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Old 12-04-21, 05:40 PM
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Bottecchia

I am on the hunt again, and I came across this Bottecchia. i had one back in the 90s and foolishly let it go.

Thoughts? Advice? Iím a bit worried this is just nostalgia.


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Old 12-04-21, 06:10 PM
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I’m no expert but I don’t think Bottecchia ever used those wrap around seat stays, unless it was on lower end models

Interesting mix of parts with a Victory crank, Athena brake calipers and Time pedals.
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I agree with BGirl, the wrap around stays don't belong. With that in mind and considering the mixture of components, it would be hard to say what the bike is. It does look to be in nice shape and, unless you seek an original vintage steed, it might prove to be a worth while purchase for an around town ride. Were it me, however, and at the price asked, I would definitely pass.

As for the nostalgia concern, yes and no. For some people, yes but for many of us, my guess is just an interest in finding, building and riding something that exudes vintage appeal.
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appears a midliner model with very mixed kitting

if i were shopping for one would likely look for an example with a coherent road ensemble

for a midliner such as this it might mean a Campag Victory one

am unable to tell from image if seat stay treatment is full wraparound or a semi

suggest to keep shopping...


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Old 12-04-21, 09:53 PM
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The Bottechias from the mid to late 80's did have tapering upper seat stay ends that semi-wrap around the front of the seat lug, as you can see on my 1989 Bottechia Professional Chorus SL:

I suspect that. the subject bike is the model right below mine and might have Cromor tubing. But I definitely think it's a genuine late 80's Bottecchia. And could be an 89 like mine.
Price is a bit high for a mid line model. Maybe $400.00, max, if in mint condition. More like $350.00 in "rider" condition. Less if the components are not all original, like on the subject bike.

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^ beautiful bike and wearing my favorite group
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I concur with Chombi1, it does appear to legitimate. The stay caps did wrap over a bit but not touch and that turquoise is a known factory colour. Also, it has the proper embossed "B" on the fork crown. In addition to the Cromor decal, I see what appears to be an 80th anniversary decal between the shift levers, which would make it a 1989 model. If so, that increases the value somewhat, as 1989 is the year that Greg Lemond won the Tour de France and World Championships riding a Bottechhia.

As noted by juvela, the components are a jumble. The original group would have been Campagnolo Athena, which is what the brakeset appears to be. The Victory crankset would be a replacement but level appropriate, as would be the 1990+ Shimano 105SC derailleurs. The latter was a fairly common upgrade, due the relatively poor indexing of the Campagnolo Athena rear derailleur with the Syncro II shift levers.

It's a nice, mid-range model, from a well repected brand, from a significant year but with a real component mix. As for price, despite the model year, it seems quite high.
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