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    NOS Giordana Superleggero (XL-Super) frame scored!

    I've been lusting after these after "discovering" the brand while researching a 1989 Giordana Antares I wound up buying this fall. This in a mid 90s (I think) Superleggero built with Excell Podium steel.

    It all began with an email to Gita bikes who distributed these back in the day. I emailed to see if by chance they did have any NOS frames around but I honestly figured the answer would be no. But, I got a reply back within a day saying they had several frames still around. Unfortunately there are no painted forks but they did have a chromed Excell tubed fork with the proper rake and all still available too. They couldn't sell directly to me but hooked me up with a bike shop about an hour from me that was a dealer. One week later and the frame and fork was in.

    Picked it up this morning and wow, what a beauty. I've definitely have to build this up with something worthy of such a sweet looking frame.

    On my cheap digital scale the frame weighed in at 3 lbs 10 ozs and the the fork at 1 lb 9 oz. The internal cable routing was a very nice surprise and they sent the adjustment screws for the rear dropouts and a campy cable guide for the bottom of the bottom bracket.

    Now for the pics:





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    Isn't this the second NOS one to pop up just recently? That's pretty darn nice and the fact that they still had NOS frames just chilling out that's the even cooler part. Whats your build plans?

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    More pics:









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    Steel is real...and comfy.

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    Then there's a size stamp on the bottom and this one has a serial number unlike my other Giordana.



    And the fork:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry III View Post
    Isn't this the second NOS one to pop up just recently? That's pretty darn nice and the fact that they still had NOS frames just chilling out that's the even cooler part. Whats your build plans?
    There might be or it might be my post about a mint one built up I picked up this fall.

    I'm thinking Campy for sure, not to concerned about 10 or 11 speed but I think it needs to be silver with no carbon fiber to look right. I'm really just not sure. I know nothing about Campy but it just seems like the right thing to do. And I need to decide if I'm going to use the chrome fork or source an Italian CF fork. I want it looking good but more importantly I want it riding good. I ride all my bikes although this one is going to be tough to take out because it looks so nice right now.
    Steel is real...and comfy.

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    Wow - congrats. It never hurts to ask... Tough to go wrong with Campy. Enjoy the build, it'll be almost as much fun watching from the sidelines.

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    There is still a site selling some NOS framesets, from about $750 to $1150. The selection is limited, pretty sure nothing like the one here, but all are Excell tubing. I think that site has no more chrome forks. Really pretty bikes. I had a 60cm CL find, parted out to afilado.

    http://www.bikyle.com/GiordanaFrm.asp









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    There is something alluring to NOS, eh?
    Yours is gorgeous.
    Congrats to you for taking the initiative to ask an importer of quality frames.
    Maybe a Pego Googlie Mooglie, size 59 or 60. Hmmmmmn


    I fell to the siren's call, overpaid a bit for a NOS Pinarello pig w/ lipstick, but without regret.
    'New bike' look is fun.
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    I just wish there were still painted forks available. I guess it'll work out OK with the chrome fork.

    I guess my extra Shimano wheelsets won't work either so I'll have to add wheels to the build too. I'd be so much cheaper for me to go Shimano with the parts I have laying around but that just seems so wrong, LOL!
    Steel is real...and comfy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
    There is still a site selling some NOS framesets, from about $750 to $1150. The selection is limited, pretty sure nothing like the one here, but all are Excell tubing. I think that site has no more chrome forks. Really pretty bikes. I had a 60cm CL find, parted out to afilado.

    http://www.bikyle.com/GiordanaFrm.asp




    This is like mine and what I was expecting to get. But the one easy to spot difference is the painted on " Giordana By Excell Podium" on the seat tube. I haven't seen that on any of the other few pictures I find online with these bikes. Don't know if it has any significance or not.

    Steel is real...and comfy.

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    wow brand new,,, niiiice, I picked u a used Casati Ellise that was purchased by the previous owner as new old stock. I just road it a bit before winter , love the look on these Italian bikes, and ride

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    Strange, must be a really old fork. It's 96mm vs 100mm and one drop out looks a tad off. I'll see if my local shop can spread and align it for me. My Peugeot is the same but I can easily just spread that by hand to fit a 100mm wheel. This fork is much, much stiffer. Since I descend into the 50mph range on my Mt rides I want the fork spot on so I don't want to just tweak on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
    Since I descend into the 50mph range on my Mt rides I want the fork spot on so I don't want to just tweak on it.
    I wouldn't need a fork for that, more like a Valium. Anything above 35mph and things pucker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
    I wouldn't need a fork for that, more like a Valium. Anything above 35mph and things pucker.
    Just trying to make up for how long it takes me to get up, LOL!! High 40s is easy but for me to get into the 50s takes perfect conditions, elbows and knees tucked in, toes pointed level and a maybe unortodox butt off the saddle with my lower ab on the saddle. I can't believe the pros that ride the top tube with hands in towards the center of the bars, now way I could do that! Oh, and never, ever think about a front tire blowing.
    Steel is real...and comfy.

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    Nice score!

    I have a Giordana XL-Eco, the model immediately below this one. Thankfully, mine still has the original Podium fork. This bike is quite light and gives a fantastic ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim_Iowa View Post
    Nice score!

    I have a Giordana XL-Eco, the model immediately below this one. Thankfully, mine still has the original Podium fork. This bike is quite light and gives a fantastic ride.
    Sweet, they have some of those still too according the the guy I talked to. The chromed fork they sent me is supposed to be Excell tubing too according to the Gita rep and from the label it looks to be marked for the Eco model.

    Glad to hear the ride comments because that's what it's all about for me. I went on the hunt this year for true comfort and looked at all sorts of bikes. Nothing was beating the Lemond but then the few short rides I got on a Giordana Antares I found locally seemed really, really nice. So I went hunting for a frame to build up to my wishes.

    This is the Giordana stable mate for the Superleggero, ready for the spring although I do need to get the decals ordered and back on it.

    Steel is real...and comfy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim_Iowa View Post
    Nice score!

    I have a Giordana XL-Eco, the model immediately below this one. Thankfully, mine still has the original Podium fork. This bike is quite light and gives a fantastic ride.
    Bring that to the Dare, and uh, don't lock it up......

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
    Bring that to the Dare, and uh, don't lock it up......
    I should come to the Dare; it looks like a fun event and it's not too far from me in Cedar Rapids. I grew up in Dubuque, so I spent plenty of time in SW WI.

    But, if I do come to the Dare, I'll be riding my Rivendell. I converted it to 650b so it can fit a wider (38 mm) tire. Since I'm #225 , I vastly prefer the Riv's plush ride to the ride of the skinny 700 x 26 tires on my Giordana.

    I did have my Giordana for sale at the Madison bike swap, but had no nibbles. There was a surplus of nice road bikes there, for sure.

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    Local shop squared away the fork in a matter a minutes. Those guys are great. Bought a pair of Conti Grand Prix Classic tires for the other Giordana while I was there.

    I wanted to also share what the Gita rep told me as I was working with him to get the frame. May be of interests if someone finds this thread while researching these bikes.

    "The Giordana frames were quite nice and, especially the ones built were Excel tubing, were pretty unique and cutting edge for the time. The geometry was dialed in by the owner of Gita with assistance from Dario Pegoretti, who built most of the prototype frames. The head engineer at Excel, Isadoro, was a bit of a “mad scientist” who came up with some wild ideas to try for tubing. Someplace here we have a superlight steel tubeset with a carbon fiber wrap on the inside so it could be welded! Excel had the capability to make one-off tubesets long before anyone else did and were able to do a lot of experimentation. Unfortunately, Isadoro disappeared during a sailing expedition and most of this capability was lost. This was also around the time aluminum frames were becoming commonplace in the peloton and steel was on its way out. There were some truly revolutionary prototypes built about this time that never saw production. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it."
    Steel is real...and comfy.

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    In Joe Parkin's 2nd book, "Come and Gone" there is a picture of him sitting on an XL Super. His comment about the picture is something like, "I hated that haircut, but I honestly loved that bike!"

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    Oh, didn't even think to look for it. Here it is!parkincag-bike.jpg

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    Interesting, as BiKyle is the site for the NOS frames.

    Quote Originally Posted by AngryFrankie View Post
    Oh, didn't even think to look for it. Here it is!

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    Great story and resourceful way to score. Congrats on your ride.

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    Dealer in Tampa supposedly has a Pegoretti built Giordana.

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