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Old 09-08-13, 02:53 PM
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Thoughts on Univega?

Hey all,

After my debacle yesterday, I have taken back to scouring Denver's CL. I just found a nicely priced Univega in my size. Surely needs some work, but would love to get people's insight on this bike, it seems like a good pickup. I have seen some Univega love going around the forums but I now virtually nothing about them.

Also, after having my favorite bike stolen last summer, I want to make sure I am buying legit. Does this raise any red flags?

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Univega made nothing, but sold a complete line of bikes from basic to great, and everything in between. This is a basic one, which is typically what I see at this price point (the higher level ones get scooped up fast).
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At $130, that's pretty good value, but it will likely require maintenance of the main bearing groups as most vintage bikes have not been serviced since the day they left the LBS.
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Stem-mounted shifters and 'turkey' or safety brake levers usually indicate a lower-range bike. Most Univegas of the mid-80s time period (several date clues are visible in the pics) were manufactured by Miyata, and therefore have a rough comparison model to go by. By rough I mean that Uni and Miyata frames were very similar, but the components varied. If you can supply us with the serial number stamped on the bottom bracket and a list of components, we can nail the date of manufacture and its value down pretty well...

I have a mid-80s Univega - and it based on the components, mine falls somewhere between the Miyata 310 and 710, and originally sold for less than either... gotta love those off-brand 'spec' bikes...
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Get it. Univegas were not the best bike, they were not the cheapest, but usually the best for the buck I have two and love them both. If stem shifters bother you, convert to down tube, if turkey wings bother, pull them off. That's what I did to my 1979 Univega Viva Sport.
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