Univega 2001 Alpina 700 Hardtail Bike

4/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $700.00


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jake a Cross Country Rider from Pittsburgh, PA

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2006

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

Weaknesses:    Chinsey odds and ends parts

Bottom Line:   
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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Favorite Trail:   Dry and Fast

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   98 Schwinn Moab 3 AL

Bike Setup:   Stock (LX/Deore)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Craig a Weekend Warrior from St. Louis, MO

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2002

Strengths:    Great components, crank, wheelset, disc brakes, PRICE

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

Bottom Line:   
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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Favorite Trail:   Chubb Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $355.00

Purchased At:   Wheel Works

Similar Products Used:   GT Tempest

Bike Setup:   stock, upgrading to a Bomber in the future

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by The Yak a Weekend Warrior from Jax, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2002

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

Weaknesses:    Weight - a tad heavy for a serious racer.

Bottom Line:   
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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Favorite Trail:   Florida Parks - no Fav

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $365.00

Purchased At:   Wheel Works, Oregon

Similar Products Used:   Too many to list.

Bike Setup:   Stock - see other reviews.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan a Cross Country Rider from bethesda, MD

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2002

Strengths:    Good stock components

Weaknesses:    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.

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

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $430.00

Purchased At:   Hudson Trail Outfitters

Bike Setup:   Stock except for bar extenders

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SWIRVEN KIRVEN a Cross Country Rider from ALLEN, TX

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2001

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

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

Bottom Line:   
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!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $557.00

Purchased At:   CYCLE SPECTRUM

Bike Setup:   Totally stock so far.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Phil Kendrick a Cross Country Rider from Gaithersburg, MD

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2001

Strengths:    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


Weaknesses:    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.


Bottom Line:   
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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Favorite Trail:   Schaffers

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $499.00

Purchased At:   Hudson Trail Outfitters

Similar Products Used:   some specialized and what have you

Bike Setup:   stock (got it yesterday)

Bontrager Jones race rubber
Ritchey Comp V.2 pedals (worth the extra 4 grams, the cleat weight nearly makes up for it and they exit and enter easier than the welgo's)
RaceFace headset cap (Threadless and Fearless)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kyle a Cross Country Rider from Dallas, TX

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2001

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

Weaknesses:    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.

Bottom Line:   
Certainly cannot go wrong with this bike for the $$

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Bike Setup:   Stock except for grips, pedals, tubes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nate whitmarsh a Cross Country Rider from Seattle,WA

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2001

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

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

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Tiger Mountain / St. Edwards

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $595.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Center

Bike Setup:   Stock, cept for the Shimano 545 clipless i put on

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