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Early 90s Bianchi SBX

Old 10-22-15, 08:42 AM
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Early 90s Bianchi SBX

So here's the scoop

I have been wrestling with the thought of selling this bicycle. It was my racing bike in the early 90s. I actually rode it 3 times this year...and probably 5 times last year. I do more mixed surface riding and typical Pennsylvania rural road riding. I will never race again and really am having a rough time justifying keeping the bike. So I have been debating about selling as a whole or parting it out and keep my beloved frameset. But I don't have any idea of what I would be the cost pros/cons.

The frame set is in a desirable size of 59cm c-t. The size has been double checked as well. I had some prior people note the seat height. I am 6' and have a long inseam...literally around 34 inches or more. I was a mountain goat and I raced with my leg very extended. But it is a 59 cm. But the frame has internal routing, lugged with engraved BB shell, front lower head lug, brake bridge. Rear triangle is chrome. It's a great frameset which is why I am torturing myself with the debate to sell as whole or part out.

The frame is made from Columbus SBX, lugged steel, which is the proprietary tube set for Bianchi and SLX frame. Correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty sure. There is one small ding on the downtube where the handlebars flopped and left a tiny mark. The frame has never been wrecked.
The fork is NOT the original. This fork has tange and actually looks better than the original. The orig fork was taken off and replaced with a Time Carbon fiber that I took off and replaced with this fork to get back some of the pretty chrome quality.
It's a mix of parts as well. Some old, some new.
Campy C-record 175 mm crankset but they are NOT the C-record rings. 53/39 and the outer ring pin doesn't line up at all...because it's not an original. The bottom bracket is an old Chorus that was installed NOS...not the cartridge type.
Super Record front derailleur
8 speed setup with Campy Record ergos
Campy 8 speed chorus rear derailleur
Campy mono-planer front and rear brakes.
The wheelset is a Campy Eurus 20 spokes. Clincher, Very few miles on this set. Maybe 1.5k.
Tires...it has some very pricey Clement pro types...I didn't focus on these as people switch them out some quickly anyways...but they are 700 x 23c, high tpi and very nice.
I have the original stem as well with is a black TTT, about 120-130 mm. The one pictured is on there for my back and shoulder now. The handlebars that I originally used to race were Scott drops. I still have those. The bars on this are Nitto rando types.
Vintage campy record or chorus headset.

This basically gives you an idea of what I have, why I am up in the air about what it is worth. I have seen the wheels sell alone for some higher prices, same with C-record in the past but I currently don't know exactly...So any help would be appreciated. I have taken a bunch of photos and have them in a folder on Flckr. I have not cleaned the bike up for the pictures as I am still trying to determine what I need to do. But I need answers first to have an idea of what I have....
It will be far easier to cruise through the photo album that to try and put different pics below.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsknJf28E

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Unfortunately the parts mix and missing original fork hurt value... I would say part it out.
I can't really put a solid value on the frame though, unfortunately. Depends highly on the market, also urban vs metro. I've seen prices for SL/SLX framed bikes vary from as little as $300 to as much as $1000ish for bikes in amazing shape.

You could try listing it before you go through the trouble of parting it out. You just never know who will see it and this might be exactly what they're looking for. Maybe ask $750 and see what kind of offers or interest you get? I will say that 59cm is pushing "big". Any time I fix up a bike that size around here (Dallas) it always sits a bit longer.
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Thanks for the feedback!

I knew the mix of parts would throw things off a bit. But it was one of those areas, when you were racing and needed to change something...back then, I would go with what was sitting around, on a spare bike, or available at the time. It all works wonderfully, but is all different. Like you said...I've seen SLX frames go high and low. At a recent swap, I saw a set of Eurus sell for $250 and they were well used. Parting it out might be best. Thanks again
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I would agree fully, this is a parting out candidate for optimal profit. The current build simply isn't original so you've lost any folks who are interested in stock. And while you can speak to how much you love the bike, ultimately, that's only your opinion. You've definitely got some nice components there, but there's no reason anyone would put them together. And they certainly wouldn't pay more for the combination. Value-wise (with patience and on the best of days AND assuming everything is pretty sharp, once cleaned up):

Frame (w/ aftermarket fork): $300-400
Wheels (provided they're true and smooth): $150-300
Drivetrain (minus non-matching front derailleur): $250-300
Other misc: $100

Total: $800-1100 parted out

After selling fees and packaging etc I would guess you'd be out $100 so maybe you'd clear $700-1000? Unless you sold locally. But I know where I am, it'd be tough to get any of those prices. That'd have to be eBay. Again though, this is a TOTAL BALLPARK and there are just so many variables (location, your time, shipping costs, that intangible human "I want that" factor, etc.). I think the top tube ding hurts the value on the frame even though technically it does nothing to the functionality. Just my thoughts, I am limited by what I see in my city (St. Louis, MO) and eBay.
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Thanks for the input Paintedceleste. That frame model came as frame only so it was never a stock model. So that makes it tough...especially looking back at college days and knowing I put what nice parts on it that I had at the time. So it is def mismatched. I also, suffer as you do, with a surrounding community that sees no real value in a bike and they lump them together with Walmart bikes, regardless of what they say.

But thanks again for the input!
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Bianchi SBX Frame


Originally Posted by PaintItCeleste View Post
I would agree fully, this is a parting out candidate for optimal profit. The current build simply isn't original so you've lost any folks who are interested in stock. And while you can speak to how much you love the bike, ultimately, that's only your opinion. You've definitely got some nice components there, but there's no reason anyone would put them together. And they certainly wouldn't pay more for the combination. Value-wise (with patience and on the best of days AND assuming everything is pretty sharp, once cleaned up):

Frame (w/ aftermarket fork): $300-400
Wheels (provided they're true and smooth): $150-300
Drivetrain (minus non-matching front derailleur): $250-300
Other misc: $100

Total: $800-1100 parted out

After selling fees and packaging etc I would guess you'd be out $100 so maybe you'd clear $700-1000? Unless you sold locally. But I know where I am, it'd be tough to get any of those prices. That'd have to be eBay. Again though, this is a TOTAL BALLPARK and there are just so many variables (location, your time, shipping costs, that intangible human "I want that" factor, etc.). I think the top tube ding hurts the value on the frame even though technically it does nothing to the functionality. Just my thoughts, I am limited by what I see in my city (St. Louis, MO) and eBay.
Hi,

I saw this post as I was researching the Bianchi SBX frame. As I have looked at several posts, here and other places, I can safely say the SBX frame was only used by Bianchi during the early 90's. Here is the bike in question, attached, and I wonder if you could confirm that for me.

Thanks for any help you can offer.


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Old 05-06-18, 11:17 AM
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I would like to try an SBX. Where in PA?
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Old 05-06-18, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I would like to try an SBX. Where in PA?
Zombie post from 2-1/2 years ago. Mark1161 has been bumping and cross-threading in every Bianchi SBX related thread he can find.
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Old 05-06-18, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I would like to try an SBX. Where in PA?
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. T-Mar is correct... I have reached out to various posts, on this forum, to get more information on what I believe was a fraudulent posting of this bike, listing it as a 1986 model, which, unfortunately, I was a victim. Fortunately, I do have recourse via Paypal and/or eBay. While still a very nice bicycle, it was not worth the amount that I paid for it. It was my thinking that this forum was a resource for the exchange of information on these vintage bicycles. I have also consulted local bike shops in Philly that concur with the information I was given from this forum which is much appreciated. I have now enough supporting data to proceed with my claim.

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Old 05-07-18, 06:40 AM
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mark1161 I paid $700 for one of those a year ago. It's worth more on ebay than a local bike shop. If you parted it out I would expect to get more than $700. Hope this helps with what it's worth
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Getting the year wrong on a bicycle is not a big deal, for most people. It may have been an honest mistake. IMO, a mid-1990s high end Bianchi is going to be better performing and have comparable value to an equivalent 1986 model. So unless, the seller also misrepresented it as being something rare, like an X-4, or misrepresented the tubeset or components, I'd leave as is and enjoy the bicycle.
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nice bike

that's a beautiful bike
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