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Old 01-01-18, 05:21 PM
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1988 Alpina Pro vs Diamondback Apex

Greetings all...

I am toying with something, and am hoping those of you in the know might give me some insight.

I love my Alpina Pro, I picked it up a year or so ago and it's been fantastic!
https://goo.gl/photos/XbKYDRz5Vzcn9g3S8

I'm toying with picking up a Diamondback Apex, I think they're pretty steep on price given that I paid $45 for the Univega. With the exception of the newer shifters on the Univega, what is the difference between the two bikes? Please be kind.
Here's the ad:
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/6441601545.html

If someone wants to swoop in, you'll prevent my wife and I from having a disagreement.

Thanks!
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Old 01-01-18, 10:47 PM
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Ignore what you paid on the Alpina. That was a deal. If I compared everything I ever looked at to one of my great deals, I wouldn't buy anything. The real question is whether you want the Diamondback. Its not as good of a bike as your Univega.
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Originally Posted by Chukbacca View Post
I love my Alpina Pro, I picked it up a year or so ago and it's been fantastic!
https://goo.gl/photos/XbKYDRz5Vzcn9g3S8

I'm toying with picking up a Diamondback Apex, I think they're pretty steep on price given that I paid $45 for the Univega. With the exception of the newer shifters on the Univega, what is the difference between the two bikes?
The price is hardly steep. Sure its 66% higher than the Univega, but $5 is 66% higher than $3.
If the Dback is in good working order and fits, $75 is hardly out of line.
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I'd say that they're so similar in terms of initial quality that the question becomes: do you need two of the same bike? Here on Bikeforums the answer is usually yes, so let me re-phrase it: do you need the same bike in rougher current condition for slightly more money? The Apex is no garage-queen.

But it is orange, and you might like the thumb shifters.

If it were me, I'd bookmark the CL ad and wait to see if it sells, or if it lingers and the price drops one or two times.


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Thanks for your insight gang! I think I'll just let it sit awhile and if it's meant to be, it's meant to be.

I've ridden bikes forever, but I'm trying to better understand the mechanics and quality level of components.

The bikes look so similar to me, I was genuinely curious what would have driven someone to purchase the Diamondback vs the Univega in the first place. The only difference I can immediately see is the rims, the Diamondback appears to have bigger hubs and the Univega had the super-hard anodized rims.

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Originally Posted by Chukbacca View Post
Thanks for your insight gang! I think I'll just let it sit awhile and if it's meant to be, it's meant to be.

I've ridden bikes forever, but I'm trying to better understand the mechanics and quality level of components.

The bikes look so similar to me, I was genuinely curious what would have driven someone to purchase the Diamondback vs the Univega in the first place. The only difference I can immediately see is the rims, the Diamondback appears to have bigger hubs and the Univega had the super-hard anodized rims.

Happy New Year!
I've owned both. The Univega Alpina Pro is several levels higher than that Diamondback. Much better parts, better frame, much better wheels, better everything.

Back in the day, my guess is the Alpina Pro cost at least double, if not triple, what the Diamondback sold for. Most buyers buy on price, so there tends to be a lot of the lower end stuff out there, and not much of the higher end stuff.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
I've owned both. The Univega Alpina Pro is several levels higher than that Diamondback. Much better parts, better frame, much better wheels, better everything.

Back in the day, my guess is the Alpina Pro cost at least double, if not triple, what the Diamondback sold for. Most buyers buy on price, so there tends to be a lot of the lower end stuff out there, and not much of the higher end stuff.
Wow! Thanks for that insight.
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I do like some of the better quality mass produced MTBS of this era they are some of the best bikes to buy used value wise. Both of these bike are very good riders for the price, you would have to spend several hundred to get a road bike of similar quality. That being said most mass produced better quality hard frame MTBs are similar enough that it is really hard to justify having several but for the price the Diamondback would be fine as a backup bike I would say slightly nicer frame set but the components and condition are a bit below the Alpina.
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