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Early 90's Bianchi Bravo

Old 01-26-16, 06:13 PM
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Early 90's Bianchi Bravo

I have a friend who bought an approx. 1991 Brava new, rode it a few times and hung it up. It

appears to be a 58-61cm and has a Suntour GPX group. I've not seen it in person, but I would

expect it to be in great shape if it's been stored on hooks for it's life. I'm thinking $350ish with

a celeste saddle, cages and Bianchi bottles. Any input?
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Old 01-26-16, 07:57 PM
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Late 80s? Ishiwata tubing?
I think thats all correct.

GPX replaced Cyclone, i think. If not, its upper mid level. Think above 105 but below 600 in Shimano terms.

It has the ideal color for a higher price. It has good tubing, but not the Columbus name to go with the Bianchi name. And it has a solid group, but that group is completely extinct and cant be upgraded, which is a negative.
Oh, and it has 27 year old housing, cables, grease, and rubber which is a huge negative and will cost $50-125 depending on who does the work and options chosen.

I would pay maybe $250 for it because of the work and costs to get it in good shape.
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Makes sense, thanks. I neglected to add that it does have new tires, so that helps.
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Your estimate of mid $300's is on the money. It's a Bianchi, it's Celeste, and it's a Brava. While GPX is not a personal favorite of mine, it comes on higher end mid level production bikes.
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Originally Posted by royleroy View Post
Makes sense, thanks. I neglected to add that it does have new tires, so that helps.
Ah, well then probably $300, but that would be what I would want to pay to have it because I know I could do the work to update the cables and bearings. That stuff will cost $100+ for a shop to do and really should be mentioned to a buyer. Yeah its ultimately their responsibility to know what they are buying, but to me, if you know something will need to be updated, it should be disclosed.
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Definitely not 1991 or even 1990. I think this is a 1989 model. Personally, I avoid SunTour AccuShift bicycles unless they are very attractively priced.They just don't perform as well as Shimano and when you need replacements, sourcing of the indexed components becomes an issue.

Edit: BTW, it's a Brava, not a Bravo.

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Old 01-27-16, 09:54 AM
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Definitely not 1991 or even 1990. I think this is a 1989 model. Personally, I avoid SunTour AccuShift bicycles unless they are very attractively priced.They just don't perform as well as Shimano and when you need replacements, sourcing of the indexed components becomes an issue.

Edit: BTW, it's a Brava, not a Bravo.
Ha - my internal spell check must have kicked in
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Brava is also a word, its the female form of Bravo. you know, if the performer is a female.. you yell Brava, not Bravo.
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An update, it ended up selling for $315 which seemed fair.
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