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Old 08-18-18, 12:02 PM
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Bianchi frame identification help!

Hey guys, im new here and basicly registered to ask you for some help and tips, recently i got interested in vintage bikes so i coudnt resist and bought one yesterday! Changed the tires, the saddle and went out for a ride it was pretty fun, switching from dual controls to old style gear shifters was the best The frame is painted really weird, so i guess someone wearing pyjamas made his day, havent seen Bianchi like this, also on the bottom there are two markings - "9 C" and "3333". Ill post few pictures bellow hope not to mess them up, thanks for all the help guys, have a nice ride!


Overall paint looks pretty funny, but its quite good quality so im confused is it factory one or not.


The fork have some nice details
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Old 08-18-18, 12:11 PM
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Interesting paint job, sort of Colnagoesque. The fork looks like a Bianchi fork from the late '80s but I am not so sure about the frame. The three things I would most like to see are not quite visible. What brand are the dropouts? Is there anything on the seatstay caps? Is there any markings on the head tube / down tube lug? Can you read any threading size on the bottom bracket cups?
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The serial number in conjunction with the frame features suggest one of the three SLX models from 1989. The Mondiale had a chromed chainstay, so if that is actual plating, then it's a repainted Mondiale. The Super Leggera and Giro didn't have chrome plating, so if that's adhesive chrome foil on the chainstay, then it's one of these. The Giro was available in black but it was a matt black. Still. this could have been clear gloss coated before the white accents were airbrushed. Or it might be a complete repaint. Regardless of the actual model, it's a frankenbike build and the decals are incorrect for the era.
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Old 08-18-18, 12:54 PM
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Hello there, overall there are no markings but the fork ones, seatstay caps and head tube - tube lugs are clear but the decals. Quite sure the dropouts were saing "gipiemme" but i have to take a look again (same with the cups), left the bike to a friend mechanic to swap the cassette and fix this and that so ill check your points when i get it back. Thanks
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
The serial number in conjunction with the frame features suggest one of the three SLX models from 1989. The Mondiale had a chromed chainstay, so if that is actual plating, then it's a repainted Mondiale. The Super Leggera and Giro didn't have chrome plating, so if that's adhesive chrome foil on the chainstay, then it's one of these. The Giro was available in black but it was a matt black. Still. this could have been clear gloss coated before the white accents were airbrushed. Or it might be a complete repaint. Regardless of the actual model, it's a frankenbike build and the decals are incorrect for the era.
Yeah, its quite the frankenbike build, firstly i was considering to repaint it in classic celeste colour but im starting to like the strange look of it. Still if i decide to repaint it it will be nice to know what kind of decals to look for and not to repeat the same mistake I paid 200 euro so in any situation ill happy with the bike
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Interesting paint job, sort of Colnagoesque. The fork looks like a Bianchi fork from the late '80s but I am not so sure about the frame. The three things I would most like to see are not quite visible. What brand are the dropouts? Is there anything on the seatstay caps? Is there any markings on the head tube / down tube lug? Can you read any threading size on the bottom bracket cups?
Have some new info, BB cups are marked "36x28F right lock Campagnolo" BB size is 70mm, and seatpost diameter is 27.2 mm. Other than that there are no visual markings on the frame itself. Thanks for the help
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IIRC, most framesets eith Gippieme DO's were mid level model frames, not SLX tubed, TOL frames with were usually made with Campagnolo DO's by manufacturers. Whether that "rule" changed during the early 90's', I'm not sure...
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Originally Posted by Chombi1 View Post
IIRC, most framesets eith Gippieme DO's were mid level model frames, not SLX tubed, TOL frames with were usually made with Campagnolo DO's by manufacturers. Whether that "rule" changed during the early 90's', I'm not sure...

The subject bicycle is a 1989 model based on the serial number and all the Columbus tubed USA models that year used Gipemme dropouts according to my literature. In fact, with the exception of the X-4, the Columbus tubed frames for the USA market were spec'd with Gipiemme dropouts as far back as 1987.
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Leave it alone. The paint is neat. Ride it, and enjoy it.

You need to squat down a little, and take close, but level pics of the frame, and components. Don't be afraid to get close.
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Originally Posted by StarBiker View Post
Leave it alone. The paint is neat. Ride it, and enjoy it.

You need to squat down a little, and take close, but level pics of the frame, and components. Don't be afraid to get close.
Yeah you are right, and thats what im working on, getting the bike into ridable condition. Sadly ill probably have to equip it with new groupset, rear and front derailleurs are kinda deformed and dont really like noises when riding a bike, apart from that the feeling is great!
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Old 08-20-18, 01:37 PM
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Leave it alone. The paint is neat. Ride it, and enjoy it.
THIS! Celeste is nice, but you'll never see another one like this! Almost looks like something from Landshark.

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Old 05-01-19, 07:24 PM
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Hey guys, here to give u update on my Bianchi frankenthing, hope u like the new look
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I like it. The black-and-white scheme, but not too much black. The shocking but subtle night sky theme, skillfully and tastefully done, in moderation. A tiny bit of celeste. Rare, indeed. Ride on!
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I love that paint job.
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Fun bike for $225.00ish. Great paint job. No need to do anything to it.
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Usually I don't like custom air brushing and clear coat over original paint but this job is really well done and suites the bike. As for model i would agree it is likely a 89 Giro. great looking bike at a very good price.
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New update, dont know if its relevant but found a marked lug on the seat tube

"P-11"
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That bike and paint job is celeste-ial!
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That bike and paint job is celeste-ial!
Hahaha took me few seconds to get that, good one!!! )
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