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    Vianelli frame 1980 something

    I got this from an Ebay seller, and am looking for comments from C&Vers, and am thanking you in advance.

    Before I got it, I searched for Vianelli, and found a few things, but not too much. He must have built for mostly others, but enough of his own brand to have fork ends, bottom bracket shells, brake bridges, stay caps and fork crowns impressed with his logo and name. A thread here on C&V mentions he built some frames for Marinoni.
    It is a repaint, 55.5 c-t seat tube, 54.5 tt. and I believe it is SL tubing, the seat post is 27.0 and the steerer has rifling only at the fork crown. The fork crown itself looks like a Cinelli product. The bottom bracket shell is 69mm, it is supposed to be Italian thread, but I don't have cups.



















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    Very nice! The lugs and BB shell show some really superb thinning and the dropout transitions are flawless. Somebody spent some time on that one

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    The Vianelli family member who now runs the shop in Brescia is an acquaintance/friend of mine. We have not met in person but have communicated quite a bit over the years. I met his father during a past visit.

    Their website can be found here: BICICLETTE E ACCESSORI - VENDITA ONLINE - BRESCIA

    They are located just to the East of Milan in Brescia.

    Your frame is mid-80's vintage.

    They did some third party frame building, including for Marinoni in Canada

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    Nice pick up that one. My old man raced on a Vianelli amongst other things in the 70's and 80's. He still has the Vianelli frame hanging in the garage.

    This particular frame was made from a very thin steel - was super light for it's age. I'll try and get more information.
    He's currently rebuilding his 74' Colnago that he raced in 74' Girobio. he was telling me the other night, each team member was gifted 2 full spare group-sets of Campag Super Reord as well as a race bike (Colnago) that year. He sold one groupset when he arrived back in Australia in '76 the other set he still has to this day. lots of hubs and cranks sitting in boxes waiting for rebuilds..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
    Very nice! The lugs and BB shell show some really superb thinning and the dropout transitions are flawless. Somebody spent some time on that one

    DD
    Yep. Definitely a notch above your typical Italian "craftsmanship".

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    No metallic in the world lays like that, except Imron. That also explains why the paint chips are so large, it was very hard paint. A friend once painted his 78 trans am with Imron. A few months later he went to an amusement park, and some dummy in a jacked up 4x4 open the bottom corner of their door into the upper door of the TA. A 1 1/2" round section of paint popped off the door.,,,,BD

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    Back then Dupont Imron was the hot stuff, literally, for sure. In 1975 I repainted my Raleigh International with Dulux, a single part enamel, and had a wonderful time with it.
    I aim to repaint the Vianelli if I decide I like how it rides, though I doubt I'll be able to find decals. Maybe get a set of non-descript decals from some similar Italian bike.

    This is my first bike built of lightweight tubes, and I am surprised how thin the bottom bracket shell looks thru the middle section.
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