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Old 06-14-19, 09:41 PM
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Univega Alpina Ultima 1983?

So I was at the local Goodwill and saw this Univega out of the corner of my eye. while looking for audio equipment. I thought it may have been garbage but upon closer inspection it looked like it had decent components. I bought it for $29. I was going to part it out but not too sure. Information seems a bit spare on what this thing is worth as a whole. I gave it a bath but haven't really cleaned anything,. All original except tires, seat, and grips. I prefer road bikes. Any ideas what it is worth?




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Old 06-14-19, 10:25 PM
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Jewel. If you were going to keep a vintage mb, this would be a nice showpiece.
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That is the best bike I have ever seen from Goodwill, in person or online. And Iím amazed you got it at that price. It seems a shame to part it out, only to have the person who buys the frame have to laboriously try to reassemble all the parts to rebuild it. If you donít desperately need to maximize your return, and the bike doesn't appeal to you, why not sell it to someone who would
really love a great bike like that.
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That is beyond cool. Don't tear it apart, just sell it as-is if you don't want it.
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I love mine. Put a set of Fat Franks on mine just for the heck of it.



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I'm not desperate to sell off the parts. I would sell it whole to an appreciative buyer, after I go through it all and rebuild and inspect the hubs and bottom bracket, new cables, clean and polish stuff, etc. I'm more of a road bike guy, but I can certainly appreciate this bike.
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I usually put a low value on 1980s MTBs, but the Ultima is pretty special. Nitto anodized bull moose handlebars, full Champion cromoly frame, Sunshine cartridge bearing wheels, Suntour Superbe Tech RD, adjustable set back seat post, etc. Its really one of the best of the consumer brand MTBs from Japan for that era. Yours has some condition issues, don't know if the paint is faded that badly or did it come in different colors. There is a Univega catalog for 1983 out there on the web.
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There are some other photos of some grey ones online. There is no fading and remarkably few scratches. That white mark along the seat stay came right off with some polish.
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So I can't remove the bottom bracket. Curiously it has a lockring on both sides. I don't have a tool for this, nor did the local shop. It has 8 indentations and so does an ISIS tool, but not sure that would work. Any ideas?

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Early Suntour cartridge bottom bracket. You have to get a little creative, like a pin spanner wrench or similar. Even a cheapo screwdriver used as a punch can work. As I recall, I've always had success with the pin spanner.

Suntour made a tool for this job, but its been out of production for almost 30 years. You need a rigid pin spanner, like the one found on a Park Tool BB tool HCW-4.

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I have a set of pin spanners like used to remove other non fixed cups. No dice. It's seized. I sprayed penetrant in there for a few days, but I may need to do it for a month. Last resort, vice grips or the vise.
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Then use a chisel or cheap screwdriver as a punch to get it started.
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Like I said in #11 , I already tried a pin wrench. I have 3 of them. There is not enough purchase in the cup surface with them to allow you to use any force. It just slips out.
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