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Italvega Super Speciale Find/Questions .... Lots of Photos!

Old 05-16-15, 07:00 PM
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Italvega Super Speciale Find/Questions .... Lots of Photos!

I just picked this up. I did not know what it was when I bought it, but have determined that it is an Italvega Super Speciale from the 1970s. Italvega comes from the same folks who brought us Univega, but it is made in Italy.

Columbus tubing, Nuovo Record group. It measures 62x59cm C-C and standover is 34 inches. Somewhat surprisingly, at 5'11" I can ride the bike fairly comfortably, perhaps because of the short stem. Condition is good, about a 7 out of 10. All of the decals are trashed, but the frame is in otherwise great shape. No rust, no dents. Has some paint dings but nothing major. Components look good. The 27" tubulars are trashed but hold air and survived a ride around the block.

I have little/no interest in keeping the bike. I am familiar/experienced with selling bikes on e-Bay .

I have the following questions:

Can we tell exactly which year it is?

What is not original to the bike? I guess the saddle, bar, and possibly stem. Anything else?

Does it have a complete NR group, or is it mixed? I know little about Campy.

What kind of tubing is this? SL?

What are the little wipers on the tires for?

Does the bike have decent value complete, or does the no-name brand and large size hurt it too much? I'd rather keep it together, but I am not certain if anyone would even look at it. Thoughts on value of complete bike vs. groupset/frame/wheelset separately?

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Old 05-16-15, 07:01 PM
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A few more photos.....















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Old 05-16-15, 07:56 PM
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it's beautiful. it looks better than 7/10. and i wouldn't call univega or italvega a "no name," especially when being marketed.

does the rd have a 'pat' year on its top near the hanger bolt? that could help indicate year.

it looks like a full record group (save for the missing pedals), as long as the hubs match and the bb is record as well.

hub cones and lock nuts may show the year too.

if selling as a complete bike, reroute the brake cables behind the bars. the rear cable will look a lot better. i would also change the bars to cinelli (or whatever), polish the seatpost, and rebuild the hubs on clinchers.

in a hot market, the bike is worth $700 on craigs, i would think. the tubulars and bigger size might be hurdles.

it's certainly worth more parted out on ebay, unfortunately.
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oh, those are tire savers that try to sweep debris before it impales the rubber.
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well, I know a repairman that is fixing up the same type of bike for a guy, and the owner is putting 1200.00 into it to have it fixed up like new..
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the C. of the C. Hardings transfer stands for Charlie. he closed the shop and retired home to Ireland about 1990. purchased my first road machine from him in 1965.

the absence of a headplate marks the bike as relatively late within the production life.

Italvega name kept alive for a time for the top models following the launch of the Univega line.
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Bars are already Cinelli, as is the stem. Seat is likely not original but is period-correct. Bars are newer but at least the right brand and the correct bars will be high-$.

Sell it as is or part it out, whichever is easiest, don't worry about whether the stuff all matches perfectly, it's very close as it sits - and if you part it out who cares?
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vintage cinelli bars aren't expensive. i sold some the other day for $22. i had paid $10.
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Originally Posted by exxongraftek View Post
Sell it as is or part it out, whichever is easiest
It is easier to sell it as-is (or spruced up a bit), and I'd prefer to keep the bike together. But I am unsure (and asking) if it will generate any interest. I figure the groupset is worth $300-$400 alone. But would anyone bid that much (or more) for the complete bike??

This Italvega closed this morning. A whopping $52 high bid.
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Originally Posted by Gartenmeister View Post
It is easier to sell it as-is (or spruced up a bit), and I'd prefer to keep the bike together. But I am unsure (and asking) if it will generate any interest. I figure the groupset is worth $300-$400 alone. But would anyone bid that much (or more) for the complete bike??

This Italvega closed this morning. A whopping $52 high bid.
seller has model misidentified. it is a model called Nuovo Record. frame is three tube columbus with 1010 dropouts but stamped fork tips. original chainset would have been 49D.
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You have excellent photography skills. Nice detailed pictures. You already got all the shots you need to put it on ebay. Go for it. Ask for $700.
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Part it out. Size is a big negative. (Just right for me). Tubulars ugh. I see Italvages as high value riders not bling bikes to impress your friends.

Nice condition for the age.
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Whatever happened with your Italvega? Did you notice what the Pat. Number was on the rear Campy dérailleur and the size number stamped at the top of the seat tube?
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I sold it on e-Bay for $700.

To the other questions- no.



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Whatever happened with your Italvega? Did you notice what the Pat. Number was on the rear Campy dérailleur and the size number stamped at the top of the seat tube?
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