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Originally Posted by KarcherK
. I assume these are the wing shaped fillets you speak of? Also the columbus decal does not say slx. If you have any ideas on what other model it could be that would be great.
Your shot of the bottom bracket shell from above doesn't show whether there is a bridge between the chain stays immediately aft of the bottom bracket. If there is one there, it is definitely not a Montello.
I don't see any fillets ("wings") bracing the joint between seat tube and BB shell in your photo. I just see blurry lugs. The little "bird-with-wings-spread" cutouts in the lugs at the chain stays (and elsewhere) are a builder's mark common to all Pinarellos of the era. Sorry for creating confusion when I called the bracing fillets "wings." If you run your index finger around the outside of the bottom bracket shell, you will feel and see a definite "step" up onto the fillet, which flares up onto the bottom of the seat tube. The fillet will be embossed with the GPT logo of the same design as you see pantographed into the chromed seat-stay caps. That, and the absence of the chain stay bridge, is the mark of Montello.
Edit: Sorry doubly: in re-reading my first reply to you, I said the Montello fillets were found between the BB and the top tube. Of course that was a brain cramp: I meant to say "between BB and the seat
For the Columbus sticker not to say "SLX" would also be very un-Montello-like. (What does
it say?) That was its claim to fame, to make it stiffer in the larger sizes especially. (I have one in 52 cm and it's really stiff, almost too harsh to ride more than 80 km or so on our chipseal.)
But that's still a very nice bike. I'm having a hard time relating that multi-coloured paint job to the chromed fork and four stays. They don't match up chronologically in my mind. Is it possible that it was repainted, with new decals? -- that could explain why they're not peeling off.
Bottom line: If it's Columbus SL tubing and the builder took the trouble to chome that much of it, I think you can be assured you have a fine frame. It's not an el-cheapo entry-level bike by any means. It would be a frame of Record quality even though it doesn't match any of the photos on the Bulgier site. The Super Record groupset is very nice -- it wouldn't be spec'ed on a cheapie.
Best I can do. Good luck.
Last edited by conspiratemus; 06-24-09 at 06:39 PM.