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Mid 90's Serotta CSI

Old 05-09-20, 12:03 PM
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Mid 90's Serotta CSI

What do you all think about this Serotta? I'm considering going to take a look at it but it's 70 miles away. It's my size pending verification of top tube length and if 54cm is measured center to top.
I already have a mid 80's Trek 760 and USA Schwinn Paramount. How redundant would this be? (Trying to somewhat control my vintage bike habit)

Thank you in advance!

https://neworleans.craigslist.org/bi...113696849.html

I just found this listing for the same bike on ebay. Some better pictures & shows a top tube dent and various paint chips:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Serotta-CSI...p2047675.l2557

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Old 05-09-20, 12:38 PM
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The CSI is a more sophisticated steel design compared to your 760 and P-mount.

With the Colorado Concept tubing, the down tube and the seat tube flare in size toward the BB. This seems to stiffen the BB and helps turn torsional forces into forward motion. On my Legend Ti, the "plantedness" of the rear triangle is the first thing I noticed compared to other designs that lack the Colorado Concept tubing.

So if you really like stomping on the pedals and like the geo, yeah, go for it.
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Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
The CSI is a more sophisticated steel design compared to your 760 and P-mount.

With the Colorado Concept tubing, the down tube and the seat tube flare in size toward the BB. This seems to stiffen the BB and helps turn torsional forces into forward motion. On my Legend Ti, the "plantedness" of the rear triangle is the first thing I noticed compared to other designs that lack the Colorado Concept tubing.

So if you really like stomping on the pedals and like the geo, yeah, go for it.
Thanks for you input. I'm not much of a stomper these days, mostly just spin as I approach retirement. Not to say I wouldn't enjoy it, though.
I edited my original post above to add another link to the same bike listed on ebay. A few of the pictures are more revealing.
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I've owned three CSIs.

One is a fixie, the next one is a frameset and the third I picked up a couple of weeks ago.

The fixie was built by Dave Kirk and it's an amazing ride.

The second was modded by Eric at Winter and is gorgeous. However. it doesn't fit.

The third was offered to me by an old friend that doesn't ride anymore.

It has a Campy Chorus 9 speed groupset and is very nice.

As for yours, I would not pay $600 in this current market.

The DA sti system is great, up until it needs to be replaced.

The dent in the top tube doesn't weird me out, but it kills the value.

It looks like a $400 bike to me.
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The DA sti system is great, up until it needs to be replaced.

The dent in the top tube doesn't weird me out, but it kills the value.

It looks like a $400 bike to me.
Thanks. I agree. The ebay pictures make it look a little beat, with the dent and rusty paint chips. It's be languishing on craigslist for at least two months, although at a higher price. Also, not worth driving into a covid 19 hot spot to look at it.
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I was thinking the same as above, it's definitely priced for negotiation - and maybe more than the seller wants to give. Still a nice bike.
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If it was full DA and dentless, it would be a good deal. The small dents aren’t bad but the mix of DA and Ultegra would bother me on an upper end frame.

BTW, I also have a Trek 760 and a Paramount (Waterford era). And 2 racing Raleigh’s, and a Circuit, and a Davidson and a handful of others. Redundant is not mentioned in the C&V handbook
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If it was full DA and dentless, it would be a good deal. The small dents aren’t bad but the mix of DA and Ultegra would bother me on an upper end frame.
Yes, I'm with you on that.
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BTW, I also have a Trek 760 and a Paramount (Waterford era). And 2 racing Raleigh’s, and a Circuit, and a Davidson and a handful of others. Redundant is not mentioned in the C&V handbook
Yeah. I don't know why I said that. I do know redundancy. For example: I have two spare 760 frames to go along with one complete 760. Also, a '73 Paramount to go along with the '86. And four Schwinn Voyageurs - from '73 to '90. I'll stop there. Truth is I'm just about out of space, but if the condition warranted it, I'd find room for it. You know I would.
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