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Univega: Custom Maxima vs. Viva Touring?

Old 12-26-09, 02:29 AM
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Univega: Custom Maxima vs. Viva Touring?

Could anyone please compare these two bikes--that is, which has a better frame and stock components? I'm sorry I don't have pictures, but I can tell you that each bike looks to be from the middle 80s. From what little info I've found, the Viva Touring is the low end of the touring line, but it's still better quality than the Custom Maxima. Please confirm--or please correct me. Thank you!
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Pretty much any vintage touring bike is worth more than a similarly equipped road bike, anywhere from 50% more to 100% more in my experience. Does it have canti brakes? That's one thing that many buyers are looking for.

I had a Univega Gran Turismo. It was a nice bike but too small for me.

Based on the picture below: The Viva Touring is a nice bike!! Some years the Univega touring bikes had caliper brakes, other years they had the cantilevers.

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I am not familiar with the Custom Maxima, but I assembled a Univega Viva Touring a while back, and never regretted it. It has cantilevers and a relaxed geometry. (I believe it even came with a triple, though the one here is sort of a frankenbike with Cyclones and a Sugino double)

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