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Old 06-18-24, 11:09 AM
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Marinoni - Is it worth it?

What do you guys think of this Marinoni bike for $800 Canadian dollars ( $580 USD ). It is probably 80's with Campagnolo Mirage 9 speed groupset. It is made of Columbus Brain tubing in excellent condition and just my size. Thanks.




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Long have I been a fan of Marinoni. Best guess is that a dozen have come my way, over the years. As far as I am concerned, the OP's opportunity to purchase that bike is a more than fair deal. If you wanted to buy it from me, I would not let it go for under $1000 CND (I am also a Canadian).

My first Marinoni set me back $500 US many years ago...


Many others have come and gone, but two remain in my little stable, and one is up for sale on Facebook right now (asking $700 CND) but it is not as nice as the one presented by the OP...


The other one in my stable is not for sale. This is what vintage road biking is all about, in my opinion...


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That seams to be right in there, I saw usd $900 on the local Craigslist. Not a real good deal, but I donít think itís excessive for what have seen

This is gonna be a screaming deal for a friend of Master 66, well if it fits that is.
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That frame set is, I believe, a Marinoni Turismo. set up for cantilever brakes, unless it is a newer version, then V-Brakes would be fitted. Pretty darn good Marinoni, in my opinion.
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My Marinoni Special is one of my favorite lugged steel bikes. Stiff but comfortable and a great handler. And hand built by a world champion himself.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa
That frame set is, I believe, a Marinoni Turismo. set up for cantilever brakes, unless it is a newer version, then V-Brakes would be fitted. Pretty darn good Marinoni, in my opinion.
You are correct 👍, made of Columbus SLX. It came with Diacomp cantilever with a balance of Campy Mirage 8sp groupings
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Brain is a little heavier material but rides nice. Sport tour type frame should be good on longer rides. Used bikes usually have a markup to absorb a fair offer.
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To the Op this is size bike price wise if your size small close to 5ft4 or so great bike up to $500 or so if not your size pass
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Pretty nice Marinoni, a little pricey but if it fits and it is not your rent money go for it.
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Sweet ride, pull the trigger.

Yes, I can attest Marinoni paid attention when building their bikes, they're beautifully done. Unfortunately, I experienced one of the worst days I've spent on a bike on my Marinoni, but it had nothing to do with the bike and rather the unreasonable expectations of its rider, 🙂.

Connie Carpenter-PhConnie thought highly enough of hers to ride it to an Olympic hold medal in 1984.

Enjoy your bike.
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Living as I do in the Montreal area, I find that Marinoni to be somewhat overpriced, but then it is so easy to find one here. The bike looks to be in good shape, but the Mirage group is fairly far down in the Campagnolo lineup. When I joined the cycling club I belong to 25 years ago I would say that at least 1/3 of the 500 club members were riding Marinonis. I know one guy who has at least a dozen gathering dust in his basement. It would be hard to ask $800 for it where I live
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Originally Posted by alcjphil
Living as I do in the Montreal area, I find that Marinoni to be somewhat overpriced, but then it is so easy to find one here. The bike looks to be in good shape, but the Mirage group is fairly far down in the Campagnolo lineup. When I joined the cycling club I belong to 25 years ago I would say that at least 1/3 of the 500 club members were riding Marinonis. I know one guy who has at least a dozen gathering dust in his basement. It would be hard to ask $800 for it where I live
This is a point well taken. I totally agree that location dramatically impacts vintage bike value. As I recall, the vintage bike market was doing OK, a few years back. Put another way, I can't suggest a price. However...

That bike is in great shape and does sport a quality, not top quality, but a quality component group, none the less. Great shape, very well made frame and fork set, cosmetically or 9 out of ten. Pretty hard to find a new bike, that offers as much, for the asking price, these days. Would I pay that much if there were no bargaining option? Probably and I am pretty darn cheap. And, I paid more for my most recently purchased Marinoni than I have ever paid for any other vintage road bike. And I am not even a fan of purple...



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Thank you all for your candid and honest responses. I did thought about this a lot and I think I am going to dive into it. I think the asking price is a little on the high side but I agree with the comment that the price of these vintage bikes is dependent on geography and availability ( less in the east coast of Canada especially in Quebec province where Marinoni originated ). Here is where I am at right now. I stand 5 feet 5.5 inches and I presently own a 1983 Marinoni Special ( please check the photo below ). My Marinoni is only 48cm but I ride it and is what I use when I go ride with my friends weekends. I own other steel bikes and I find that I am most comfortable with size 50 cm so this 51cm Marinoni would be about perfect.

Marinoni bikes being less common in my neck of the woods ( Edmonton, Alberta ) and this size also being less common not only here but anywhere. makes this a bit of a rare opportunity for me to get one of my size and an ok price as well. Thanks again for your responses and opinions. They help validate my decision and I appreciate it very much.

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You are going to love the bike. Get it, ride it for a while and report back with your ride experience feelings. Should prove interesting.
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Originally Posted by gsulit@shaw.ca
Thank you all for your candid and honest responses. I did thought about this a lot and I think I am going to dive into it. I think the asking price is a little on the high side but I agree with the comment that the price of these vintage bikes is dependent on geography and availability ( less in the east coast of Canada especially in Quebec province where Marinoni originated ). Here is where I am at right now. I stand 5 feet 5.5 inches and I presently own a 1983 Marinoni Special ( please check the photo below ). My Marinoni is only 48cm but I ride it and is what I use when I go ride with my friends weekends. I own other steel bikes and I find that I am most comfortable with size 50 cm so this 51cm Marinoni would be about perfect.

Marinoni bikes being less common in my neck of the woods ( Edmonton, Alberta ) and this size also being less common not only here but anywhere. makes this a bit of a rare opportunity for me to get one of my size and an ok price as well. Thanks again for your responses and opinions. They help validate my decision and I appreciate it very much.
That is purdy. I love the color choices for accents.
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I say go for it, seems like you have a good idea of exactly what you want and this fits the bill. That in itself is quite valuable.
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Nice bike. I've been wanting a Marinoni for a while. Haven't found one in my size... yet...
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