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Mar 28, 2001 12:12 PM
Does anyone have any thoughts on Univega bikes? This model seems to be pretty nice for the money. Campy Mirage components and Columbus frame. I think MSRP is $699. Don't know much about Univega other than they are owned by the same company that owns Raleigh. Also, not aware of the quality of the Mirage components. Will be checking one out Friday. Am I wasting my time?
Modo VivereThe Kid
Mar 28, 2001 12:58 PM
My take on the 2001 Univega Modo Vivere:
The frame rides really nicely. It's the same as Univega uses on the two models above this one in their line.

The sizes run 47cm to 62cm every 3cm, so the gap between sizes is a little bigger than most. If one fits, great. If you're in the middle, then trust someone competent in the shop to help you decide.

They fixed the one compaint I had with it in the 2000 model year - no reinforcing collar at the seat post clamp. Newer models have either a brazed-on steel collar/clamp or an aluminum seat post clamp.

I like the color a lot, but some may not. The consistency of the paint quality on them is not to a consistently high standard, but even the average ones are passable for a $700 bike.

Nice that they upgrade to a Veloce crankset on an otherwise Mirage equipped bike. You'll want clipless pedals soon, so the basic pedals that come stock are not a big liability. The only non-Campy drivetrain component is the KMC chain. It's functional, but not flashy.

Have the dealer check the wheels out thoroughly. As with any machine built wheels, they will benefit from some hand finishing to even out the spoke tension and fine-tune the trueness.

For an entry level bike, the quill stem and threaded headset make sense, since you can adjust the bar height more easily.

The stem and handlebar use a 25.4mm clamp diameter, so you could use a 1" quill MTB stem if you need to get the bars even higher than stock. However, if you later upgrade the fork, headset and stem to a threadless system, be prepared to buy a new handlebar or a shim your old one, since most threadless stems use a 25.8-26.0mm clamp diameter.

Seats are a personal preference issue, but I wouldn't ride on the one that comes stock - too much padding for such a narrow racing saddle. Your taste may vary, however.

In closing, if I was buying a $700 road bike, this would be the one. Make sure you find a dealer that cares and a size that fits. Good Luck!
Mar 28, 2001 4:07 PM
I got a Modo Vincere about 6 wks. ago - same frame w/ mainly veloce. The bike is working out real well - it really rocks. If the Modo Vivere looks like the bike for you - go for it. You won't be sorry. Look at it this way: compare the Bianchi Campione or Eros to the Univega Modo Vivere - they are comparably equipped [mirage/veloce] Then compare the price - Univega has got to be the best Italian equiped bike for the money on the market.