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    Fixing Up Old Bianchi

    Hi,

    so i bought an old bianchi frame and am trying to fix it up with newer parts and wheelset. I was interested in fitting a shimano 105 groupset on it but heres where i need help.

    i was looking into rims but dont know a good brand that would be compatible with the 105 - 11 speed rig. so what are some good wheelsets out there for 200-400$$ that would be compatible with the shimano 105 groupset?

    rim size doesnt matter too much, i dont think itll make that much of a difference since im not competing in any races. just want to take it out on 50+ mile bike rides.

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    Rim size does matter because you need to know if your frame takes 27" or 700c wheels. Most any shimano compatible wheel set should take an 11 spd cassette.

    You also need to figure out if you have an English or Italian BB shell.

    Any pics?
    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto, '90 Campione del Fausto Giamondi Specialisma Italiano Mundo, '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '86 Volpe, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '09 Motobecane SS, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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    Quote Originally Posted by rushhour944 View Post
    Hi,

    so i bought an old bianchi frame and am trying to fix it up with newer parts and wheelset. I was interested in fitting a shimano 105 groupset on it but heres where i need help.

    i was looking into rims but dont know a good brand that would be compatible with the 105 - 11 speed rig. so what are some good wheelsets out there for 200-400$$ that would be compatible with the shimano 105 groupset?

    rim size doesnt matter too much, i dont think itll make that much of a difference since im not competing in any races. just want to take it out on 50+ mile bike rides.

    Rim size does matter because you need to know if your frame takes 27" or 700c wheels. Most any shimano compatible wheel set should take an 11 spd cassette.

    You also need to figure out if you have an English or Italian BB shell.

    Any pics?
    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto, '90 Campione del Fausto Giamondi Specialisma Italiano Mundo, '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '86 Volpe, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '09 Motobecane SS, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    Rim size does matter because you need to know if your frame takes 27" or 700c wheels. Most any shimano compatible wheel set should take an 11 spd cassette.

    You also need to figure out if you have an English or Italian BB shell.

    Any pics?
    BB shell suggestion: If you cannot easily read 36mmx24TPI (Italian) or 1.375x24TPI (English) on the cups, just measure the width of just the shell itself, not including the fixed cup flange and the adjustable cup lockring. 68mm indicates a Japanese Bianchi (English BB), whereas 70mm would be Italian. Most Bianchi frames built since the mid 1970s take 700C (622mm diameter) rims.
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