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Need help on value of 1997 Bianchi Team custom lugged cyclocross bike

Old 05-13-12, 07:25 AM
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Need help on value of 1997 Bianchi Team custom lugged cyclocross bike

I am looking at making a trade with a gentleman for a bike he has, and frankly I don't know the market well enough to determine a fair value for his bike.

He has a 1997 60cm Bianchi frameset that is purportedly a hand-built Team Cyclocross (Reparto Corse) that is lugged and built with Dedaccai zero uno steel tubing. It's celeste in color and is built up with 9-speed Campy chorus with racing triple cranks, sun rims and barcon shifters. He will set it up with ergo's instead of the barcons if I prefer, and the stem, bars and saddle are also items he will accomodate changes to.

My question is whether or not the description of the frameset sounds legit as described (I don't have pictures yet but will inspect it in person this coming week) and if so assuming a build up with ergos and just relatively run-of-the-mill bars, stem, saddle, what sort of value should I be placing on the bike? I know it's been ridden but the gentleman is a framebuilder and knows his way around bikes so I know it's been properly maintained. I am expecting minimal wear on the components.

Any insight would be most helpful and I promise that if I get it I will post multiple pictures.
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Old 05-13-12, 08:14 AM
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The quick answer to your question is yes there was a '97 RC built 'cross frame w/ Dedaccai Zero tubing but the catalog does not say anything about a team designation. So the frame is a describe and I feel the seller may just be a bit confused with the whole RC thing.

As to the value, that would be heavily dependant on the condition of the bike overall. was it used for 'cross and beat up? was it used on the road and babied. Since this a nice frame and there are not many of them I would say somewhere in the $550 - 600 range.
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Bianchigirll, thanks for responding, I was hoping you might chime in since you're the recognized resident expert on all things Bianchi. Front what I know of the bike it was never used competitively for CX, but rather it did live a realtively easy life on the street. I was wondering about the team designation because I couldn't seem to turn up any references to it either.

Am I correct that you were talking about the value of the frameset itself, or were you referring to the entire bike as (admittedly vaguely) described? The seller claimed that the original build cost was around $4000.

Since this is a lugged frame would it also have a brazed/crown fork or a welded unilug originally from Bianchi? I know he purchased it as a complete frameset and then built it up with the campagnolo chorus gruppo.

The other question that comes to mind is if there is any relative weight limit for this frame? I'm a 6'2" clydesdale, currently around 230lbs but working to get my weight down to around 200-205 this summer.

Again, thanks for the insight, I really do appreciate it! If I look at it this coming week I will take some photos with my iphone and will post them here for reference.

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I was thinking of the whole shebang. $4000 in '97? I bought a '99 Ti frame and kit from a different supplier and at cost I barely paid 2000 wish I think would make the the bike lik $3000 retail at the most. $k new sounds like alot to to me.

the value is all about condition. can you get some good pics? Like I mentioned earlier did he actually race with it or just ride it on te road and rail trails a few times a week? see if you can get some pics and hopefuly others will chime in soon.
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I thought $4000 seemed excessive, but not knowing Bianchi's or italian bikes in general I was keeping an open mind about it. I'll get some pictures if I go look at is this coming week and I'll be sure to post them here. I agree condition is everything in this case, particularly given the replacement cost of some of the campy components if worn or damaged in any substantial way. Thanksa gain for your expertise.
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