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Old 02-05-10, 11:34 AM   #1
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What was the Bianchi frame hierarchy in 1988?

Does anyone know Bianchi's frame hierarchy in 1988? I still have a 1988 Campione d Italia that I bought new. I'm sure it was middle of the pack, but does anyone have a catalog from that year? I was relatively uninformed at the time I bought it. Just curious as to what the various models from that year offered.
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Old 02-05-10, 12:04 PM   #2
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I've got one of these, all original excepting the brake levers I think. I had a hard time finding the info you're looking for on the net, so this thread is of interest to me too.

As a side not I kinda assumed mine Is from this time period based on the syncro2 shift levers and campy victory (post 88 model) derailleurs. it seems most of the specs I can find on the net suggest these bikes came with suntour switchgear. Does that make mine a later or slightly different model? how does the columbus formula2 tubing stack up?
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My bike has Suntour Cyclonee 7000 rear der-I don't know what year campy stuff was used. I think I read somewhere that Columbus formula 2 is some Bianchi proprietary tubing, but I don't know where it falls in line with the rest of the columbus tubing.
Hopefully someone out there has this info!
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according to the '88 catalog here is the lineup from one below the CDI

Sport SX, Tange DB ChroMoly, Shimano Exage Sport

Campione de italia, Bianchi special formula 2 Tretubi by Columbus, Modolo, suntour, Miche, Ofmega mix

Brava, Tange DB ChroMoly, shimano 105

Trofeo, Bianchi Special Formula 2 Tretubi by Columbus, Modolo, Suntour 9000, Ofmega, Miche mix

Limited, Tange No 1/2 DB Chromoly (I ssume this refers to both 1 and 2 being used for the "superset design") shimano 600

Giro, Bianchi Special Formual 2 Tretubi by Columbus, Campi Victory Synchro

Super Leggera, Columbus SL/SP throughout, Campagnolo Chorus Synchro

Mondiale, Columbus SL/SP Corse Record Synchro, Cobalto brakes.

it appears that the Sport SX and Brava had the same frame as did the CdI, Trefeo, Giro, and the Super leggera and Mondiale.

the stays on the Formula frame are listed as Columbus Alle. on the Tange frames they are taper guager Mangalloy.

I do not know if the SL/SP frames used a mix to acheive the "SuperSet" frame or if the lager frames were made with SP

does this help?
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Bianchigirl:
Thank you-this is just what I was looking for ! I've been searching high and low for this info.
Another question, though: Does tretubi stand for triple butted, or that the formula 2 is only for the 3 main tubes? I've seen it referenced both ways? And where does the formula 2 stand in the columbus line of tubing?
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it appears that the Sport SX and Brava had the same frame as did the CdI, Trefeo, Giro, and the Super leggera and Mondiale.

the stays on the Formula frame are listed as Columbus Alle. on the Tange frames they are taper guager Mangalloy.

I do not know if the SL/SP frames used a mix to acheive the "SuperSet" frame or if the lager frames were made with SP

does this help?
in fact, the sport SX and Brava only share the same frame if they are made in Japan versions. This is one of the years where the frame manufacturing was split between Japan and Italy for economic reasons. The made in Italy versions are columbus formula two tubes for the main triangle and have columbus matched forks. From what I have observed, they are the same frame as the CdI, Trefeo, Giro.

The fork crown lugs on the made in japan versions doesn't exist, and its just a welded fork.
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My campione d'italia is spec'd about what the one bianchi girl posted is, except with campy victory derailleurs and 6 speed syncro 2's. It is a made in italy version, so I guess that accounts for the cheap campy as opposed to suntour, right?
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Bianchigirl:
Thank you-this is just what I was looking for ! I've been searching high and low for this info.
Another question, though: Does tretubi stand for triple butted, or that the formula 2 is only for the 3 main tubes? I've seen it referenced both ways? And where does the formula 2 stand in the columbus line of tubing?
Thanks in advance.
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Tretubi means that only the 3 main tubes use the tubing indicated. Formula 2 was not a standard Columbus tubeset but a Bianchi designed tubeset, manufactured by Columbus. Given the time frame and level of models it was used on, it is most likely a customized version of Columbus Cromor.
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in fact, the sport SX and Brava only share the same frame if they are made in Japan versions. This is one of the years where the frame manufacturing was split between Japan and Italy for economic reasons. The made in Italy versions are columbus formula two tubes for the main triangle and have columbus matched forks. From what I have observed, they are the same frame as the CdI, Trefeo, Giro.

The fork crown lugs on the made in japan versions doesn't exist, and its just a welded fork.
the catalog does not state where the Brava was made but IIRC it was an oriental bike.

I do not understand what you mean about the fork crown lugs on the Japanese versions. while not as fancy as earlier forks, both of my '87 Sport SX frames have a nice semi sloping crown fork with a B stamped in it. a quick look shows the 88 oriental bikes to be the same, except for Volpe and advantage. the orential bikes start sporting Unicrowns in '89
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Tmar-thanks.

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