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Old 12-29-21, 11:23 PM
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Sterling Super Discovery

Ok, I know this is far from classic and even vintage would be a stretch. Anyway, I picked it up for $50 today cuz it was 0.5 miles from my house and upon inspection it was in v good shape and rode pretty damn nice. Tange cro-mo frame... not bad. Wheels spin true, freely, and have no play. Looks like it hadn't been used much. Seems like late 80s?

I had looked up Sterling before I went and the opinions on this site ranged from junk to almost-decent. Some thought it was a sub-brand of Univega, and in fact this came with a old Univega bottle (maybe worth more than the bike, haha). It's only 3x6 but shifts and rides great. Anyway, you don't see 'em very often and I figured I could ride for a while and probably sell it.

Here are some pics as-is, enjoy!




Not just the Discovery, it's the SUPER Discovery haha


I like these pedals, what are they?



Old Univega bottle, nice! Contains 1980's air?



Old SIS RD





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Old 12-30-21, 06:55 AM
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I had a 90's era Cycle Pro Millennium that looked exactly like your Sterling. My guess is they came from the same factory and it is a contract frame. Should be a good commuter or trail bike if it fits right.
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There are a few different Sterling brands but this one was owned by Lawee, so it is a sister brand to Univega. Lawee introduced their Sterling brand in 1985. Based on the rear derailleur, I'd place this one circa 1987-1989. The serial number may allow us to determine the exact year and manufacturer. The pedal brand is Victor, also known as VP.
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Originally Posted by TiHabanero View Post
I had a 90's era Cycle Pro Millennium that looked exactly like your Sterling. My guess is they came from the same factory and it is a contract frame. Should be a good commuter or trail bike if it fits right.
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There are a few different Sterling brands but this one was owned by Lawee, so it is a sister brand to Univega. Lawee introduced their Sterling brand in 1985. Based on the rear derailleur, I'd place this one circa 1987-1989. The serial number may allow us to determine the exact year and manufacturer. The pedal brand is Victor, also known as VP.
Great info, thanks as always. Happy new year!
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Great info, thanks as always. Happy new year!
Univega water bottle, no such thing as coincidence.

Very cool, great score.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
There are a few different Sterling brands but this one was owned by Lawee, so it is a sister brand to Univega. Lawee introduced their Sterling brand in 1985. Based on the rear derailleur, I'd place this one circa 1987-1989. The serial number may allow us to determine the exact year and manufacturer. The pedal brand is Victor, also known as VP.
I checked for the S/N. Nothing on BB, but just above on seat tube there was "D970". Does that help at all?

EDIT: looking at my pic, I see numbers that I missed initially . So under the "D970" are these 6 numbers: 553473


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Another Brand, like Sterling Automobiles... gone.
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Double butted CrMo frame, thumb shifters, long Shimano brake levers -- what's not to like?
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Originally Posted by SDHawk View Post
I checked for the S/N. Nothing on BB, but just above on seat tube there was "D970". Does that help at all?

EDIT: looking at my pic, I see numbers that I missed initially . So under the "D970" are these 6 numbers: 553473
I believe that it is actually

DS70
553473

That would make it a 1987 model manufactured in May by the Dodsun Bicycle & Machinery Company of Taiwan.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
I believe that it is actually

DS70
553473

That would make it a 1987 model manufactured in May by the Dodsun Bicycle & Machinery Company of Taiwan.
Thanks as always, T-Mar. The Dodsun Co. seems to still be in business. Maybe I'll ask them if they have an extra fork, haha.

Btw, cleaned the bike, lubed external stuff, and went on short ride. It's pretty cool, only negatives are 18 speed doesn't have as fine a gradation and it's a lil heavy on the uphill. Neither are deal breakers, and it's super smooth... I'm gonna keep and ride for a while.
Happy new year 🎊
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Everything about that is classic and vintage. Nice find!! What size is it? (top tube/seat tube lengths)
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Everything about that is classic and vintage. Nice find!! What size is it? (top tube/seat tube lengths)
Hey, thanks. Seat tube is 21.5" and top tube is 22.5". It feels fine, tho at 5'7" I usually fit 18-20". So on this one I have the seat low, only about an inch of seatpost showing.
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Just following up, here's a few more pics. I love the way it rides, even with the poofy seat haha. 'll probably sell it though, just cuz I have too many, not to mention I just got a a Fisher HKII that's more my size. Will post that one next.



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These bikes are grossly under-appreciated (non-suspension mountain bikes with good quality tubing, construction and components).

They are almost bullet-proof, ride comfortably, can do anything and have gearing that can take you anywhere.

Good score!
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...I picked it up for $50 today...
Wow... How come these deals never come my way.... Rats!
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