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1984 Univega Alpina Pro...it followed me home!

Old 04-05-21, 03:33 PM
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1984 Univega Alpina Pro...it followed me home!

I found this bike in a semi-random FB marketplace search, far from my home but in Tennessee, near where we'd be passing through on a short spring vacation. It was difficult to arrange a meetup with the seller either time we were near him, and finally he just gave me his address and said to go to his house, look in his shed, and if I liked the bike, take it and leave the money. I felt it would have been bad form to have bargained! Of course I checked seatpost and stem.
The bike looks to have been rode very hard, but not put up wet, as there is extensive wear and scraping but not much rust. This may also be due to excellent paint, which I assume was done by Miyata, which apparently made these frames. Seller was the original owner and left all the original parts but saddle on, including the ultra-cool 'slingshot' stem and beartrap pedals. I'm thinking this gets touch-up on only the worst spots and then a nice coat of wax to preserve it, scars and all.
I am trying to fix up two vintage MTBs for wife and myself for trail riding, not single-track or anything strenuous, and I already had a nice Schwinn Cimarron and a mid-80s Stumpjumper Sport that I need to rebuild after powdercoating. So did I need another option? Of course not, but you know how it goes.









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Old 04-05-21, 03:53 PM
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Holy seatpost offset,Batman!
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Wow. 1984 is very early for a mountain bike. I like the alloy thumb shifters.
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I bought a white one in 1986 or so. Mine had a slightly different stem. Very nice bike, put in lots of trail miles but had to carry it around some sections. Easily kept up with the Stumpjumpers and Bianchi Grizzlies that my friends rode. I liked the bar-mounted friction shifters.
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Very neat MTB. Ready to hit the hilly bike trails with has new cables and paint protecting donuts.
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Nice find!
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Nice! I have(had) basically the same bike - and the same size. too small or me so I gave it to my brother, who gave it to our childhood friend's wife. As far as I know she still rides it-

hard to go wrong except that rear mech- mountech, has a tendency to explode. keep it clean and service it - not problem, but use it in mud and grime.. like MTB will. better to slap a cheap 90s deore on there and live happily every after.
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Originally Posted by majmt View Post
I bought a white one in 1986 or so. Mine had a slightly different stem. Very nice bike, put in lots of trail miles but had to carry it around some sections. Easily kept up with the Stumpjumpers and Bianchi Grizzlies that my friends rode. I liked the bar-mounted friction shifters.
I picked up a white Alpina Pro last year and I'm finally getting around to restoring it. It has a really cool black stem.
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Great bike, and i love the "OFF ROAD USE ONLY" sticker!
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Nice! Here's my 1983 (I think) Alpina Uno. Mine was stock when I bought it a couple of years ago, it even had the original foam grips. I added the Brooks C17 saddle, new grips, pump, VO Mojave bottle cage for my 40 oz. Klean Kanteen, Suntour VX GT rear derailleur, and some Rene Herse Rat Trap Pass tires.

Enjoy, these make great riders!


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I had a circa '83 in dark blue with a Cyclone derailleur and double (road crank) that I loved, and never should have sold, but technology was moving rapidly. Been looking to replace it some day.
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Originally Posted by johnnyace View Post
Nice! Here's my 1983 (I think) Alpina Uno. Mine was stock when I bought it a couple of years ago, it even have the original foam grips. I added the Brooks C17 saddle, new grips, pump, VO Mojave bottle cage for my 40 oz. Klean Kanteen, Suntour VX GT rear derailleur, and some Rene Herse Rat Trap Pass tires.

Enjoy, these make great riders!

I think I can speak for all of us when I say....we need many more photos of this bike especially close ups.
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Originally Posted by bOsscO View Post
I think I can speak for all of us when I say....we need many more photos of this bike especially close ups.
Well, okay, here you go, although she's not terribly clean:

https://www.bikeforums.net/g/album/21310574
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I like that stretch on the frame and the rake on the fork.
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I picked up a white Alpina Pro last year and I'm finally getting around to restoring it. It has a really cool black stem.

Your stem is probly one of these guys. SR MT-100
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Finishing up an Alpina Pro restore now.

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This was about as dirty when I...rescued her.
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^^^^ Nice how the wide/parallel spoke gap makes a frame for the dog in the background.

Oh, and phenomenal resto.
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Old 06-09-21, 03:17 PM
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Your stem is probly one of these guys. SR MT-100
Mine looks different. It has an MTS-101 stem. I've never seen an Alpina Pro like yours. It's awesome. I would totally buy one if I could find one!
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