Mtbr's 2016 Winter Biking Gear Reviews and Roundups





Univega 2001 Alpina 502 Rigid Bike

4.67/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $449.95

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert Thompson a Cross Country Rider from Leicestershire, England

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2002

Strengths:    In a anodized ruby red the 502 looks stunning, the frame is double butted, strong and well made. Shimano STX transmission never lets anyone down and neither do the Panracer smoke tyres and the Acera hubs. Also the Weinemen alloy rims are sound

Weaknesses:    The concept saddle, stem and dia-compe v brakes are fairly poor. Will need upgrading if your serious about xc biking.

Bottom Line:   
My alpina is the 1997 model which i bought in early 1999 for a bargain. Built like a cold war russian tank, I had a nasty accident on my alpina... crashed into a iron gate head on at 35mph throwing my self 15 meters and getting up turning to see my bike in one-peice, (just a lil dent in the head tube). All though not as light as alluminium the 405 double-butted chromoly frame with ritchey dropouts is worthy of an upgrade.
The stx is just as efficient as higher priced groupsets and wont let you down.

As for the ride its pretty good!.... acceleration is fast and steering is crisp it feels well balanced on flat pack terrain. It just will not lie down this bike and univega make them better each year. A classic!

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Favorite Trail:   dont have one

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Warminster Cycle Centre (mail order)

Similar Products Used:   viper f-40 elite

Bike Setup:   changed the saddle to A selle italia, and upgraded to avid v-brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by stuart bennett a Weekend Warrior from new radnor, powys, wales

Date Reviewed: December 18, 2001

Strengths:    never breaks, just keeps going. greater than the sum of it's parts.

Weaknesses:    heavier than heavy. rear brake (dia compe fell apart in the middle of nowhere)

Bottom Line:   
cheap, cheerful, bounces well when you get it wrong. built like a tank and steers like one.

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Favorite Trail:   radnor forest, hopton, ludlow

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   mail order

Similar Products Used:   specialized m2

Bike Setup:   only changed saddle to flite, bars to ritchey pro, ritchey spd's and lx rear brake

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bill a Cross Country Rider from Boise, Idaho

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2001

Strengths:    Frame strength, component integrity, geometry works well in technical terrain. This bike is as heavy as a tank, but as durable as well, making it an excellent choice to learn the sport on.

Weaknesses:    Its portly stature means it's a little tough getting up hills. The stock 'Concept' seat was garbage. Despite its weight, it likes to pogo the back wheel coming down steep and fast decents if you don't keep your arse hanging off the back.

Bottom Line:   
My bike is actually a 1996 model that I bought new in 1997 and have been riding ever since. I've raced it in two cross-country events, had it to Moab twice, commuted through winter snows on it, and thrash it just about daily in our foothills. I'm always amazed at how much punishment this bike takes in stride, with very little maintenance required to keep it going. It usually gets a tune twice a year, and a new chain once a year. That's it. Once at Moab, I passed a bunch of people out on Slick Rock with $2,000 rigs that had all sorts of mechanicals. After checking with their riders to see if they needed a hand I just kept pedaling by. It really is a tough bike! The steel frame communicates its intentions to me very well (mabye I'm just used to it after all this time) and is very forgiving. This is an excellent bike for someone just getting into the sport, not sure if they're going to like it or not. If they don't, it's a good around-town bike. If they do, it will carry them for a couple of years as their skills develop, and when it's time to upgrade, it will become a good commuter bike. I'm way past the upgrade point, and am looking to go full suspension right quick, but when I do my trusty old steed will be transformed into a commuter. I can't imagine ever parting with it - it's been too good to me, brought me many, many miles of fun, and has never left me stranded. Four flaming chilis for value, five overall since it's so damned trustworthy, and it just works.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $475.00

Purchased At:   Tailwind Bikes

Similar Products Used:   1994 Bridgestone X0-5 (which I should have never sold).

Bike Setup:   Stock drivetrain (the stx just keeps going), added a Koobi seat which works like a charm. Added a '98 RS Jett XC to smooth things out up front, Time ATAC pedals, and WTB Velociraptor 2.1's.

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