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Old 08-11-08, 10:18 PM   #1
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Fixing up a Univega Specialissima.

I've recently picked up a Univega Specialissima from some relatives who aren't doing much but letting it rust. That's just about all I know about it and it would be my first "road"-ish bike.

The frame and fork look alright. The wheels' status is to be determinined but I think just about everything else is beyond saving. I also want to put thinner wheels on it then a touring bike would use as well as get rid of the bar-end shifters (personal preference...).

Now here's my ignorance. In the 20 years of bike tech progression, would I be able to take something like a full Tiagra or 105 setup and put it on the bike? Are there different standards from then to now? What are the most likely complications I might run in to?

I'll be glad to post pictures when I get home for the sake of pictures and if it will help finding any more information on it. Through google and here, I've had a tough time getting any actual numbers on it.
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Old 08-11-08, 10:58 PM   #2
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What size is it? I've been looking for a specialissima for a while now. If you want a road bike maybe I have something we could trade, it would be less work for you and we'd both get exactly what we want.
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Well, with the ridiculous amount of luggage tied to two female family members, at least for the sake of scapegoating, I couldn't get it fit in the car. With the tools I had I couldn't quite strip it of bars and cranks. It'll probably be shipped in some time.

As far as the few people that have questioned a trade or sale, I haven't quite decided what to do with it.
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Old 08-13-08, 10:49 AM   #4
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The Specialissima is a really nice bike... as far as I can tell it's pretty much a Miyata 1000. Great classic touring ride.

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