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Old 01-07-12, 04:43 PM   #1
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Ciocc Designer 84 first ride

Hi All,

Finally got all the parts together and found enough time to finish wrenching on this.

57cm SLX frame with mostly 600 tri-color. Rides like a dream!!! I took avantage of the mid-40's temperatures here in Chicago to go on a test ride. Felt so good that I ended up doing 35 miles, even though I haven ridden since early October.

The fit is just like a pair of comfy shoes. After the initial build, all I had to do was lower the bars and stem about 1 cm and I was good to go.

The ride is very similar to my Chromor Battaglin, with the Ciocc being a bit lighter and stiffer (in a good way). Climbing and corner is a blast! I wasn't sure what to expect with the 97cm wheelbase, but the handling is rock soild. riding with no hands is easy, and there isn't even a hint of twitchyness. As pictured, the bike weighs in at just under 21 lbs. Not bad for a larger lugged steel bike.

Hope the snow keeps holding off so I can get in a few more rides...

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Great looking bike!

I'd love to see some more pics of her. I havn't heard CIOCC mentioned here in awhile now. Being that it's red, it must be quick!

I just took my Basso out for it's second shakedown ride because it hit 60 degrees here in NYC today. Not 35 miles mind you, but like you, I was thoroughly impressed with the ride. Must be an Italian thing!
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Beautiful... that was the model that I couldn't afford when I bought my first racing bike... settled for the San Cristobal.



Mine was twitchy though... very hard to ride no hands, but it dived into corners with just a thought.
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Glad you're enjoying the Basso Giacomo 1 - it looks like a sweet ride.

Cool pic of the San Cristobal too!

Got some more pics...

Still working on the brake setup, so that's what the levers are still up. Need to trim some cables too.

Anyone know what the seatpost is? Refuge from the parts bin. Works well and has infinite tilt.

The last photos show the before and after of the fork chrome using an OA bath to remove the rust.



















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Looks like a great ride.

I love the seat post, but I have no idea what it is. The fork came out very nice. The frame looks very racy, with a nice and tight geometry to. It has great look to it. The Shimano group looks nice and familiar also. I have been thinking about someday converting the 600 group on my Basso for Campy, but the 600 is such a sweet and solid sytem, and deathly quiet to, that I may just leave it alone.

Well, it's not 60 degrees here anymore, so I'm parked again...
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I have been thinking about someday converting the 600 group on my Basso for Campy, but the 600 is such a sweet and solid sytem, and deathly quiet to, that I may just leave it alone.
I choose the 600 group partially out of nostagia (it was on my first "good" bike). Aside from the simple ultilitarian design, it just plain works. I too had forgotten how quiet and smooth 600 is.
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