it is. It had a Cateye computer and an 80's extended aero bar added to it but other than that it is identical to the one pictured. I do know Motobecane had a bicycle line called Super Mirage in the 70's and 80's. Maybe it is that rebranded for somebody. This thread is the only info I have been able to find on this bicycle. Should I add pics here?
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Old 10-01-17, 10:18 AM   #5
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The bicycle pictured in post#1 is an upper entry level model, circa 1988-1989 based on the Exage Motion and Sport LX derailleurs. It is almost certainly a contract manufactured, private label brand. Given the era, it is most likely Asian manufactured and probably Taiwanese. The serial number may also us to determine the exact year and manufacturer.
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Old 10-01-17, 12:49 PM   #6
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My memory is rusty, but I think there was a shop near DC in the suburbs of Maryland that sold Alpine bikes. Way back then I thought that they built them, but they may have assembled bikes based on Japanese frames.
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There is a sticker that says "Made in Taiwan". It is light now that I have it mostly stripped down. Feels like Chromoly. This one also does not have a serial number. (unless it is hidden inside the bottom bracket or something like that.)
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Given the era and components, I wouldn't be surprised if it used a seamed, double butted CrMo, such as Tange Infinity. If so, the seat post should be 26.6-26.8mm.
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