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Celeste Bianchi Road Bike

Old 01-09-21, 10:26 AM
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Celeste Bianchi Road Bike

Happy new year! Was gifted this beautiful Bianchi road bike recently. It looks to be vintage (?) and made in Italy - would appreciate hearing from folks their guesses as to it's worth. I live in the city where bikes get stolen a lot. Help understanding the value would be great so I can find more documentation and declare to insurance.

Total n00b when it comes to Bianchi's. Reading threads on this forum have been helpful! I didn't see one that quite matched this one.

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Some bikes I found on eBay that looked similar:

1)Fork sticker isn't all black like the one on mine

2)All the stickers look different but the shape is similar

Thanks for the help!
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Old 01-09-21, 10:35 AM
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I would say maybe $200, 250 CAD based on condition but I could be way off... This is definetly a pretty high end bike. How well does it fit you?
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Old 01-09-21, 10:42 AM
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Don't see SunTour Quattro very often.

Per Velobase:

There's very little information on their Quattro parts. One source indicates that they were used as stock parts on the Bianchi Campione Del Mondo (CDL) model, as well as explaining that the apparent Quattro groupset appears to be a replacement for the Cyclone groupo:

"Cyclone 7000 was spec'd on the CdI in 1987 and 1988. Quattro appeared on it in 1989, the year Cyclone was dropped from the SunTour line. It's possible that Bianchi requested a small production run of Cyclone but SunTour was hesitant to use the retired model name."
As well as this, another source indicates that this Quattro range of parts were a one-off, only having the name associated with them for the period that Bianchi needed a groupset for the above-mentioned bike, and was never an official Suntour groupset (indeed, it doesn't show up in the company's catalogues for this period, and seems to be pretty rare kit).
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I would say that regardless of the present value, the bike wold benefit from a good cleaning and maybe new cables and or tires if needed. Some of the scratches can be polished out with a decent automotive wax like NuFinish , donít use rubbing compound unless you have to. This bike is a thief magnet , I would not let it out of my sight here in Southern California. Here , in its present state, I would say $300 maybe more. After looking closely at your pictures , you may want to check out that non drive crank arm . It looks to be compromised.

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Old 01-09-21, 11:40 AM
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Looks like it has a fork issue that needs to be addressed.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
Don't see SunTour Quattro very often.

Per Velobase:

There's very little information on their Quattro parts. One source indicates that they were used as stock parts on the Bianchi Campione Del Mondo (CDL) model, as well as explaining that the apparent Quattro groupset appears to be a replacement for the Cyclone groupo:

"Cyclone 7000 was spec'd on the CdI in 1987 and 1988. Quattro appeared on it in 1989, the year Cyclone was dropped from the SunTour line. It's possible that Bianchi requested a small production run of Cyclone but SunTour was hesitant to use the retired model name."
As well as this, another source indicates that this Quattro range of parts were a one-off, only having the name associated with them for the period that Bianchi needed a groupset for the above-mentioned bike, and was never an official Suntour groupset (indeed, it doesn't show up in the company's catalogues for this period, and seems to be pretty rare kit).
Is Quattro possibly Ofmega? (looked a bit further...maybe Bianchi had Ofmega brand existing cranks Quattro to complete a group.)

Anyway, when you start to see Ofmega and Modolo parts, you're usually at the bottom of the Bianchi racing line, which isn't really bad at all.

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Old 01-09-21, 01:55 PM
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...Cromor frame tubing indicates it was a mid level bike for whatever year it was sold.
Cromor bikes ride nicely, but the tubing is seamed, so a little cheaper to produce, so your bike was priced a little lower than the top tier.

+1 on the something going on with the fork steerer or headset. That will definitely get stolen if theft is an issue where you live...maybe only the saddle or the wheelset.

It's not really well suited to a high theft rate, lock up outside and out of sight, scenario for daily use. At a minimum. you should fix what's going on with the fork, and maybe disguise it a little bit with duct tape and spray paint. Which will make it worth less if you have to file an insurance claim. But the value is not something that would rise above the level of my deductible, so in my case at least, insurance value is a non issue.
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Yea I wonder whats up with that fork. I hope that is just paint cracking .

FWIW, suntour made some fantastic derailers back in the day. About as durable as a rock, super easy to tune up, still shifting fine after being thrashed and pelted by rain sand and grit on a regular basis. Can easily shift through up to 10 gears when equipped with friction shifters.

Seamless chromoly tubing is the way to go, regardless whether anyone thinks its only mid range or not. The quality of the seamless welds and the tubing used is better than most modern stuff.



Here's a drivetrain pic - suntour 7-gt derailer. The lowest in the lineup. Cyclone i believe was second up. They are great quality, smooth shifting and durable regardless of where they appear to sit in the lineup.
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Old 01-10-21, 03:29 AM
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I just sold one of these about a month ago for $100. It had more rust than yours, otherwise nearly identical. '89 Campione D'Italia, Cromor tubing, color Celeste.
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Maybe $200 as is, it's been neglected. Not worth enough to worry about insuring it. Tire clearance may be tight, maybe look into a 650b conversion? It needs to be stripped and the rust addressed. Frame saver or similar. Worth the effort, IMO, if the fork is OK.
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Old 01-10-21, 09:51 AM
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there appears to be a large crack in the head of the non-matching left crank arm


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1989 Campione D'Italia was of CROMOR and had Quattro components.
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