This is a 1985 Univega Maxima Sport in Metallic Black with Silver Lettering. It is a 19.5″ / 50 cm / Medium (center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube) lugged Mangalight steel frame with Hi-Tensile stays and a Mangalight steel fork. The stand over height is 23.5″ directly in front of the saddle.

There are 10 speeds available through the Sakae Custom two ring crankset and the Shimano 5 gear freewheel.

The rear derailleur is a Shimano and the front is also a Shimano. Shifting is through Stem mounted friction Shifters.

Both wheels are Ukai alloy rims drilled for a Schrader valves laced to a Sunshine alloy hubs. The front wheel has a quick release. Both wheels have brand new 27″ x 1 1/4″ gum wall tires.

Braking is handled by front and rear Shimano side pull caliper Brakes. The brake levers are Shimano alloy levers with safety extensions so you can ride with your hands on the top of the handlebars and still reach the brake levers.

The original black vinyl saddle is mounted to an alloy seat post that moves freely in the seat tube. There is a worn through spot on the right rear corner.

Alloy handlebars with black foam are mounted to an alloy SR stem. The stem is NOT frozen in the steerer tube.

There is a black alloy bottle cage mounted to the downtube.

The bicycle rides, turns, stops and shifts through all of the gears and rings as it should.

The silver lettering and alloy components compliment the metallic black frame very well. The bicycle doesn’t appear to have been ridden much as there is no evidence of chain slap on the chain stay or rock chips on the bottom of the down tube. It does have paint chips to the bottom side of the left fork and corrosion on some of the Shimano chrome. I removed the original Univega branded gum wall tires which still held air, so I believe that the wear that this bicycle has is from storage. Claimed weight of 27 lbs.

For less than the price of a generic Bike Shaped Object that anyone might buy online or from a store that sells bicycles in the Toy Department, you could be riding this vintage bicycle with quality components. The fact that it is still rolling down the road is a testament to how well it was built.

It’s important to point out that this is not just a used bicycle, but a vintage bicycle. While it has been test ridden a little over two miles (up and down a long hill, over two sets of railroad tracks and through a neighborhood) to ensure that it actually does turn, brake and shift correctly, it is a 38 year old bicycle with mechanical components which will work well today and could possibly fail tomorrow or may work just as designed for another 50 years. It has not been restored to factory new condition and the price reflects this.

Also, think of the type of riding you are likely to be doing and the bicycle that you are considering. If you normally ride a mountain bike and are looking at a 40 year old road bike because it’s your favorite color, one of your considerations should probably not be wondering about how awesome a 40 year old Peugeot made of Vitus 980 Super Light Tubing and rolling on 23c road tires will look on Instagram covered in mud or jumping a curb: it will look broken.

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