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Help with a new Faggin? (Lots of pix)
I picked this Faggin frameset up the other day and have spent a while researching it. There seems to be a paucity of Faggin information available, but I'm hoping that somebody who hasn't weighed in before will see this thread and help figure out the story behind this frame.
I'm interested in knowing when the bike was made, and any other information available, especially what kind of Columbus tubing was used, although I know that's pretty difficult to ascertain. From what I understand, the gold Columbus sticker points to higher end tubing. The seat tube is 61cm cc, and the top tube is 58cm cc, so maybe it's SP due to the larger size?
Some of the pictures are not the best, so here's a little explanation of what they show. Serial numbers are as follows: to the left of the "F" cutout under the BB is WKK710A, and to the right is 61. Fork ends and dropouts say "Brev. Campagnolo." The Columbus sticker is generic and reads "tubi rinforzati garantiti, acciaio speciale, Columbus." The writing above the Columbus decal appears to be the name and address of a previous owner, Leif Jensen, with an address that looks like it might be Scandinavian. "Faggin" is pantographed into both sides of the sloping fork crown in a cursive font, and the two head lugs and seat cluster have a pantographed "F" in them. "FM" is pantographed on each side of the peak of the brake bridge, and "FAGGIN" on the non-drive side of the BB.
I got the frame from a local guy who bought it at an auction to part out. He said it came built up with Suntour Superbe, which fits with other info I've found that says Faggins were imported as framesets only and shops built them up as they saw fit. I paid $175 for it, with a Tange Levin headset and a Shimano BB, both of which need an overhaul. I think that may have been on the high side since the chrome on the stays and forks has black spots left from rust, and there are a few dime-sized chunks of paint missing on the bottom of the down tube, but overall I'm pretty pleased with it and can't wait to build it up and ride it. It's getting Shimano 10spd drivetrain, Dura Ace and Ultegra mix, and will be my first bike with modern high end components.
Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.