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Thoughts on this Univega Supra Sport?

Old 04-04-17, 08:20 AM
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Thoughts on this Univega Supra Sport?

Hi all! I am looking for a bike to cruise around on weekends with and potentially commute short distances with. I saw this particular Univega that looks to be in pretty good condition. Here is the text from the listing.

"Men's Vintage Univega Supra Sport

- Circa 1980's
- Original parts
- Very light weight
- Black with red detail - slightly used - in storage last 20 years

$250 or reasonable offer"

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Would trying to negotiate for less than 200 be worthwhile? Thanks! I have attached pictures at the end of this post.
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Old 04-04-17, 08:39 AM
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It's not high end but would make a nice rider if it was your size. Price seems steep but I do not know your market. If it's sat for 20 yrs a full regrease would have to be done. It's clean which is good but does not warrant a high price.

Shot them a reasonable counter offer if you really are interested. Unvegas are nice riders.
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They are fine but that's too much IMO. It's a near entry level bike. I don't think they cost more than $200 BITD (not counting inflation) - or maybe a bit more, but not much. That one is in minty condition though. I still wouldn't pay more than $100, but I'm an ex mech and am used to buying stuff cheap.

You could probably to get a much nicer one for that much, like a gran rally or gran premio.
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Thanks for the help guys. I think I knew it was a bit steep to pay that much, but now that it's been confirmed I'll probably pass unless I can talk them down! I just love the look of it.
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I fixed and rode a brown univega supra sport at the coop. It was a VERY nice riding bike, unfortunately not my size. The price above seems steep, as mentioned. I think we sold ours for ~$150, but that was in near perfect working condition and less nice paint. (And it had new consumables.)

Given the paint, I may be willing to spend slightly more than what we sold ours for, but there are probably better choices.

As an aside, anybody know what the little switch thing is on the end of the NDS handlebar drop?

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Maybe go ride it, then see about the price. They may just want it gone.
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It's a very nice example of Univega craftsmanship. If it's got threaded eyelets on the front & back for racks it would make a great bike to haul groceries. But, it would have to be a real hot market for $250 on that. That would have to drop below $200 before I'd be interested.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, just going off the one Supra Sport I had, but they had ARX mechs right? Definitely solid bikes, but not anything all that remarkable. I feel anything pushing over 200 has to have something remarkable about it, higher end components, prestige, noteworthy frame material, something like that.

Certainly not a bad bike, you could always try to see if the price has room to move. In my experience sellers tend to sway a bit more if you follow up the offer with, I'll come get it right now.
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Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
I fixed and rode a brown univega supra sport at the coop. It was a VERY nice riding bike, unfortunately not my size. The price above seems steep, as mentioned. I think we sold ours for ~$150, but that was in near perfect working condition and less nice paint. (And it had new consumables.)

Given the paint, I may be willing to spend slightly more than what we sold ours for, but there are probably better choices.

As an aside, anybody know what the little switch thing is on the end of the NDS handlebar drop?
Probably a mirror that has been broken off.
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Good points all around. One other thing - that's a pretty small frame. @papaStrudel, do you know that this is the correct size for you? I bought a bike that was too small for me back before I had a better sense of bike fit... and it was mostly because it was a cool looking vintage bike with good paint.
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Good points all around. One other thing - that's a pretty small frame. @papaStrudel, do you know that this is the correct size for you? I bought a bike that was too small for me back before I had a better sense of bike fit... and it was mostly because it was a cool looking vintage bike with good paint.
Hm. I can't quite tell what size frame it is. Going by the headtube length isn't always a good indicator. My friend's 56 cm surly has a tiny headtube compared to my 54 cm (21") old schwinn.

I'd guess the bike is a 52-54.
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Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
Hm. I can't quite tell what size frame it is. Going by the headtube length isn't always a good indicator. My friend's 56 cm surly has a tiny headtube compared to my 54 cm (21") old schwinn.

I'd guess the bike is a 52-54.
Agreed - the angle of the down tube will impact the height of the head tube. And I think you're probably right about the size (though I would have guessed maybe slightly smaller, based also on clearance at the rear wheel). Either way, I'd encourage the OP to have a reasonable idea of what size frame he's seeking.
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Well I emailed the seller. It's 31 inches from the ground to the top of the frame and apparently "$240 is the best" they can do... Darn!!
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Well I emailed the seller. It's 31 inches from the ground to the top of the frame and apparently "$240 is the best" they can do... Darn!!
This model would have been in the middle of the 'sport/recreational/leisure' grouping of Univegas, which would be fine for your stated purposes. But that would put it well down the list of Univega road bikes (for example, below all the 'Professional' bikes and the 'High Performance' bikes). So I agree with the value suggestions above, its FMV is no more than half of what's being asked. And ditto with the size caveat. Unless you're around 5'5"-5'6", this is likely to be too small.

If that might be a good size for you, you can play the waiting game. This will likely sit unsold for a while, and you can circle back in a month or two and offer $100. The worst that can happen is you get turned down. In the mean time, if you're not sure what size bike you need, start figuring that out.

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