Gone retro this summer...
I purchased a Pinarello frame as a project and while waiting for it to arrive from Poland, I took a flyer on this 1992 Giordana Spica frame. Pegoretti designed, Billato built, pure Italian with an American flare.
Columbus TSX tubing - size 57 with a 56 TT.
Then I needed parts - so I bought a '89 Bottecchia off Ebay and switched most of the parts over. Full C-Record group including headset, seatpost, hubs and Delta brakes. Omega Strada rims. I added a couple of newer items - Ritchey bars, SLX saddle, Attack/Force tires, Keo pedals.
7 speeds, downtube friction shifters. 53/42 in the front. 14/23 in the rear.
Not the lightest of bikes but that's not the point.
Total cost of the project after selling the Bottecchia frame - less than $1K.
Took it for it's maiden voyage yesterday - pure heaven. Momentum is it's middle name. Can't wait to truly dial her in.
Jakey, I now know that of which you speak.