Hi folks - first time here.
I bought this Bianchi Axis cyclocross bike sometime in the early to mid-1990's. I absolutely love the frame and put a lot miles on it, but it has been in storage for a few years. Now, I'm getting back into cycling and trying to figure out what year it actually is.
The paint is original, likewise the Suntour hubs, Suntour XC Comp front (top pull) and rear derailleurs, cassette (I've changed the cogs). The main tubes are Tange Cr Mo double butted, and the original front fork has a Tange Cr Mo double butted sticker on it.
Most of the other components have been replaced or updated for better quality units that fit me better. I took a wheel building class and built the Mavic wheels myself. The front original Suntour XC Comp mountain bike crankset was changed for a Shimano triple with 52-42-30 rings because I did a lot of road miles in addition to trails. It had the 1st generation Suntour Command shifters, but those are dogs, so back in the 90ís I managed to find a NOS 2nd gen set of Command shifters, which worked better than the Shimano alternative back then. I changed the seat post, the handlebars are wider, V-Brakes, installed a rack on it, etc.
At that time there was a higher quality cyclocross bike available. I'd like to find out what model it was and possibly obtain that original frameset, too.
Itís not life or death, but any help you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks.