Classic & Vintage - '80s bianchi premio purchase advice
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11-17-10, 06:27 PM
I'm interested in this bike but I can't seem to find anything on it. And some of the small threads seem to only have negative things to say. Maybe $380 is too steep? Any advice?
11-17-10, 10:52 PM
Tough call, seems a bit pricey, your area may command a premium. Its a decent bike, nice grouppo 105s.Depends how bad u want it, and are willing to pay.Take for atest ride see if it fits, the ride will answer some questions. Im not sure if its made in italy.Bottom line its a good bike but your not stealing it.The sum of the parts on it and a decent frame and area seems to be dictating the asking price. Just my opinion, I own one a little older than this one, I really like it. Good Luck
11-17-10, 11:13 PM
SoCal is probably one of the priciest places to buy a bike in the country. There's no way this bike is worth that much. 300 maybe depending on the tubing and the condition. I'd say, move on.
11-18-10, 04:40 AM
I have owned a couple of Premio road bikes from the eighties. None were particularly impressive, however; they seemed to be well made and offered decent ride quality.
The price does seem a bit high to me but not out of line. The last full 105 Premio I purchased cost me $40.00 and I sold it on Ebay for $320.00 US plus $100+ for shipping. The bicycle was of Italian origin and in excellent condition.
Bicycle value is up to the buyer. Today, the Premio might fetch $380.00. Next Spring, it will for sure.
Just an opinion.
This bicycle looks more mid-1990s than mid-1980s. The comment "all shimano 105 parts besides the brakes and the brake lever" is confusing. To my knowledge all the 1990s Premio (through to 1997) were equipped with either Shimano 300EX or SunTour Blaze. So what's 105? Is it everything or everything except the brakes and levers or just the brakes and levers? Regardless, $380 seems to a lot for a bicycle that was Bianchi's lowest road model and retailed for about $500 in the mid-1990s, even if it is SoCa. The price would obviously increase a bit depending on which are 105 components, but that's a big question mark.
I live in the OP's market and even though we don't really have winter here the prices are reflecting the season.
The bike in the ad looks to be well taken care of and probably is a good ride but it would need to be Celeste and have Campagnolo bits to fetch that price.
That bike might bring about $350 in the summer but not right row, IMHO. Unless it fits you perfectly and the price comes down... +1 to keep looking.
11-18-10, 09:31 AM
Theres a nice Raleigh USA with shimano 105s in OC for 220. So your looking at a large price difference. Wait something cheaper will show up
11-18-10, 09:48 AM
I can't speak for the peice but I agree with T-Mar. the bike is certainly a mid '90s and somewhat better then the late '80s examples. the all 105 except comment is confusing too. if it is close go check it out. it might be worth a bit of haggling.
BTW a third looks at the pics makes me think the brake calipers may be mismatched, but it could be the pic too
11-18-10, 09:49 AM
bianchi road bike size 53 cm - $380 (oc)
Date: 2010-11-15, 8:13PM PST
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hi im selling a bianchi premio road bike believe from the mid 80s made in italy..the bike is in great condition with all shimano 105 parts besides the brakes and the brake lever. orgin 8 pedals with orgin 8 double toe straps. the bike has new bontrager tires and saddle and new tubes..the bike runs super smooth and very fast..it does not come wth the computer shown in the picture but will sale with the bike for 40 dollars extra.price to sale is 380 please no low ballers!!! if interested please call me at 714 6549764 my name is steve
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