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Old 04-01-10, 11:25 PM   #1
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ID - japanese Bianchi Volpe - not Sure Year

I'm looking for more information on this Bianchi Volpe. It's a Lugged Steel Bianchi, made in Japan, that looks like it has 6s accushifters but the 7sp(?) Suntour XC Expert parts on it. Sort of a mish mash of parts..Anyone know what year frame model this is? Thanks! It has the "superset II" double butted tubing as well....I'm thinking that these japanese Bianchi's are quite rare but not sure if thats the case...





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Old 04-02-10, 09:04 AM   #2
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I would look for the date codes on any parts you think are original. That is somewhat difficult on this bike, as it appears many of the components have been changed. Best bet might be the brake levers and calipers. If you are really interested, usually the fork steering tube is dated (of course, you have to pull the fork to find it). It has an early 1990s look to it.

I would not consider a Volpe rare. It was their bottom end touring bike that they have made for years.
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I agree with Bill that it is probably not rare, but let's imagine that it is. There's no added value if it's rare based on it being manufactured in Japan. When it comes to Bianchi, there are two factors that add value above a comparable bike made by another manufacturer. They are: If the color is Celeste and "Made In Italy", in that order. I wish the asian manufacture helped because my early Campione would be worth more, but it's not.
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2 small nits to pick: The graphics on this one sure seem to be earlier than '90s (to my foggy memory), but I hope Bianchigirl jumps in here with her extensive catalog file to confirm the date.
I seem to remember seeing my very first Volpe in the late '80s, maybe around '86 or '87, and that's what this reminds me of.
2nd point, back in the early production this model was designed and marketed as a Hybrid-Cyclocross bike, and back then many people had no idea what CX was so it became a kind of tool to educate novices about what a non-competition CX bike could do. This pic shows the cable routing where you'd want it for CX bike use: up on the TT and away from where you carry the frame on your shoulder and where mud collects.
I bet if you measure the BB height you'd find this to be higher than a typical road bike, and the geometry generally not "touring" like.
I really think they're great bikes, but the market for them is pretty small...so "rare" doesn't equal "valuable" except to the right guy or girl.
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i also thought they're entry level but then i saw these on ebay and they went for a lot more than I would've though...

110507196016 = $720
110510348671 = $711

Any reason why these would go for so much?
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i also thought they're entry level but then i saw these on ebay and they went for a lot more than I would've though...

110507196016 = $720
110510348671 = $711

Any reason why these would go for so much?
First, its the same bike, that sold twice.

Second, often ebay makes no sense. I have given up trying to understand ebay.

Third, it is a lot different than your Volpe. It has a lot better components, better build parts, and so on.

But it still went high. That's the same ebay where I bought a pristine, all original, spotless Trek 620 for $113..


+1 Your bike really looks more like a hybrid than a touring bike. May well be late 1980s. A real touring bike would have double braze ons on the rear (one for fenders, one for a rack), braze ons for a front rack, etc.

For someone looking for a deal on a modern touring bike, you can get a Novarra Randonne for $799 (with member coupon), and then get 10% back as a member dividend, putting it at the price of the 13 year old Volpe just sold on ebay. And the REI bike comes with a lifetime, unlimited warranty.

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Old 04-02-10, 01:07 PM   #7
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the auctions above are for two different bikes from the same seller. One is purple with RSX/Ultegra 8s/Araya, the other is Green with RSX/105 8s/MA2. Yes..to me it seems like this is more of a cyclocross/hybrid too...

Anyone know when they stopped with the lugged frames and went with the TIG welded variety?
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Hello Regis how is Kelli? beautifule '90 Volpe looks like a big one too. unworthy1 got most of it just right! the Volpe first came out in '86 (see Sizzling Peach below) it was basically designed as a cross/touring/randonneurer/comuter and Bianchi started calling it the original Hybrid several years later.

aside from the barcons this one looks and sounds pretty stock. it came with Commamd shifters, those weird looking butterfly looking thingsm but otherwise the XCE was stock.

as far as this being "entry level" that like most discriptive terms it means lost of thinge to many people. since the Volpe was the bottom of the line for the 'cross bikes from Bianchi it could be considered entry level. however the "level" this entered on was about 575$.

rare is another broad term. certainly since these 'quirky' bikes filled and niche market there were not as many produced as say a Alfana or Virata (aka limited) or Advantage. so it is less common to start with. since it is so versitle I would guess most owners simply hold on to them longer as well.

as for a '90 Volpe getting 711 on ebay wow! that is alot and the seller duped the bidders/buyer into thinking it was something it is not.

I hope you enjoy it they are great bikes.
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Thanks for the info...The frame is too big for me so I was looking into selling this bike. I checked out prices on Ebay and got the 2 listings i mentioned...I was trying to figure out what it was about those bikes that made them as desired as the price indicated....
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This is very interesting stuff. I've been trying to ID my volpe for the past year since I got it as a frame only. I have no idea the year but is probably from the 90's. It has an odd blueish purple/sea green paint scheme and shares some features with this red volpe. All 3 cable stops run up top, no stops for downtube (guessing it had barcon shifters too) and also has stops for a top pull front D. I have different graphics and no pump peg.I built it from spare parts and have been using it as a commuter for the past year. If anyone can help ID I'd be most appreciative.
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Hello Hencio welcome to the forums. nice looking Volpe, judging from the color and decals it looks like a '92/93 both were the same color. they had suntour components and yes barcons.

since these were somewhat cyclocross bikes the cables are routed along the top of the TT to make it easier to pick up and port the bike.
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Thanks Bianchigirll. I have always thought early 90's as well, but I've seen photos of 92 and 93 models and they don't have the triple stops on the top tube and have a bottom pull front d. I've also never seen one without the logo on the seat tube like mine. What I do know is that mine was made in Taiwan. Do you know if they produced the volpe in multiple versions/countries?
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