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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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    Quote Originally Posted by frantik View Post
    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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    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '86 Bertoni (sold), '09 Motobecane SS, '98 Hetchins M.O., '09 K2 Mainframe, '89 Trek 2000, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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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.
    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis, '79 Mixte SOLD, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

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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.
    Last edited by wrk101; 07-03-11 at 06:13 AM.

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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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