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1987 Univega Gran Touring max tire size.

Old 08-23-10, 04:21 PM
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1987 Univega Gran Touring max tire size.

Hi,
I'm looking at a 1987 Univega Gran Touring to use as a winter bike. Last year, I rode a 1990 Trek 520 through the winter, but I retired the bike due to size (it was one size too large). I had Nokian W240's mounted on Mavic A719/XT wheels, and was simultaneously using SKS P50 fenders. No clearance issues at all. The 520 had 55mm width of clearance at the top of the fork, and a 75mm rear bridge. I have a 1990 Cannondale ST400, but it can't handle the tires/wheels, even without the fenders, so it's going on CL, and I'm in the market for something more robust.
Does anyone know if the Univega would be able to accomodate this setup?
If not, can you recommend an older touring bike that could, and still be in the Univega's price range?
Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-23-10, 05:03 PM
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so, 700x40 with fenders? probably not, but maybe.
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Not surprised it didn't work with the ST400. Short-reach caliper brakes would prevent anything like that.
The "S" in "ST400" stands for "sport". It can't decide if it wants to race or tour.
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ST400 has cantilevers

My 1990 ST400 has cantilevers, stock. I think the earlier models had calipers.
The problem is the spacing of the stays and fork. It couldn't even really fit a Schwalbe marathon 35mm without fenders. But then again, it came with 27 x 1 1/4 stock.

Any ideas on an older tourer that can handle the studded tires with fenders?

PS. is a 1987 considered classic? Did I post in the right place?
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Rigid frame MTB for those studded tires with fenders. And even better, you can find nice vintage MTBs cheap!
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The thought's crossed my mind. I have a 1990 Trek 970, rigid, OSX CroMo, that I'm slowly building as a tourer.
The problem is I already have the 700c Nokians, and the pair cost more than the 970, and about the same as the Univega.
Instead of tires I'd rather buy another bike.
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