Univega 2001 Alpina 700 Hardtail Bike

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[Mar 13, 2002]
Dan
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Good stock components

Weakness:

Needs to be tuned by someone who knows what tehy are doing. The disc brakes needed a severe tune--they had a rubbing problem. The chain that came from teh factory--or from assembly at HTO was the wrong kind--needed replacement.

Great for the price--but get it tuned seriously within after a couple of good rides.

[Oct 29, 2001]
Phil Kendrick
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Pro-Max mech. Disc's
Deore front Derailuer
LX rear
Alex anti snake bite rims ain't bad
Truvativ cranks are good
9-speed
crisp shifting up front and durability in the rear

Weakness:

Seatpost sucks (i'll tell ya how to fix it in the last section)
not a fan of the Nano-Raptor rubber
Stem feels ackward (hard to pull the front end up and im 6')
not the most bullet proof front end in the biz.
geeky headset cap
12" bottom bracket is a bit lower than im used to, i'll deal.

great for the money, some tips....

Fork... keep it till you break it. it has compression and rebound and its relatively light weight.

Seatpost... Pull out the post and turn it upside down, crank the bolt on the bottom in about 1/4". go up top and twist the little knob on the bottom of the dust boot until it bottoms out on the threads (i think you turn it to the right?). this will lock out the post. stop the seat from twisting too!

Brakes... dont adjust them until you break the pads in. if you do, you will need to adjust them again once they are broken in. do some high speed stops using each brake seperately (say 30MPh to zero, downhill of course) do this several times, then adjust the brakes. to adjust them, dial the right, stationary pad, so it is not touching the disc, but as close to the disc as you can get it. then dial the other pad in as much as you feel comfy with the lever pull. try and leave the barrel adjusters alone if at all possible. doing this will reduce rotor flex and keep the brakes hitting flatter, more modulation, and better power. disc is the way to go, no more ground down rims!

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[Nov 17, 2006]
Jake
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Value - was clearance at the time and had an OK parts spec for $400 or so dollars.

Weakness:

Chinsey odds and ends parts

This bike was a major downgrade from my previous bike, as I had gotten into cars and BMX, and MTB was put on the back burner.

The bike came with a crappy suspension seatpost (who cares), extremely cheap fork (kinda big deal) and low quality wheels (headache a few years down the road.) This wouldnt be bad for a $400 bike, but its "MSRP" was $999. This bike was not worth $999 until 4 years later when I realized that I completely consumed the Shimano LX/Deore drivetrain and the frame honestly still rode well. Every part that moved had been chewed to nothing but when I dropped a few hundred to get it rolling again, man it felt like a Klein. Not worth selling, I'll keep it as my rails-to-trails bike for sure.

If you come across a Univega like this for cheap, it's probably worth it.

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[Jul 07, 2002]
The Yak
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Responsive, components, price paid. The frame geometry is sweet. I'm 5'11" and 190lbs. It all works for me.

Weakness:

Weight - a tad heavy for a serious racer.

Unbelievebale value. If you are looking for the best bike under $600, this is it. A real pleasure to ride. Get one and you will not be disappointed.

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[Nov 10, 2001]
SWIRVEN KIRVEN
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Excellent frame, strong brakes, nice wheels, good quality components for the price.

Weakness:

Front fork could use a little help, seatpost is simply annoying.

Having been out of mountain biking for over eight years, i was amazed at the amount of bike I found for under six hundred dollars. The disk breaks are awesome! The bike seems to be well built, which was a huge factor for me- i'm 6'6" 230. The only complaints I have so far are the mushy front fork and the seatpost that will not stop wiggling from side to side. A thudbuster and Zoke are in my near future to remedy both of these problems. This bike would be an excellent buy for someone who wants a high quality product but doesn't have unlimited funds to blow on a bike!

[Aug 10, 2001]
Nate whitmarsh
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Bike handles great, decent component package for the price paid, and it even came with disc brakes!

Weakness:

the Shock seatpost is pretty weak. It turns left to right about 1/4" each direction. it's kind of odd to ride on.

Great bike for the price. I'm definalty enjoying the promax disc brakes. The bike handles great, i've dumped it a few times pretty hard and it just keeps taking it.

[Sep 04, 2002]
Craig
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great components, crank, wheelset, disc brakes, PRICE

Weakness:

low end fork and seatpost do not fit in with the other components, a little heavy too

You can't go wrong with Deore/LX componentry and disc brakes for only $355. So what if it's a little heavy, it'll help get me in shape for when I buy that Litespeed. If you have the chance to buy one of these leftovers, go for it.

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[Oct 10, 2001]
Kyle
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Great buy for the $$. Full Pro-max disk brakes, decent front fork, good handling, easy to ride. Great frame to build-up later.

Weakness:

Had some problems with the rear hub and free-wheel failing after long rides. Stock grips and clipless pedals are junk. Seat in funky, wiggles on the suspension stem. Takes some getting used to but ends up kinda cool.

Certainly cannot go wrong with this bike for the $$

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