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Old 03-29-09, 03:46 AM   #1
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ITALVEGA gran rally

Hi all,

I saw a thread from a few years back relating to the ITALVEGA road bikes. and I am now trying to get some additional information about the one I recently picked up in Canberra Australia, serial number 6081, made in Italy and imported from California. It had about 20 years of road grime on it which I cleaned off to reveal beautiful components: Suntour VGT-lux derailier, campagnolo shifters, 3ttt head stem and bars (have the olympic logo on one side), Araya rims (brass nipples?) and Avocet leather saddle. I am really happy with it rides like a dream.

If anyone has some information about the bikes I would appreciate it. I may give it a go and ride it in replace of my single speed (specialized centrum sport) commuter.

I look forward to hearing form anyone with one.
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Old 03-29-09, 09:03 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum Dodge,
Pictures please!! Photos, photos!!

This will get you started. You have one of the special one's:

http://www.allbusiness.com/retail-tr...4135027-1.html

The Unofficial Univega Appreciation Thread!

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Old 03-29-09, 05:03 PM   #3
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ITALVEGA gran rally piccies

OK Boys and Girls ... Here she is! As you can see unrestored and a little rough ... but in my eyes still a gem!
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I think that's their low-midline bike. I'm not sure when it was called a "Gran Rally", but it's bascially the same thing as the Nuovo Sport model. Although yours is earlier, the later bikes had braze-on's for the brake cables.

Your's looks to have some component upgrades as well, at least as far as the crank goes.

If you post your question on the CR list, there's a couple of "Mark's" who really know a lot about Italvega's.

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Old 03-29-09, 06:57 PM   #5
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Yep, the triangle Columbus sticker was used on the lower end models.
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Thanks so far everyone.

I got this email from Mark regarding the bike:

Early Italvegas had four-digit serial numbers stamped underneath the bottom
bracket shell, and these numbers are thought to be unit numbers, either for
the entire line, or of specific models ... that is yet to be determined. So
the bike is believed to be the 6081st made. The largest of these numbers I've
seen is in the 8000s. I believe that sometime in 1972, serial numbers
changed to six-digit codes, flanked by five-point star shapes. The stars, as
stamped along with the numbers at the Torpado factory in Padova, Italy that made
them, probably simply represent Italvega, which means "Star of Italy" or
perhaps "Italian Star".

I believe then, that your bike was built sometime around the latter half of
1971, and as someone mentioned in response to your inquiry at Bike Forums,
many of the components are not original. You can view some other Italvega
models and parts specs, but the Gran Rally was no longer offered by the time of
this scanned c.1976 Italvega catalog at Mark Bulgier's website:

<http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/ItalVega-76/>

I have photos and descriptions of several Gran Rally examples, and can
probably pull a pretty good parts list from them, if needed. For example, many
G.R.'s came appropriately equipped with Campagnolo Rally rear derailleurs, but
not all of them. Thanks for the data points and pics for my files!

Ciao,
Mark Agree
Southfield MI USA
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New Italvega Gran Rally questions.

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I got this email from Mark regarding the bike:

Early Italvegas had four-digit serial numbers stamped underneath the bottom
bracket shell, and these numbers are thought to be unit numbers, either for
the entire line, or of specific models ... that is yet to be determined. So
the bike is believed to be the 6081st made. The largest of these numbers I've
seen is in the 8000s. I believe that sometime in 1972, serial numbers
changed to six-digit codes, flanked by five-point star shapes. The stars, as
stamped along with the numbers at the Torpado factory in Padova, Italy that made
them, probably simply represent Italvega, which means "Star of Italy" or
perhaps "Italian Star".

I believe then, that your bike was built sometime around the latter half of
1971, and as someone mentioned in response to your inquiry at Bike Forums,
many of the components are not original. You can view some other Italvega
models and parts specs, but the Gran Rally was no longer offered by the time of
this scanned c.1976 Italvega catalog at Mark Bulgier's website:

<http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/ItalVega-76/>

I have photos and descriptions of several Gran Rally examples, and can
probably pull a pretty good parts list from them, if needed. For example, many
G.R.'s came appropriately equipped with Campagnolo Rally rear derailleurs, but
not all of them. Thanks for the data points and pics for my files!

Ciao,
Mark Agree
Southfield MI USA
I've attached a recent photo of my own Italvega Gran Rally. I know it's Campy Super Record crankset is not original. I added the Rally derail., but the remainder is the way it was when I bought it in about 2001. It's wheels are probably not original (Atom small-flange QR hubs & Weinmann Concave rims). I don't know what the original component package was, so I am looking for help to determine what I need to change to make it more like it was when new. However, since it has a Super Record crankset, I am also thinking of upgrading to Record small-flange hubs. The seat post is SR, and the seat is Avocet Touring II or III. Handlebar & stem are Cinelli. Please help if you can. I would like to know what the original components were.
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Yep, the triangle Columbus sticker was used on the lower end models.
Decal is for 3 main tubes only.
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I had two ItalVegas back in the 70s. I seem to recall only the three main tubes were Columbus on my first one. I believe it also had center pull brakes of some sort. That was long ago, so don't quote me on that. I'm pretty sure my second was full Columbus. It also had full Campy NR componentry which it contributed to a Masi GC.

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