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Old 02-04-20, 05:18 PM
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Show off your Univega Alpina

Now that I have one, I notice that there is no dedicated thread for this versatile name and bike that appears to have been produced for more than a decade. There was the Team, the Pro, the Uno, the Comp, the Trail, and so many decimals. I’ll start with my Alpina Comp, seen here before disassembly (because it is currently in many pieces being overhauled).



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Old 02-04-20, 06:00 PM
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Univega made some really nice MTBs
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You missed a model, here it is: 1983 Alpina Ultima, the top of their line. Suntour Superbe Tech RD, Nitto black chrome plated bull moose bars, full Tange Champion tubing, Sunshine cartridge bearing hubs, etc. Original Univega tires on this one. Bought from a flipper in Florida. I've also owned an early Alpina Pro. But the Ultima was the top back in the day.

1982 was Univega's first year for MTBs, I had a 1982 Alpina Uno frameset only.

The early 1980s MTBs were the bomb!

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Old 02-07-20, 04:45 PM
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That petered out pretty quickly. Bump for any other Alpinas?
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Originally Posted by noobinsf View Post
That petered out pretty quickly. Bump for any other Alpinas?
I guess there aren't too many of us. lol
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I have a Univega Alpina just like the photo of 2cam16 above. I seen it marked at $35 at an estate sale . It was real dusty and I didn't need it so passed. I got to thinking about it the next morning and went back.. The price drops day 2 so price was 25% off.
It cleaned up like new . The brake pads are hard so I have salmon pads to put on it now. Nice bike and fits me.
OK, OK, I'll get the grandaughter over and show me how to post photos .lol
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Old 02-07-20, 09:50 PM
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Mine went from this to more upright with Soma Oxfords, to now the drop bar conversion.

1990 Alpina Team
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Late entry....This is an ‘84 Alpina Uno. Fun to ride this thing, sometimes in winter, sometimes on single tracks.


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Mine went from this to more upright with Soma Oxfords, to now the drop bar conversion.

1990 Alpina Team
Great bike. Does the stem have some sort of internal cable routing?
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I've never owned a Alpina but an old friend of mine had one and I'd love to find one just like it. IIRC it was a '90 within a beautiful lavender color with big multi colored paint flecks on it festooned with Mountain LX which became Deore the next year and the Deore group moved to Deore DX. It was a great looking bike and although to small to really tell seemed like a great rider.

Of course there are lots of other great models and colors I might snatch up if I ever saw them for sale near me.

The '90(?) Alpina Spot LX (Internet pic)
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Great bike. Does the stem have some sort of internal cable routing?

Beautiful! Univega had some fabulous color schemes
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Plenty of love for Alpinas here, I'd say. Just not a lot of them left. I forget the year on mine, maybe '90? My first orange bike:

Found at a thrift store sale, turned into a "geezer-glide" with a ginormous spring saddle, cheap steel bar ends, and pieces of galvanized pipe hammered onto the bar ends to extend them. Concept One stem was broken. And it was filthy.

Here it is, turned back into a bicycle. Good cleaning revealed all Ritchey Logic and Suntour XC Pro. Dual-oval frame tubing and "max mudroom" chainstays; the frame is kinda mind-blowing. And a blast to ride.
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I built the Alpina 5.7 (Ď92 or Ď94?) for my wife and I was jealous, so I went shopping and found my Ď85 Alpina Pro.

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Seeing the recent bump here, I will post this awesome red Alpina Uno sport "mixte" that I worked over for my son's girlfriend.

Frame only mostly, I need to get complete pics, thought I had some before pics.





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Wow, thatís beautiful. Iíd love to see final setup photos. I didnít know the Alpinas were made in mixtes. My wife would have loved to find one of those. Sheís gotten used to the top bar height on her 5.7, and Iím always jealous of the components and wheels, which she seems not to care about so much.
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Wow, that’s beautiful. I’d love to see final setup photos. I didn’t know the Alpinas were made in mixtes. My wife would have loved to find one of those. She’s gotten used to the top bar height on her 5.7, and I’m always jealous of the components and wheels, which she seems not to care about so much.
Tx!

I'll get the other pics in a few days, standby. I have seen quite a few of these but none recently.

While we're at it, you'll notice I put the "mixte" in quotation as these are not true mixte's not having two separate tubes running from the headtube to the rear dropouts.

This version with the single large TT running to the ST is technically called the Sport version even though the companies called them mixte's.

Another point to bring up here is that mixte's are not women's bikes, it literally translates to universal, unisex, everyone.

It was a utilitarian design, some companies only made them in one version for all.



PS, the very cool Dura in the other thread is also a Sport as well.

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There's at least one long-running Univega thread with lots of their mountain bikes representing. I browse that thread once in awhile, then go peruse craigslist trying to figure out why I want one.

Don't get me started, though. I don't need a mountain bike. But I've had the itch since finding a late 1990s Kona Lava Dome Race Light in a pawn shop last year. Kicking myself for not making at least a lowball offer. By the time I made up my mind it was gone. Pretty thing, my size and weighed less than my Centurion Ironman. I always thought those 1980s-'90s rigid mountain bikes were 30 lbs or so, but some of 'em were closer to 25 lbs., despite being all steel except for aluminum bars, stems, etc.

What I really want is the early '90s Univega with the same splattertastic paint and Bi-Axial Power Oval frame as my Univega Via Carisma. Something about that bike always amuses me. It's just fun to ride. But I tamed it from a MTB-lite configuration to a citified hybrid that's comfy on modest gravel too. Nitto albatross bars, bar-end shifters, big ol' Issi Thump platform pedals. That flexy fork makes it very comfy.

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Seeing the recent bump here, I will post this awesome red Alpina Uno sport "mixte" that I worked over for my son's girlfriend.

Frame only mostly, I need to get complete pics, thought I had some before pics.





Better yet, what's up with that 5-0? I love Fox bodied 5-0's.
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Seeing the recent bump here, I will post this awesome red Alpina Uno sport "mixte" that I worked over for my son's girlfriend.

Frame only mostly, I need to get complete pics, thought I had some before pics.





Awesome. Love a good mountain mixte.
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Better yet, what's up with that 5-0? I love Fox bodied 5-0's.
Contemporary to the bike, to boot.....
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