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Any old schoolers out there?(10 posts)

Any old schoolers out there?Jules
Sep 28, 2001 7:12 PM
I'm riding a 1991 Univega Competizione with Suntour Superbe Pro components. Commuting on it and doing some training rides on it also.

I am just getting back into cycling and I dusted off this bike after years of little or no use. Is there anyone with experience with this bike/component group? The Suntour stuff seems decent enough, my only complaint is the shifting, it's not very quick or accurate. Other than being a bit heavy and the component group it provides a fairly comfortable ride.

I have been doing a fair amount of mountain biking, surfing and light weight training since my hiatus from road cycling but I have completely fallen out of touch with the whole road thing.

I'm just curious how this bike compares to the newer stuff. I've test ridden a few newer bikes around the parking lots of local bike dealers and I would really love to get a new bike but cannot at this time because my wife is changing careers so I cannot really justify the cost of a new bike.
re: Any old schoolers out there?Debby
Sep 29, 2001 4:00 AM
Hi Jules,

Sounds like a very nice bike! Superbe Pro was Suntour's top of the line racing component.

I'd never even seen it until a few months ago, when I spotted an old Performance Superbe bike - a
12 speed non-aero brakelever, down tube shifter model that looked like it had never been ridden
(it was probably from the mid 80's).

Seems to be a lot of people who still seek out the Superbe Pro stuff - look it up on ebay!

Congrats on getting back in to cycling!

Debby
re: Any old schoolers out there?Rusty Coggs
Sep 29, 2001 4:25 AM
As Debbie said, the superbee pro was suntours best stuff. I just bought a crankset and calipers. Yours may just be full of spider eggs and dust bunnies.The cable casing at the rear derailer may need to be removed and the old lube cleaned out to free it up.Chain may need cleaned and lubed,or even a new chai would help.Rear derailer may need some fine tuning.Also check the cable guide at the BB.
re: Any old schoolers out there?Jules
Sep 29, 2001 12:23 PM
Thanks, I just cleaned the bike up this morning. I've been commuting on it for a couple months now and it really needed a good cleaning. I'm really pleased with how well it cleaned up. Looks brand new. Now that it's oiled it is really quiet on the road. I didn't even need any adjustment.
ready to rideTig
Sep 29, 2001 4:20 PM
I'd just keep the bike as it is since you have it running smooth. Don't chang anything other than the seat, pedals, tires, or bar tape (keep the original stuff stored though). It sounds like a classic in the making. If you run into more cable problems, change the cables and maybe the housings with new ones.

Maybe it's just because my old Tommasini was a '91, but I think a high end bike of that time has a special grace about it. I'd love to have a good ol' heavy steel, down tube shifted bike again to play around with. Keep it, don't sell it! You can buy a newer bike later when the $ is available.
Funny you said that...Jules
Sep 29, 2001 6:22 PM
I changed the pedals, seat, tires and bar tape. I bought some Shimano SPD pedals and a pair of very comfortable Shimano shoes which I'm very happy with. The jury is still out on the seat though. Specialized Pro Comp. I rode in to work on it and adjusted it for the ride home-felt better but I'm going to ride it a few more times before I give it the nod.
Yup, riding and commuting on Suntour Superbe Pro (86 vintage)char
Sep 29, 2001 5:28 PM
Jules,

What you have is fine,if you want a new bike that's great but you will still need this one as the backup/winter bike.

You may find a better frame (94 or earlier, 126 mm rear dropout spacing) and transfer the Suntour components to it, then setup the Univega as a fixed gear winter bike. It is getting a little difficult finding Suntour parts, stuff that will wear out are freewheel cogs and chains. Just buy the cheapest SRAM chain (PC-38) and replace frequently because Suntour cogs are very hard to find.

I can't compare to newer stuff, still riding downtube and bar-end shifters, works for me and can still give riders a run for the money (at least on the flats and crosswinds.) Best of all, pre-indexing stuff is SILENT compared to 9-10 speed Click n Clack stuff. ( Run Silent, Run Deep)

Have fun and take that bike off-road.

:Charlie
Old-school, that's me ...Humma Hah
Sep 30, 2001 9:14 AM
Your bike is new-fangled.

I ride a 1971 Schwinn cruiser most of the time, do everything on it from commuting to cyclocross to centuries. That bike has better than 2500 miles on it this year, with another 500 or so on two others.

I'm looking for an old roadbike (70's or earlier), something with a lot of class, not just a beater.

Nothing wrong with old bikes.
Great bike. Great components.scottfree
Oct 1, 2001 7:21 AM
Keep it, ride it, preserve it, DON'T 'upgrade' it (you can't improve it with the 'modern' stuff, it's designed to be what it is and Suntour Superbe Pro is -- well, it's never been topped IMHO.

You don't need to buy a new bike, you HAVE a bike. Butif you have a dumb attack and decide to replace it with a new one, I have dibs on taking it off your hands!
Great bike. Great components.Jules
Oct 1, 2001 12:08 PM
Thanks, if I do upgrade to a new bike in the future I plan on keeping this bike anyway. Also, I still have all the original components (pedals & seat basically).