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Old 11-26-18, 04:28 PM
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Unidentified Bianchi (circa 1988/89?)

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A co-worker's husband recently died, and she has offered to sell me one or both of his bikes. The first is an 1980's Sport SX. The second, his primary rider, is the one pictured. It's white paint may be a re-paint (some old chips appear to be covered over, decals are peeling, some areas show light orange peeling). It has Shimano 105 components and Modolo "quattro" brakes. Decals/markings are minimal- one near the seat says "Campione Del Mondo." On the belly of the bottom bracket, there appears to be a "9 E" on one side and "8467" on the other.

Any thoughts on country of origin and/or value?
















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Old 11-26-18, 07:14 PM
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Can you see threading markings on the BB? The style of the decals are from the mid 90s but that frame looks more late 80s. What look like Gipiemme dropouts points to a late 80s Formula frame or the 89 Campione de Italia. The Quattro brakes came on the 89 CdI
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Almost certainly a repaint, possibly one of the lower end models from after piaggio owned them?
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BG, I think you are right (as always). From memory, the dropouts had writing in the same style as the Gipiemme dropouts I see online. I couldn't quite make out the letters at the time.

I will try to pay the bike another visit later this week to look for threading markings. Is there anything else I should look for?
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Originally Posted by Uprighter View Post
BG, I think you are right (as always). From memory, the dropouts had writing in the same style as the Gipiemme dropouts I see online. I couldn't quite make out the letters at the time.

I will try to pay the bike another visit later this week to look for threading markings. Is there anything else I should look for?
May need info from BG. Did this have the Shimano 105 rear derailleur from factory? Is the group set matched with Shimano shifters, front / rear derailleurs as i was thinking it was a Suntour group set? I would want to test the shifting before making an offer.
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The frame was manufactured in Italy in early 1989. Bianchi did not have a a 105 equipped model in 1989. Furthermore, the rear derailleur is 105SC, which is 1990+ and Bianchi's early 1990s model with 105SC was the Alfana, which was manufactured in Asia. Bianchi only offered two Italian made frames in 1989 (in North America). The Campione d'Italia used Columbus Cromor and was equipped with Quattro components, while the Giro, Super Leggera and Mondiale were Campagnolo equipped with Columbus SLX/SPX. The latter can be eliminated by the absence of a front derailleur hanger.

The serial number, frame features and presence of some Quattro components (brakes, front derailleur and possibly front hub) all point towards a 1989 Bianchi Campione d'Italia that has been frankenbiked, repainted white and has had anachronistic decals applied.

Shimano 105SC components include the rear derailleur, crankset, rear hub and headset. Unfortunately, I can't positively identify the shift levers but the shift system definitely isn't properly adjusted and playing well together.

Given the uncertainties of the shift levers and assuming an average market, my maximum offer would be $200.

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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
The frame was manufactured in Italy in early 1989. Bianchi did not have a a 105 equipped model in 1989. Furthermore, the rear derailleur is 105SC, which is 1990+ and Bianchi's early 1990s model with 105SC was the Alfana, which was manufactured in Asia. Bianchi only offered two Italian made frames in 1989 (in North America). The Campione d'Italia used Columbus Cromor and was equipped with Quattro components, while the Giro, Super Leggera and Mondiale were Campagnolo equipped with Columbus SLX/SPX. The latter can be eliminated by the absence of a front derailleur hanger.

The serial number, frame features and presence of some Quattro components (brakes, front derailleur and possibly front hub) all point towards a 1989 Bianchi Campione d'Italia that has been frankenbiked, repainted white and has had anachronistic decals applied.

Shimano 105SC components include the rear derailleur, crankset, rear hub and headset. Unfortunately, I can't positively identify the shift levers but the shift system definitely isn't properly adjusted and playing well together.

Given the uncertainties of the shift levers and assuming an average market, my maximum offer would be $200.
T-Mar,
Many, many thanks!
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