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Old 08-13-09, 09:14 PM   #1
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Panasonic or Univega?

I have a 1984 Univega Gran Turismo that needs a bit of work (cleaning, brakes and cables, new wheel, saddle, pedals are too small). I found a 1979 Panasonic Deluxe Sport on craigslist for 100 bucks.

I was thinking of buying it, and using it for parts for my Univega, but it's listed as ready to ride.

Would it be better to ditch the Univega for the Panasonic? Would the Univega be better for touring? The Panasonic has a 24" frame, I currently ride a 19" frame. The Univega is about the same size as what I ride now. Does size matter?
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In a nutshell, ride the frame that fits. If the 19" frame fits, you will not be able to even straddle the 24".

Generally, there is a big difference between late 70's Japanese bikes and the early-to-mid 80's bikes, the newer ones are generally alot better (there are exceptions). Both Univegas and Panasonic's generally equal in quality when considering the entire line-up. I'd go with the newer frame (if it fits).
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Univega is the better bike of the two, and likely has better components already.

Sizes are dramatically different, one bike is for someone 5-5, the other for someone around 6-0.
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