Univega 2000 Alpina 700 Hardtail Bike

DESCRIPTION

mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Answer Manitou Magnum R, 3.0" travel fork

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 07, 2007]
Barry
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Durable frame, excellent components for the money, DISK'S BABY!

Weakness:

Front Fork could be better, stock tires were wrong for my riding, a little heavy.

Great bike for the money. I bought hardtail (again- see my past bikes) and couldn't spend like before. The awesome Balance and the cherry Cannondale I had were both before I had a family. The balance was the best climber I've ever ridden, much less owned. Anyway, to the Univega. I chose it for its sound component setup and disc brakes. It had been sitting forlorn at Kisslers for some time, I made the best deal I could and took it home for about $550, IIRC.
My rides are around town, seeking out climbs and trails whenever I can. The bike has bee very reliable and handles well. Geometry coudl be a little more aggressive like the old AL-750, but I can adjust weight distribution as I need. It is reasonably comfortable to do hours of road work. I like the seat, but the spring in it is too hard to act anything like a rear suspension. I don't remember what I was expecting.
Love those BRAKES. Stopping in mud or any wet conditions is no longer a 'squeeze tight, close eyes, hope for best" type of ordeal. They are reactive, easy to modulate and will pop a cornea if you are not careful. It is for this reason that I set the shocks to a fairly soft setting. They take some of that force and help prevent the infamous ass/teakettle maneuver.
Good bike for the money. I still miss my AL.

Similar Products Used:

Balance AL-750, C-dale M-800, GT Outback

[Dec 03, 2001]
Chris
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Components are quality. Wheels never needed truing in 12 months of hard riding. Good geometry/handling.

Weakness:

A little heavy (around 30 lbs.), but for this price range, that's probably about standard. The stripped-down frame weighs about 4.2 lbs., making it a little shakey for upgrading other components.

This is an update of my earlier review now that I have had a year to try and wear things out. I've been very happy with the performance and durability of this bike. It has been an excellent value and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great starter bike that can take abuse and keep on going. I've progressed enough with this bike that I'm moving on to something lighter, but I've got no complaints about this bike. As far as the color scheme and overall appearance, I haven't seen many stock bikes that are prettier.

Similar Products Used:

GT Agressor 1.0

[Sep 28, 2001]
"Oly"
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Everything. very sharp, well equipped, well performing piece of machinery.

Weakness:

Seatpost...seatpost, and the seatpost

Bottom lime best deal you can get, I LOVE this bike. Great components frame etc. The list goes on and on.

[Dec 24, 2000]
Anthony
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Price, Seat Post, Manitou Fork

By far the best bike I have ridden. I use it to commute to and from work during the week and beat it up on the trails on weekends. This bike is smooth and comfortable on long road rides and is extremely soft on the hard trails. The suspended seat post allows me to stay in the saddle on rougher terrain which minimizes rear tire slipping up hills. The unbelievable price I got at a local dealer makes the ride even sweeter. You'll have a tough time getting these components on another bike at this price.

Similar Products Used:

Mongoose, Mt. Tek, GT

[Feb 25, 2001]
Ray
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

The after market products that come with this bike far outmatch anything I have seen on the internet as well as in numerous shops. From the wellgo clipless pedals to the promax disc brakes this bike impressed me. Another strength the double butted 7005 heat treated alluminum frame. For a hardtail this bike is plush.

Weakness:

The owner/dealer switched out the quacky seatpost and upgraded my brakes for free! The original post bobbed around and altered the seat hieght way too much for me to be comfortable with. The old model brakes supposedly had a high degree oif drag to them so for no additional cost the shop owner switched them out and also TOLD me!

I love this bike! Not too many bikes fit me as well as this bike does. Most either stretch me out too far over the bike or have too much of a rise on the front end for me to get the right rider geometry for my size. After a few minor alterations at the bike shop (seatpost, stem angle, brake upgrade for free) I found this bike to be the perfect mixture of race goemetry and wieght as well as an amazing set of aftermarket products. It handles well in techical spots with even wieght distribution as well as keeping most of the wieght low on the bike. The hardtail is responsive and the rear triangle has just enough flex for the downhill. The Bike steers well and works well with the Magnum R's travel. You will be hard pressed to get a bike as race ready as this for that price. Beyond that and most importantly, thanks guys at APB for being honest about the products and helping me find the best sollution-you've got my business!

Similar Products Used:

Gary Fischer HKEK and Super Caliber, Balance comp, Trimble.

[Dec 17, 2000]
Michael
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great hardtail attributes, sprints,corners and stops really well thanks to the disk brake sys. cool blue color

Weakness:

cheap susp. seat post

This is an excelent bike for those that ride alot but not to race. The price is marked very well.

Similar Products Used:

Livin' X, Rocky mountain Vertex TO

[Dec 03, 2000]
Joe
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great bang for the buck. Aluminum frame, front/rear disks, manitou front suspension.

Weakness:

nothing large so far. slight oil leaking from manitou as mentioned in its review. fixed it with teflon tape

Excellent buy. Anyone would be hard pressed to find a better all around bike for the money.

Similar Products Used:

97 Trek 930 99Specialized Stumpjumper comp

[Feb 07, 2001]
Tyson Wellington
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Well the frame hasn't broken yet.......

Weakness:

Been through two cranks, they recalled the brakes and havent got the replacement for the front yet. The seat wombles alot because of the spring.

Well.....it rode good for the first month and since then it has been showing its true product quality, summed up as sh#@ !!!
For the best hardtail Univega has, I think i should have looked else where.

Similar Products Used:

GT, Trek, even the huffy i had stayed out of the shop more!

[Feb 17, 2001]
Chris
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Love the paint scheme. Good component package for the money. Handles well. Clipless pedals.

Weakness:

Diatech brakes work well but don't completely break contact with the disc when they're released. (factory is sending me a set of the upgraded Promax mechanical discs, which I stipulated before buying). As mentioned, the caps on the Manitou fork tend to leak. Teflon still bled some oil through. I solved it by putting blue "Leak Lock" compound on the threads (available from refrigeration supply house)

I searched every bike shop and internet site I could find and was not able to find more bike for the money (the Raleigh M600 is made by the same parent company and is identical in componentry except for Judy XC instead of Manitou Magnum R, Deore crank instead of TruVativ Firex, and different tires and bar--I prefer the Univega because of a better color scheme and riser bars)
I got so much more for my money over the GT I bought earlier in the year. The frame geometry must be superior too, because this bike handles much better. In short, for looks and performance at a value, this bike can't be beat.

Similar Products Used:

2000 GT Agressor 1.0; 2000 Raleigh M600 (wife's bike)

[May 12, 2001]
JOSE CALDERON
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

price, color, performance

Weakness:

the suspension leaked but i used teflon to solve the problem

The bike climbs smoothley and descends very well, I was surprise of its performance the selection of colors used to paint it makes it look very pro. I do a lot of night riding and I have found that a flat bar is better than a riser bar because you can install your light system better. I am so pleased with this bike that I have my Gary Fisher Sugar 3 as my second bike.

Similar Products Used:

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