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Old 01-21-18, 02:35 PM
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Columbus frame

Hi, any idea about this columbus frame id?
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The sticker looks like the SL sticker from befor3 they put SL on them. What size is the seat post?
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Old 01-22-18, 04:57 PM
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Some good pics of the whole bike and some of the frame details would help a lot. Form the limited pics all we can really tell is it's a better quality SL tubed frame from the late 70's early 80's.
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Originally Posted by lukepro View Post
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thats only pics Ive got for the moment
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Old 01-23-18, 03:36 PM
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Does the frame have a serial number?
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Old 01-23-18, 05:08 PM
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probably - yes. but as stated earlier thats only pics Ive got for the moment
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Tried to find info on VGL and came up empty. Probably a boutique builder. In any case it looks very nicely made with good tubing, thinned window lugs, etc.
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Old 01-24-18, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by lukepro View Post
probably - yes. but as stated earlier thats only pics Ive got for the moment
But possibly not. Which is when it would become interesting.
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Old 01-24-18, 03:49 PM
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will post a photo then, next week I think
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Old 01-31-18, 11:29 AM
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got a seatpost info 26.6 MADE IN FRANCE BY JPR 07. 81
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Old 01-31-18, 01:09 PM
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The Columbus decal is the SL version issued 1978-1987. From what I can of the bicycle, this looks reasonable. You can narrow that down somewhat, if the bicycle has Campagnolo dropouts, by determining i fthey are the Portacatena version.

However, a 26.6mm post is 0.6mm smaller than one would typically see on an SL frameset. The cinch slot doesn't look pinched. 26.6mm is more indicative of Zeta, Aelle or one of the Tange tubesets. Given the discrepancies, I'd want to see this one in person and verify the post size, then check the fork steerer tube to determine if it has the five helical ridges indicative of a Columbus steerer, which is usually a good indicator that the frame is at least SL grade.
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Old 04-26-18, 04:18 AM
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heres a bb shell, Ive checked the steerer. it is riffled from inside
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The seatpost clamp and fastback seatstays remind me of what's on my 1984 Gitane Tour de France........
Stronglight headset and JPR seatpost??......Hmmmmm.......Maybe its Swiss??
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Good point Chombi1! It might be the metric version of the Columbus SL tubeset. That would explain the seat post size in conjunction with the Columbus steerer tube. It's easy enough to verify, by measuring the outside diameter of the seat tube, which would be 28.0mm, as opposed to the 28.6mm on the imperial standard tubeset.

BB shell without flying-C logo or spoiler suggests very late 1970s to very early 1980s, which matches well with the seat post date code.
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Old 04-26-18, 07:13 AM
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seat tube outside diameter is 28.0. rear dropout is vitus
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Originally Posted by lukepro View Post
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Dang!, Vitus dropouts and blue paint?? It's looking more and more like a French (Gitane) frameset to me, similar to the Gitane Pro team replicas that they sold in the early 80's. Did Gitane get them from a sub contractor that might have sold them to other companies re-adged and without the usual number plate hanger on the TT?? Long shot, but possible....
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Originally Posted by Chombi1 View Post
Dang!, Vitus dropouts and blue paint?? It's looking more and more like a French (Gitane) frameset to me, similar to the Gitane Pro team replicas that they sold in the early 80's. Did Gitane get them from a sub contractor that might have sold them to other companies re-adged and without the usual number plate hanger on the TT?? Long shot, but possible....
maybe. still looking for this VG logo that is on the seat tube with the campione stripes. also only 3 digits on the bb shell. will be tough to find

and the stripes are four colours (blue, red, black and yellow) not five

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columbus decals are french, so special with the VGL can be just a model with version of columbus (acier special). still the logo on seattube is VG so why there is additional L?
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bottom bracket threading is swiss
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