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NOS 1985 Bianchi F+F model unknown

Old 03-26-23, 04:23 PM
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NOS 1985 Bianchi F+F model unknown

I have a NOS 1985 Bianchi frameset. The bb is stamped on the bottom, 337 on one side and C56 on the other. Any help would be appreciated and Iíll upload all the pics i can.






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...you can look at the Bianchi catalogs for the 1980's at the links in the catalogs thread, here:
The Official Vintage Bicycle Manufacturer Catalog List w/Links - Bike Forums

There's at least one link to 1985, if you're sure on the dating. I've never seen a Bianchi from the 1980's that was sold as a bare frame.
I'm sure it's possible, but all I've ever seen from the '80's were sold as complete bikes. Bare frames usually came from other Italian makers. in my somewhat limited experience.
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That is a very clean looking frame.
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
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...you can look at the Bianchi catalogs for the 1980's at the links in the catalogs thread, here:
The Official Vintage Bicycle Manufacturer Catalog List w/Links - Bike Forums

There's at least one link to 1985, if you're sure on the dating. I've never seen a Bianchi from the 1980's that was sold as a bare frame.
I'm sure it's possible, but all I've ever seen from the '80's were sold as complete bikes. Bare frames usually came from other Italian makers. in my somewhat limited experience.

I havenít been able to find just a frame and fork in any of the scans either and trust me Iíve been looking. The bb shell has 85 cast into so I think calling it 1985 is a safe bet.
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That one is one of the better of the models of its day. I say because it has chrome, stay and forks and it has the fd braze on. I had a lower end of that color Cromor or Matrix tubing this was.


I think what I had was '86
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The frame looks very good condition yet I wouldn't consider it NOS. Does look to have been a complete bike at some point that someone tore down without riding much or at all kinda interesting.
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Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
The frame looks very good condition yet I wouldn't consider it NOS. Does look to have been a complete bike at some point that someone tore down without riding much or at all kinda interesting.
It has some shop wear as would be expected for a frame sitting around for that long. The front and rear drops donít show any signs of having wheels on them at all and from what can see it doesnít show signs of ever being built but I could be wrong.

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It is in great condition and whether it is NOS with shop wear or previously built really doesn't matter much in my opinion. I also like the color. I know Celeste is all the rage but this color really pops in my opinion.

Regarding value, all I can say is the seller will likely get less than I think it is worth.
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Someone really ought to page @Bianchigirll for her take on this.
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Might have been one of the frames Bianchi kept in stock for warranty replacements and later sold off when newer frame models were introduced.
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Might have been one of the frames Bianchi kept in stock for warranty replacements and later sold off when newer frame models were introduced.
looking at thingís further it looks like the chrome under the fork crown isnít up to standards for Bianchi. Maybe this is why this frameset
went unbuilt?

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Columbus SL,....... Chrome at fork and both rear stays,
It's a pretty good one, IYAM.....
The only thing missing on the Bianchi fan checklist is the Celeste color.
But it doesn't hurt to be different from the crowd, once in a while....
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looking at thingís further it looks like the chrome under the fork crown isnít up to standards for Bianchi. Maybe this is why this frameset
went unbuilt?

I see no need to polish the chrome in that area. The brakes, when installed ,would render that area of the fork invisible. I doubt that was considered defective, and I certainly don't.
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That is an impressive Bianchi. All of the embossments are cool. Are the seat stay caps stickered or engraved?

Is this a possible alternate market Bianchi?
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That is an impressive Bianchi. All of the embossments are cool. Are the seat stay caps stickered or engraved?

Is this a possible alternate market Bianchi?
Engraved
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Iíve been through all the catalogs and other scans I can find online and canít find anything exactly matching this set. Is it possible that it was some sort of team frame or something? Iíve heard Bianchigirll is the authority on this stuff how do we send the beacon out to her lol.
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While near perfect and likely %100 original IMHO the robins egg blue is bit unique I can't really say I have seen this paint on another bike.
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Reparto Corsa indicates a top line frame set as that build is in a [size=13px]separate[/size] building specifically for custom and top end frame builds.
If built, I would have expected the cable to have removed some of the paint in the guides of the BB shell.
The HS looks like Super Record.
Nice find! I find it exceptional.
@Kevin537 How about a pic of the seat cluster, especially the stay caps?
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Nice Chromovelato from the race department, nice pantographing, definitely a worthy project.
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Iím having a hardtime parting with this one. I think I might just look at it for awhile before I sell it but something like this definitely needs to find its way back on the road. Iíll get some better pics this afternoon when I get home.
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Nice Chromovelato from the race department, nice pantographing, definitely a worthy project.
Cromovelato?
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I remember selling those when I was a Bianchi dealer. Only a few came into the US, all from Reparto Corsa, so threey are top line frames. Nobody could explain the color at the time, so likely just a whimsical choice or possibly a team color that were leftovers.
Wag guess I would say there were less than 1000 of these frames made and maybe 100 so made it there way to US bike dealers.
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Reparto Corsa indicates a top line frame set as that build is in a [size=13px]separate[/size] building specifically for custom and top end frame builds.
If built, I would have expected the cable to have removed some of the paint in the guides of the BB shell.
The HS looks like Super Record.
Nice find! I find it exceptional.
@Kevin537 How about a pic of the seat cluster, especially the stay caps?
Here are some more pics and for what itís worth going by the old bathroom scale method the frame, fork and headset weigh a combined 6.6 lbs.





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Honestly, this might be the coolest 80s Bianchi I have ever seen.
(1) The bottom bracket shell is pure art
(2) Chrome fork crown sculpted
(3) Love the stay caps

Is it around 53cm? Bianchis are tough to estimate. The head tubes are longer for their sizes...
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Beautiful bike. It looks like the Giro model in the 1985 catalog
1985 Bianchi catalog


This article about the Celeste or black Bianchi x4 shows the many of the same features. Is the tubing on your bike SLX with rifling inside the tubes at the bottom bracket?

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