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Old 12-03-13, 08:25 AM   #1
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Appraisal help with this vintage Colnago

Could use some advice from anyone in the know. I dabble in road biking, but spend most of my time on a mtn bike. Someone is offering me this bike as a trade for some expensive, custom furniture - worth about $800. My question is: what is this bike worth? I see it has DuraAce, which is nice, but the condition is questionable and I don't know the model. Wondering if anyone does. I don't think there's any rust or anything...Anyway, any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks! Pics and specs below! Also, any guesstimates as to the size would be super helpful.





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Old 12-03-13, 08:56 AM   #2
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The man knows how to put together an appraisal post, doesn't he?
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Old 12-03-13, 08:58 AM   #3
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I'm not a Colnago "expert", but judging from all the "Colnago" Pantographing on that frame, it's pretty sure that it is a genuine Colnago. (There's just so many fakes going around out there).....Most likely from the first half of the 80's.
There seems to be some component mismatches on the bike, but most of the components seem to be from the correct era. Could be a sign that the bike was built up from a frameset at a bike shop. The rear derailleur must have been an early DA that was replaced by the lower grade Suntour Vx. I do not see any frame tubing decals on it, but most likely Columbus SL. It is in decent shape but could use a good cleaning up and servicing. but as-is, the bike could be worth up to 600 bucks to a Colnago fan. One might get maybe 1K - 1200 bucks in a hot bike market, if the bike is totally cleaned up, touched up and overhauled with new tires, cables, chain, and other worn out expendables and all the component mismatches corrected (full period DA would be a good choice). If it turns out the frame tubeset is Colombus Tre-tubi or Aelle, the value will be quite a bit less at maybe 400 +- bucks, as-is. The frame is quite small though, so it would get a bit more money if it was a more popular size like a 52-58 cm. Full top tier Italian/Campy NR or SR Gruppo on it would also push the value up quite a bit.
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Old 12-03-13, 09:00 AM   #4
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I'd put the value closer to $500. It might be worth more than that to a collector but I'm assuming you are buying it primarily because you want a nice road bike to ride on.
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Old 12-03-13, 09:04 AM   #5
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Hahha. I actually didn't create these images..For some reason she had them, I'm guessing from wherever she got the bike. Ok, thanks a lot for the advice! I think I'll sit out on this phone. If it fit me, I'd be interested, but it's way too small. Thanks folks!
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Looks like a Colnago Super, I have the same scheme on a repainted one I purchased from Sloar. I think if the OP were to spiff it up, he could do quite well, especially if willing to ebay it and ship to Japan, due to frame size. While Dura Ace vs Campy on an ITALIAN frame can be debated until the end of the earth, I think for a trade of $800 worth of furniture, it is more than a favorable trade for you. Patience, some elbow grease, and maybe a parts change here and there, it could be worth $1200+.

It's the real deal with the Colnago name in the seat stay cap.
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Whew...hmmmm ok maybe I'm being a little hasty. As someone buy, builds, and sells a lot of bikes, I recognize anything small as a no-go, but I never even thought about selling to a place like Japan. But that's one heck of an idea. I love working on bikes..So maybe putting some effort into this one would be well worth it. I assume an ebay auction would be the way to go here - not sure of other options to move such a build. Thanks a lot for chiming in.
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I think you would be up-side down on that trade. You have a mish-mash of parts and it's a small size. If the parts were all Dura Ace or NR/SR Campy and the bike in a bigger size you could do ok. Check out the sold listings on ebay and I think you'll find that to be a $500-$600 bike.
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I think you would be up-side down on that trade. You have a mish-mash of parts and it's a small size. If the parts were all Dura Ace or NR/SR Campy and the bike in a bigger size you could do ok. Check out the sold listings on ebay and I think you'll find that to be a $500-$600 bike.
The condition of the frame's finish is the big variable to me.
The Brooks I think is a Pro Select, there is a market for those. Thicker leather, used by The Pro Raleigh Team of the period. Allegedly they requested it.
The components are good but no big dollars chasing them.

I am not so sure there is that active an Asian market, I bought a '72 small Super for less with full Campagnolo on ebay not too long ago.
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The condition of the frame's finish is the big variable to me.
The Brooks I think is a Pro Select, there is a market for those. Thicker leather, used by The Pro Raleigh Team of the period. Allegedly they requested it.
The components are good but no big dollars chasing them.

I am not so sure there is that active an Asian market, I bought a '72 small Super for less with full Campagnolo on ebay not too long ago.
I think timing counts on these bicycles.

When I sold my last 81 Super, two fellows had a bit of a price/bidding war.

It went into four digits and I was a little surprised, as it wasn't nearly as nice as the one I sold to a forum member here.

Yet the money that was exchanged was similar.

Hmmmm, maybe I didn't charge the forum member enough.

Oh well, they are all happy with their Supers.
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Let's see the furniture!
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Colnago + $200 = furniture.


The $200 gets you in the ballpark for replacing the mismatched parts and consumables. You'd still be investing your own labor. And this $200 offset lowers your risk of losing on the transaction.
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As it sits $500-600 max. All the value in that bike is in the frame and fork. The mish mash of components have minimal value.
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