I met a nice fellow who had a few nice things that I lusted after. I have a few questions regarding each so maybe an expert or interested part can help me out. I present Exhibit A, B, and C.
Exhibit A: Concorde "Giro" frame
I was smitten by the Italian frame (built for a Dutch company) especially its near perfect chrome. Apparently, the bike was never built up and looks to be that way (no bite marks on the dropout, headtube is not "stretched" from a headset). For a nice frame like this, I wasn't expecting Columbus Brain (wasn't it lower than Genius?). Needs a 26.8 seatpost I believe. Not sure about the BB threading. Kicker is the fork is not original (heavy Hi-10 it feels). Fits me but I don't know when I'll ever start this project. Anyone familiar with the Giro and where it was on the lineup? Possibly year?
I don't think you can consider this Concorde a "fail", even tho Brain was not the top of the Columbus range back then, it's perfectly good tubing. Genius was heat-treated so cost a little more. Brain also came as an OS (oversized) set. Given the decal has a gold background, this was not a "bargain" Columbus tube (like Aelle, Cromor, Thron or Gara) which have a silver background.
Date is somewhere in the early '90s, all I can say for sure is it doesn't appear in the '93 catalog, but looks similar to several models (and clearly is Italian made). Get a good fork for it and I'm sure you'll be happy with the RIDE.