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Old 05-22-10, 10:06 AM
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Univega model information

Happy Saturday everyone.

I'm looking for a vintage steel roadie and checked out a Univega Supra Sport the other day. I read through some threads about that model here and it sounds like some year models were really nice with triple-butted frames made in Japan. After checking out the bike for sale it seems that other years were not so illustrious, but i'm looking for more information.

Serial number M9A 46467. From this thread, that suggests a 1984 model.

There's no way i'm paying the $170 asking price on this bike, but i am interested in comments on which models/years are the ones to look out for to get the nicer Univegas and how much they differ from the more basic model like this one appears to be. Unlike Motobecanes, Treks, etc., i haven't found a nice compendium of resources on Univegas.

Thanks in advance for your wisdom.

Edit: Ad text as follows (ad photos added as attachments):

This bike has a Biopace elliptical chain ring for maximum leg leverage, also 27x1/4” quick release alloy wheels with presta high pressure tubes. 56 cm TANGE brazed lugged chrome molly frame. 32” standover. Bike is equipped with Exage Motion shifters, derailers and brakes. Equipped with water bottle cage, plus a kickstand and rear carrier. Has comfortable Serfas gel seat. $170.00
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I am not a bike Univega expert, but I am fan they made great bikes. this Supra was a nice sport bike, a great bike for cruising around but nothing special. it was along the lines of a Bianchi Strada or a Trek 420. I think it is a bit newer than a '84 model. the Exage Motion group is closer to '90ish. do you a have a pic of the whoole bike? from the condition 170 might be a bit high, but then again you are in a big college area.
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Thanks Bianchigirll.

Yeah i went into the meeting with the seller thinking it must be a '90 or so, but the serial number suggests older. Googling various combinations of the components didn't get me far. I added the photos from the ad to the first post. It's a pretty nice-looking setup and i went to the meeting expecting to buy the bike, but the condition of some parts and the less stellar frame than i had expected from my reading here left me feeling it was too much for too little. There were Supra Sports with triple-butted chromalloy frames made in Japan AFAIK but apparently not this year...
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Yes, it is 90 or so. Not the Exage group per se, but the decals. Those Univega decals appeared in the very late 80s ('89 IIRC). My '90 has identical decals
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I picked up the identical bike two years ago in mint condition for $65 on Criag's list. It is pretty nice-shifts well and rides smoothly. I have an earlier Univega which is Splined Triple Butted CrMo circa 85-87? which is twice the bike.
Quality suffered when they made the move to Taiwan. Keep looking there were a few years that Miyata (Univega) made TBC frames for almost all their bikes across the line with reliable shimano index shifting. There was a Univega with Suntour Superbe components on Craig's list last week for $90. I replied but was too late. Good luck.
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Thanks, that's the information i was looking for: earlier bikes (mid 80s) are indeed much better. I'll keep looking.
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