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Fair value for a Tommasini?

Old 05-14-21, 09:16 AM
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Fair value for a Tommasini?

Hi,

a new day, a new bike, this time a Tommasini for which I have not much details.
The seller says it's Columbus Genius steel, Dura Ace 7400/7402 and the size is 56.
Asking price is just north of 900 USD.

Do the lack of lugs bother the ones of you which look for perfection on a bike?
Any other stuff I should be aware of, considering I'm a noob?

Here's a couple of pics:







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Old 05-14-21, 11:04 AM
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Nice bike in what looks like very good condition. Check the bearings (wheel hubs, bottom bracket, headset, and pedals) to see if they are smooth and not loose. (Repacking or replacing them can get expensive if you don't have the tools and knowledge and must have a bike shop do it.)

Dura-Ace 7400 is a great component group; I still use it regularly. And if the terrain you ride is not mountainous, then the 9-sprocket cassette provides plenty of gear range for most riders. (I'd argue that it's enough even for mountainous routes.)
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Old 05-14-21, 01:39 PM
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I should have mentioned the bike appears to have a straight-block (one-tooth increments in the sprockets) cassette. Unless you're a strong rider, you'l probably want to use a cassette with a larger gear range.
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Old 05-14-21, 02:51 PM
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Thank you.

I'm not a very strong rider
What's the upper limit for that derailleur?
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Old 05-14-21, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by James1964 View Post
Nice bike in what looks like very good condition. Check the bearings (wheel hubs, bottom bracket, headset, and pedals) to see if they are smooth and not loose. (Repacking or replacing them can get expensive if you don't have the tools and knowledge and must have a bike shop do it.)

Dura-Ace 7400 is a great component group; I still use it regularly. And if the terrain you ride is not mountainous, then the 9-sprocket cassette provides plenty of gear range for most riders. (I'd argue that it's enough even for mountainous routes.)
What - who needs less that a 39-23 for mountains?
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Not sure if I would go that high for a tig frame/unicrown fork. One if the drawing cards for a Tommasini is the fancy lugs, paint, and chrome.
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I think $900 USD is a very decent price for that bike.

I don't mind the lack of lugs and the sloping fork suits the rest of the frame perfectly.

Enjoy the bike!
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Old 05-17-21, 04:14 AM
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I don't know in what sense you're a noob, so I'll mention that as a 56 cm frame you should probably be around 5'10" for this to be a good fit. Just wanted to make sure of that, though if you're looking at a Tommasini I imagine you're already riding a road bike and have an idea of what size you need.

Location matters a lot for these prices, so it might help to know what market you're in. You're correct that most people looking at vintage Tommasini bikes prefer lugged frames, and so this is somewhat less desirable. Also I can't help noticing that the welds around the seatpost are about the ugliest welds I've ever seen on a Tommasini. I did a quick google search on Techno Tigs and some have smoothed/sanded welds (which I think is not ideal from a strength aspect, but sure looks nice), while others are not smoothed but still less irregular than the welds in the closeup photo.

I suspect the asking price is inflated to leave room for negotiating. I think it's somewhat on the high side for this model.
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Old 05-17-21, 05:05 AM
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I am 5'10" indeed, but I'm not young and I favour endurance type frames in road bikes. My current bike is a size S Canyon Endurace (that's about 54 cm) and I find it comfy.
I recently bought my first steel, a size 55 Basso, tested it for a ride and found it quite challenging. The seatpost must be at the top max position, raised the quill stem to the max (1 mm above max, actually) and felt myself stretched a lot, riding on the hoods felt like riding on the drops of the Canyon.
I will try to find a shorter stem for it (the current 120mm is definitely too long for me) but I think all the bikes with a classic geometry are rather racers than endurance bikes.

But they look great, so I will gloss over small discomforts.

Thanks again to all of you for advice.
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7402 rear derailleur: chain wrap 26, max cog 26.
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