Hi Jim, This 1986 Univega Gran Turismo was dated from the original Dia-Comp 980 cantilever brakes with date code 10 85 and the Suntour XC Sport front and rear derailleurs which were made in late 1985 for the 1986 model year. The serial number is OA40332 size stamped 62. This bike is my favorite ride and the most versatile bike in my stable. I will soon be mounting my bottle generator, lights and a front low-rider rack and planning where to take it on tour.

Build details:

Size 62 cm ctt manufactured by Miyata with Miyata tubing – fully lugged with Cromoly triple butted frame tubes and Cromoly stays, double eyelets on front and rear dropouts, three water bottle mounts, brazed on wire chain slap protector - Laulee Design

Fork / Headset:
Mangalight sloping crown fork made by Miyata / generic steel 1" headset

Handlebars / Stem:
SAKAE Randonneur handlebar 44cm with black Cinelli gel cork tape / generic alloy stem.

Sansin low flange sealed bearing hubs / ARAYA alloy 36 hole rims / Specialized Turbo/A Sport 27 x 1 1/4 tires (125psi)

Crankset / Bottom Bracket:
Shimano Bio-Pace t riple with touring half step gearing on two largest chain- rings / generic bottom bracket.

Saddle / Seat Post:
Brooks B17 Champion Special with large copper rivets and copper rails / SR Laprade seat post

Pedals / Chain:
VO Pedals with MKS Deep toe clips and VO leather straps / KMC 8 speed chain

Shifters / Derailleurs:
Suntour downtube friction shifters / Suntour XC Sport front derailleur and Shimano (early model) Deore long cage rear derailleur

Brakes / Brake Levers:
Dia-Compe 980 Cantilever brakes with Dia-Compe pads and shoes / Shimano 105 non-aero brake levers with gum hoods

Chainrings / Gearing:
50/44/28 Shimano Bio-Pace chainrings, Shimano Hyperglide MegaRange 11-34 7 speed freewheel

Misc. Components:
VO (velo-orange.com) retro stainless steel water bottle cages, VO Universal brass bell, TOPEAK Explorer rear rack, AVENIR black plastic 45mm fenders, Pletscher ESGE dual arm kick-stand and VDO C3 DS wireless speed/cadence computer.

These pictures where taken at my favorite stopping place on my normal training ride. The overlook is in the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center at Milford Point, Milford CT. www.ctaudubon.org/visit/milford.htm

More pictures can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97652170@N00/sets/72157621793160091/

Best Regards,

Jim Booth




Univega Gran Turismo - side view


Univega Gran Turismo - nondrive side view

Univega Gran Turismo - drivetrain detail


Univega Gran Turismo - Brooks Saddle
Univega Gran Turismo - front end detail
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