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    Bottecchia Questions



    A while back I traded with a friend and got this frame with the intention of repainting it and building up an Italian bike (finally). I don't know much about the frame other than it has columbus dropouts and tubing (if the sticker is original). I'm wondering if this will be a decent rider that is worth putting the time in to do it right or should I just do a quick refresh.

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    I would say that if it's not bent or rusted out, it's worth a repaint and build. I have a 1987 Bottecchia Team which is similar to that one but all original and it's a sweet ride. I'd bet yours is newer than 1987 because it has the internal rear brake cable routing. Mine is Columbus SLX but yours appears to have the decal normally used for Columbus SL. The Campagnolo dropouts indicate it's a high-end frame. Most high-end Bottecchia frames are chromed all over and the paint is over the chrome, which inhibits rust but keeps the paint from sticking very well. The chrome that is painted over is not polished, so simply stripping the paint and leaving it bare isn't a good option. The decals are vinyl over the paint (not clear coated) and good replicas are available on ebay from a seller in Australia for about $45. If you need to remove the head badge for painting, go in from the inside of the headtube and bump the rivets out. Use the same rivets to reinstall it later.

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    Thanks for the pointers on the head badge. All the frames I've painted either didn't have the badge or used a sticker.

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    I think you'll find yours has a genuine brass head badge with painted details. It's worth saving. Later Bottecchias did have a sticker though. Mine is stamped SLX, the serial number, and frame size, on the bottom of the bottom bracket.


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    Last edited by CroMo Mike; 03-10-14 at 02:47 PM.

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    Yeah this one has the head badge, it's just the other frames I've painted either were missing theirs (mizutani) or had stickers or glue on ones (old treks, specialized, and western auto cruiser). This one definitely has a cool head badge.

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    The BB stamp on mine is SL2 1007 54

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