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Old 07-31-10, 12:53 AM   #1
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Tell me about the lugged steel Bianchi Giro, 1998 version...

I am looking at a '97-'98 Giro. It has lugged Columbus Cromo Thron tubes. Is it a Reparto Corse? How good of a tubeset is the Cromo Thron? Where does the Giro fall in the heirarchy? Thanks. (Help me Bianchigirl!)
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Hello I'll have to dig out my my catalogs and check that one out. IIRC Thron was nice tubing. the Giro was normally near the top of the line in the late '80 and early '90s but I will check where it falls for '98.

Reparto Corse bikes/frames seldom had model names. most were simply refered to as the material of the frame, one of the few I recall having a name was the Proto with Columbus MAX but since most were sold as frame only with no name decal it was refered to MAX.

now this is likely to start an argument but, sometime in the late '90s and for a period of years afterward some beancounter decided to put the RC label on almost every Bianchi. somehow he thougth it would make the bikes more prestigeous but actually deluted the Value of the real RC bikes. it would be something like calling all Hondas, Acuras. slightly good for the hondas but whay pay for a 'real' Acura?
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Anything 1993 or newer, go to bikepedia and you will find all of the specs.
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is this Bianchi in the states or Europe? I don't see a '97 Giro in Bikepedia for that era. nor did I see one in my catalogs. I am having a hard time recalling if Bianchi USA used Thron tubing at all.
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is this Bianchi in the states or Europe? I don't see a '97 Giro in Bikepedia for that era. nor did I see one in my catalogs. I am having a hard time recalling if Bianchi USA used Thron tubing at all.

Thanks BG for the reply! It may not be a '97 or '98. The original owner said he bought it in '98 but he said it might be a year or two older (or 3 or 4- the guy is very old, just turned 70 and you know how memory goes ) Anyhow, he is supposed to send me pics and I will let you know when I get them.

@wrk101- Thanks for the tip on bikepedia! I've been trying to find information on older Bianchis and other classic Italian makers.
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Thanks to wrk101's tip on Bikepedia, I found out that the bike is most likely a '94 Giro. It was the only year that showed a lugged Giro with Campy Stratus parts and Thron tubing. Is Stratus a decent group? I've never heard of it. Where is it in the Campy line-up? Thanks.
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