Prodigal road guy
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Eugene. Oregon
Bikes: '72 Bob Jackson; '82 Austro-Daimler Starleicht; '85 Scapin; '80 Peugeot PKN-10; '81 Trek 610; '87 Hunter Corsa; '72 Italvega and '75 Motobecane Grand Jubillee frames built into freewheel singlespeeds.
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Pictures would help; $360 seems a little steep, even for one of the higher-end Italvegas of the period, unless it's in pretty cherry condition, and that would be for a bike in rideable shape. (Your message makes it sound like this is a frame with a few bits on it, but not rideable.) If you do get it, Mike Swantak (known to hang here under the moniker mswantak) does a great job with repro decals.
To make sure of where it fits in the Italvega lineup, check the dropouts. If they're stamped, it's an entry-level bike for sure, worth nowhere near that price. If they're forged Campy, it's higher end, and my comments above would apply. And while you may know this, Italvega was a brand used by an American importer ... the frames were built by Torpado in Italy, until production shifted to Japan/Taiwan, at which point the brand became Univega.
Last thought: I have one of the cheaper Italvega frames, the Nuovo Sport, and the BB is threaded English ... replaced the BB during a rebuild to a singlespeed with a 1980-ish Shimano BB pulled from a Miyata or some such, and it works just dandy. The frame rides great, too; very nimble, a lot of fun.
Last edited by MajorA; 04-05-07 at 03:42 PM.