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Old 06-30-11, 11:05 PM   #1
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Can You Identify this Bianchi MTB?

Can anyone identify the model and year of this bike? The seller is asking $150, and it has what he describes as a "Bio" gears, which I'm assuming means a Biopace crankset.


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year is likely 86-88 due to rear ubrake

model is: ye olde bent fork (could just be the picture/angle though)
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I just gave one of these away to the local bike co-op in toronto, it was identical

yes the fork is bent for sure,
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year is likely 86-88 due to rear ubrake

model is: ye olde bent fork (could just be the picture/angle though)
I agree. up in the great white north your bikes are a bit different from ours, but I think it certainly a '87/88ish bike.

I would cajole and haggle and try and get the price down to $75 since the fork is bent IF the frame looks OK.

it is a huge MTB but would make a great commuter or tourer with slicks.
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Ocelot?
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Thanks, all. I found the bike of particular interest due to the under-the-chainstays u-brake, lugs, screaming yellow paint job, and the fact that it's a Bianchi. Looking at the pic again I can see why everyone thinks that the fork is bent. I may just have to take a look at it in person and see if I can do some haggling.

Judging by the following pic my guess is that it's an 87-88 Bianchi Grizzly:



The decals look the same, the u-brake is there, and that's definitely a Biopace crankset.

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the decals and Ubrake are not really enough to go on. most of the MTB/ATBs in those days had Ubrakes. in the states there does not seem to be a yellow Grizzly, but then again your bikes are different.
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Does not look to have anything in common with the Grissly to me, looks quite a bit lower end. +1 U brakes were common back then.

Looks like a nutted rear axle on that yellow bike. If original, nutted rear axles showed up on the bottom of the product line. Wheels seem to match, so I am guessing it is original.

Stem is totally different, ditto seat post, etc.

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Hey, that's my Grizzly! I agree w/the other posters that this yellow one is not a Grizzly and is down the line some. I'd also add that, although it is a little hard to tell, the Grizzly, mine anyhow, looks like it has longer point lugs than this yellow on - nicely filed too, imagine that on a MTB.

No way you should cough up $130 for that bike, esp. w/the bent fork. I'd just pass and move on, not like there aren't plenty of cheap used MTB out there.
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