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Old 06-23-11, 06:30 PM
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Univega Mixte

Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone knew the hierarchy of Univega mixtes. I've heard of Viva Sport, Nuovo Sports, and Gran Turismo mixtes.

Can anyone rank them from in increasing "niceness" (which I guess is synonymous to price).

I'd also like to know about any other Univega Mixte models.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 06-23-11, 06:43 PM
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I had a regular frame 86 Viva sport and that was pretty high up the hierarchy coming equipped with Suntour 6000 series cyclone derailleurs and a very nice set of 700c Ukai rims. I do not recall what hubs were on it but I really wish it had been my size.
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Old 06-23-11, 06:54 PM
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Also, where would you guys put a mid 1980s Centurion LeMans Mixte with Shimano Exage components in comparison to these Univega mixtes?

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i was gonna say - most people dont associate mixtes with being high end - that being said - go look on ebay and you'll find some older ones - mainly french ones - that people will put high numbers on - i dont have a univega and much of ride quality with what you pick up might have to do with the bikes condition - patience is key
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I would agree that the Gran Turismo is probably the nicest of the three models, but I'm biased since I like older touring bikes. I haven't seen a mixte GT but I would like to.

A lot of it will probably depend on year. I had a blue 1980 Gran Turismo men's model that was a plain gauge crmo frame and came with Suntour VX-Gt components. After I was riding that for a while, I found a matching blue 81 Viva Sport mixte frame that I built up as a townie for my girlfriend, it also had a plain gauge Crmo frame and came with VX-Gt components.

I think the gran turismo and nuovo sport both made it to the CTB (cromoly triple butted) level in the later years, not sure if the viva sport did or not.
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My wife's Nuovo Sport Mixte has the triple butted CrMo. Not positive on the year...never made a real effort to date it. It has indexed Shimano Light Action bits.

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I would agree that the Gran Turismo is probably the nicest of the three models, but I'm biased since I like older touring bikes. I haven't seen a mixte GT but I would like to.

A lot of it will probably depend on year. I had a blue 1980 Gran Turismo men's model that was a plain gauge crmo frame and came with Suntour VX-Gt components. After I was riding that for a while, I found a matching blue 81 Viva Sport mixte frame that I built up as a townie for my girlfriend, it also had a plain gauge Crmo frame and came with VX-Gt components.

I think the gran turismo and nuovo sport both made it to the CTB (cromoly triple butted) level in the later years, not sure if the viva sport did or not.
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