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    SOMEC over the rainbow - what year/which group?

    My wish for a truly nice, high end Italian beauty came true! As told in another thread, I helped mrs. Non-Fixie help out cleaning her husband's garage by relieving him of this beautiful frame.

    It's a SOMEC elite SX, probably from somewhere in the early 90's, the twilight days of steel in the peloton. NF told me this bike was equiped with dura ace, and raced hard during its life. The paint does show some of this, with several minor nicks and scratches.

    Now before going to the pics I'd like to ask you all which group should I try to find to put on it. I'm torn between going for a nice period correct Campagnolo group, but I'm thinking a modern ergopower group would be gorgeous too, with some seriously light wheels... I might even step out of my comfort zone and get Shimano for it (which has the added bonus for a lazy guy like that I don't have to take off the Shimano decals if I decide to run the big S.)







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    I vote go modern!

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    Wow, this looks like a fun one. I would do modern if it was truly a late modern steel bike, spacing should be ready to go. Chrome not black, and I think Campagnolo would be a good choice.

    I would also try to get someone to recreate those Somec Decals, they look awesome.
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    Stunning! I went with SRAM Force for my modern-on-steel but if I'd had all that lovely chrome I'd be tempted to set it off with all silver, perhaps silver Campag Athena if going completely modern. (Or a slightly older Chorus?) Then silver seat post, bar/stem to match. Possibly even silver rims, otherwise anodised rims with silver hubs/spokes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOWSER View Post
    I vote go modern!
    For sure.

    Athena 11 speed and enjoy yourself.

    Or look for a nice used 10 speed Chorus groupset.

    That's what I usually do and they can be had for peanuts.

    BTW Very nice frameset. I like Somecs.

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    Great thread title!
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    Beauty! Go with the modernish gruppo of your choice. They'd all work with gorgeous frame....
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    Another vote for modern - this particular Somec looks like a 90s model, so yeah, go with the new stuff. That's a beauty, and the dark blue should be fairly easy to touch up. You can even find those decals if you wish - on Ebay.

    I'm a big Somec fan myself. My frameset has been languishing for quite a number of years, needing only some touch-up and a build. Someday, and maybe soon...

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    Thanks for the compliments guys!

    Fun to see how the consensus seems to be modern, y'all be spending way too much time on the retro roadies with Ergo/STI-thread. So do I, so I do like the idea of running a modern group.

    So... Campy, Shimano or even SRAM? @PhilPub wonderful Ron Cooper looks great with it...
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    Great looking frame Ital.

    My vote goes to a silver modern Campagnologroup.
    Athena is brilliant of course but a good 10 speed Veloce is looking just as nice and the one I have on my modren Rih is working flawlessly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Italuminium View Post
    Thanks for the compliments guys!

    Fun to see how the consensus seems to be modern, y'all be spending way too much time on the retro roadies with Ergo/STI-thread. So do I, so I do like the idea of running a modern group.

    So... Campy, Shimano or even SRAM? @PhilPub wonderful Ron Cooper looks great with it...
    On that particular frame, I think Campy is a great fit.

    However, I am itching to try Ultegra 6800 as well.

    There is a Bianchi Intenso that went through a friend's shop the other day and it looked fantastic on that bicycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Italuminium View Post

    So... Campy, Shimano or even SRAM? @PhilPub wonderful Ron Cooper looks great with it...
    Thanks! Just to show I'm not biased, here's one reason I think some nice silver cranks would set off the chrome bits nicely. Not mine, just a favourite from another forum I frequent:


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    Those Somecs are pretty. You want rainbow? Thy this one (which isn't mine):
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    ...yet another vote for Athena 11 or Chorus.

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    Modern Campy in silver.
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    You guys don't leave me with much choice do you! Thanks for posting the other SOMEC pics, real nice.
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    +1 Somec fan, imo 10 spd Chorus in alloy is a nice choice

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    Another vote for 10sp silver Campy.

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    I'm going to be the voice of dissent here...

    No I'm not. Chorus would be just right.
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    Great frame C! You can't go wrong with this one, just don't go with Sora

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zieleman View Post
    Great frame C! You can't go wrong with this one, just don't go with Sora
    Don't worry, I heard great things about Tourney on some nice flat bars
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    My gosh, what a beautiful frame. Reminds me of that Tomassini in the ebay/craigslist thread. I would have recommended Dura-Ace, but the modern Dura-Ace is not silver, which is what this bike deservess!

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    Quote Originally Posted by upthywazzoo View Post
    My gosh, what a beautiful frame. Reminds me of that Tomassini in the ebay/craigslist thread. I would have recommended Dura-Ace, but the modern Dura-Ace is not silver, which is what this bike deservess!
    Thanks! The frame came originally with a gorgeous set of 7700 DA, but the previous owner (fellow forumite and all-around nice dude @non-fixie) needed the group for a RetroRoadie/STI conversion, a very nice Batavus. I got the frame from him. The trouble is, finding a group like that for a good price is pretty hard, DA commands a hefty premium over other groups. I think the real gold is in the nice but virtually unknown groups, such as RSX, Daytona, 600 with STI's etc.
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    What's in the booooooox

    Untitled by ctjr, on Flickr

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    Tricolore

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    Mocking up...

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    I got a GREAT deal on a Shimano 600 Tricolore STI group in reasonable to good condition, including wheels, a 27.2 aero seatpost and a gorgeous 3TTT cockpit. It even had an Italian BB. about 100$ shipped total.
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