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Univega Alpina Comp, early 90ís?

Old 12-22-19, 12:44 AM
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Univega Alpina Comp, early 90ís?

Here is a Univega Alpina Comp that I picked up a couple of days ago. Iíve had several projects over the last couple of years that started with a bare frame and needed to be conceived of and built, so Iím happy to have a bike I can just clean up and ride. Itís complete and in very good shape. Iíll post updates as I make progress...









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I love this top tube cable routing...


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Nice find! I think that was a top end bike but others will chime in. nice components I think the splatter paint job is a sign of the late 80s early 90s
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Starting the teardown... All Suntour drivetrain, even the chain. Pity that it’s severely worn. Also Suntour cassette mounted on Suntour GL hubs.





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Originally Posted by noobinsf View Post
Starting the teardown... All Suntour drivetrain, even the chain. Pity that itís severely worn. Also Suntour cassette mounted on Suntour GL hubs.





Keep all the pieces, worn, broken or otherwise.
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I believe that your bicycle is a 1991 model. SunTour introduced XC Comp for the 1990 model year, but my Lawee price list for that year does not list an Alpina Comp. However, it is listed in 1991 with Tange Power Oval tubing and SunTour XC Comp/Ritchey components at $769 US. It was 2nd in the ATB line. It was also listed for 1992 but with an upgrade to XC Comp Micro-Drive, which your bicycle does not have. The serial number should corroborate the model year. Enjoy your new acquisition.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
I believe that your bicycle is a 1991 model. SunTour introduced XC Comp for the 1990 model year, but my Lawee price list for that year does not list an Alpina Comp. However, it is listed in 1991 with Tange Power Oval tubing and SunTour XC Comp/Ritchey components at $769 US. It was 2nd in the ATB line. It was also listed for 1992 but with an upgrade to XC Comp Micro-Drive, which your bicycle does not have. The serial number should corroborate the model year. Enjoy your new acquisition.
Thanks so much for this info. I suspect I will find the SN when I remove the bottom bracket cable guide, which I will do when I disassemble the drivetrain, so I'll post the SN when I find it.
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My wife (girlfriend at time) had one I believe was labeled Alpina but I think it must have been lower level. I remember Deore components and I think she got it in '92, maybe late '91. This was in SF and it would have been from Stanyan Cyclery or more likely the shop on Sutter (I think) in Nob Hill.
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Also look for date codes on the components. The vintage-trek web site has a component date code decoder page, including a table of Suntour codes.

Couple years ago I picked up an Alpina Comp, I think a year or two newer, also loaded with Suntour and Ritchey-branded bits. A blast to ride, and something of a head-turner. Univega's fade and splatter jobs were.... iconic BITD.

Hard to tell without a non-drive-side pic -- does your bike have the "Max Mudroom" chainstays, that dog-leg upward near the BB?

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Hard to tell without a non-drive-side pic -- does your bike have the "Max Mudroom" chainstays, that dog-leg upward near the BB?
No, and judging by the pics I can find on the web of bikes that have these chainstays, it looks to be a later addition than Ď91.
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No, and judging by the pics I can find on the web of bikes that have these chainstays, it looks to be a later addition than Ď91.
+1; IIRC, mine's a '93. Alas, Univega is one of those brands that has VERY few old catalog scans available online.
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This doesn’t look too bad, right? It’s chainstay rash down to bare steel, and the 24-tooth granny ring is bent, so the chain must have seized. Just file to smooth and apply Rustoleum? Frame alignment does not look to be affected.




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Yeah I would say the granny ring is bent, RJ may have a video on fixing that or you can probably get a straight one cheap at the local co-op I have purchased new Sugino rings and don't think they are that expensive if you are just getting one.
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I'd clean up the chainstay, apply a bit of body filler, smooth it, and touch up the paint. It's a very inconspicuous spot, behind the chain, so touch ups are easy to get away with.
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Nice bike. The Alpinas are nice bikes. I like the suntour stuff as well but the indexing was hit or miss. I wouldn't sweat the damage to the chainstay; just touch it up and ride it.
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The easiest way to straighten the chainring is with an adjustable crescent spanner. Remove the middle and large rings but keep the granny fastened to the crankarm spider. Tighten the jaws of the spanner over the point of largest deflection from true and bend back. It may take some trial and error.

The stay damage is typical chain such symptom. Given the location, any touch-up will be largely inconspicuous.

Do you have the serial number yet?
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Do you have the serial number yet?
Here it is: AL90124980


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I appreciate everyone’s reassurances - I will likely just straighten the ring rather than replace, and the touch up looks straightforward.
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Here it is: AL90124980
Thxs, I can't make a definitive statement without having some more samples form the era, but the leading candidates would be a 1990 or 1991 model. So, everything is still pointing towards a 1991 model.
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Originally Posted by noobinsf View Post
Here is a Univega Alpina Comp that I picked up a couple of days ago.


Sweet bike! I'm quite the fan of XC Comp stuff- I really dig the sorta faux carbon fiber painting on the plate.
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Paintjobs on these univega are just awesome !!!
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Rear hub cups and cones are in very good shape, but the front is mixed — cups look excellent, but the cones are shot. Luckily, I have a random spare Sunshine front hub that also uses 3/16 bearings, so I will give that a go and try to cannibalize the cones.



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