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Old 11-22-10, 10:20 PM   #1
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bianchi pista reynolds 531 ???

I was not aware that bianchi made a pista with reynolds 531 tubing a few years back is that correct? and also do you know what years and colors it came in?
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i dont believe that is true, i have an 06 and 07, and they both have "bianchi chromo-lite" tubing, a friend of mine has a 99 pista (last celeste one)
it also has the same exact chromolite decal that my pistas have. any of the older pistas i have seen had columbus tubing.
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This link points to one that's 531:

http://syracuse.craigslist.org/bik/2034112554.html

Maybe you could send an e-mail to the guy and ask what year it is.
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that is a 2001, has the same exact tubing that mine have and my friends 99, looks like they just peeled off the chromolite decal, which should be on the down tube next to the bottom bracket.
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Yeah, according to Bikepedia, it's actually "Reynolds 520", which is just a fancy way of saying 4130:

http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...ista&Type=bike
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Yeah, according to Bikepedia, it's actually "Reynolds 520", which is just a fancy way of saying 4130:

http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...ista&Type=bike

yea now that i think about it it seems like i heard that chromolite was reynolds 520 rebranded by bianchi.
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false.

pista was never 531.
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Yeah, after the little bit of research I did, I agree.
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This link points to one that's 531:

http://syracuse.craigslist.org/bik/2034112554.html

Maybe you could send an e-mail to the guy and ask what year it is.
Owner *claims* that it is 531, but I don't see any of the expected decals to indicate this.

N.B. Presence of 531 decals is not definitive proof that 531 tubing was used, but absence of 531 decals (or remnants thereof) are highly suggestive that 531 tubing was not used.
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2001 pista.

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531 has been out of mass production for a looooong time. In general, I don't think you're going to see any mass-produced 531 frames newer than the... early 80s or so? And they're all going to be lugged or fillet brazed, not welded.
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agreed, because 531 cant be welded in the first place.
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This bike was built with Reynolds 531
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I had a feeling you'd be along to show that off, TT!
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Yeah, I just can't help myself!

PS, feeling great right now after a couple of glasses of Heavyweight Red Cabernet Sauvignon. On the back of the label it says "There are moments in life when brawn outshines brains."
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531 has been out of mass production for a looooong time. In general, I don't think you're going to see any mass-produced 531 frames newer than the... early 80s or so? And they're all going to be lugged or fillet brazed, not welded.
What about vintage lugged Pistas?
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Yeah, I just can't help myself!

PS, feeling great right now after a couple of glasses of Heavyweight Red Cabernet Sauvignon. On the back of the label it says "There are moments in life when brawn outshines brains."
Nice, enjoy the good life!

but yeah, 531 has not been used for sometime.
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yea now that i think about it it seems like i heard that chromolite was reynolds 520 rebranded by bianchi.
not necessarily.

my bianchi was handmade in italy with Dedacciai tubing yet says chromolite on the TT
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What about vintage lugged Pistas?
They exist (here's one, for example), but I think as you start getting back into that era, you're more likely to see Columbus tubing than Reynolds.
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Old Pista looks great and really short stays.

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They exist (here's one, for example), but I think as you start getting back into that era, you're more likely to see Columbus tubing than Reynolds.
Yup, they also came in black like mine; I bought this one on CL a while back. (BF automatically resized the image; right click view image to see it bigger)

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This bike was built with Reynolds 531
So was this one, and only a couple years ago:
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Old Pista looks great and really short stays.
That thing is serious business. No clearance anywhere. Seat tube, downtube, fork, or [strike]brake[/strike] seatstay bridge. Those are probably 19c tubulars, too.

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Yup, they also came in black like mine; I bought this one on CL a while back.
Very nice. What level of Columbus tubing is that one?
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ive seen several bianchis that have celeste main tubes with black stays and fork, but that is the only one i have seen in that configuration. i wouldnt mind owning one...
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Is this a good thing, my bike has that sticker too lol
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