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Old 02-18-13, 08:05 PM
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Bianchi project cross?

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Stopped by my LBS and the owner showed me a nice Bianchi he had in he back. It was a frame he built for a client 10-15 years before, he wasn't sure. It seems the owner traded i in on a new bike and the owner has had it for a while. They had it labeled as a Mega Pro L- which I think is the chromoly tubing. It is tig welded and it doesn't have any name per se but does say Reparto Corse, which seems to have been a good thing at one time, but have read it was put on a lot of bikes for marketing pop. It is pearly celeste color, cantilever brakes, 8 speed campy build, set up forcommuing with fenders. My size, but ill need a shorter, higher stem. Thinking would make a good gravel/rough road bike. Looks like will fit 32's with the fenders that are on it and bigger without fenders. He is pricing it @ $400, which I think is a deal. Can this be a "project cross" bike I have seen mentioned on a couple of sites?
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Old 02-18-13, 08:07 PM
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Without being able to see it, that sounds like a reasonable price. You don't see bikes like this everyday.
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I agree with Jake if it is a Reparto Corse than $400 is likely a good deal pending condition.

In the mid '90s Bianchi made some nice CycloCross frames in the Reparto Corse catagory. I'll have to research but I don't think any came as comeplete bike.

A Bianchi Project bike is different from a cyclocross bike. The Project bikes were in the normal lineup and were 700c wheeled mountain bikes, not cross bikes but mountain bikes.

Can you get a few good pics?
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
A Bianchi Project bike is different from a cyclocross bike. The Project bikes were in the normal lineup and were 700c wheeled mountain bikes, not cross bikes but mountain bikes.
The OP is probably referring to a Bianchi Cross Project cyclocross bike.
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Originally Posted by ish
The OP is probably referring to a Bianchi Cross Project cyclocross bike.
OH Right any idea what year?
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Old 02-21-13, 08:38 PM
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Sounds like my bike.

I couldn't find much info, but I am lead to believe it was sold as a reparto corse frameset. If it is the same as mine, $400 is a steal (in my opinion)

i would love to see fork pictures, mine is a Curt Goodrich.



Edit: I'm not sure if bianchi used a liberal definition, but mine is decaled "reparto corse handmade in Italy" just like the pro team frames of the era.
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Old 02-21-13, 08:53 PM
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As far as info, I believe they were made in the late 90s just before the switch to 1 1/8th steerers and alloy frames.

earlier models from the early-mid 90s used traditional lugged tubing and tend to bring more money. The framesets routinely bring $500+

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bianchi-Repa...item3a7e8bb620

If it is the same model as mine, it is a pretty flexible bike. Not only will it fit cross tires and/or fenders, but the semi-horizontal dropouts allow you to run single speed or gears. I addition, no brake adjustment is required when changing the chain tension.
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Old 02-22-13, 09:18 AM
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Here are a few pictures- I did buy it, looks like exactly wht I wanted. Seat has bee lowered for easier transport and bars will need a higher orientation.
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I will get some fork pictures tonight. Mine does look like your bike.
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i would love to see fork pictures, mine is a Curt Goodrich.



Edit: I'm not sure if bianchi used a liberal definition, but mine is decaled "reparto corse handmade in Italy" just like the pro team frames of the era.[/QUOTE]
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Old 02-22-13, 10:07 AM
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Odd, mine doesn't have rack bosses. Mine also says reparto corse on the top tube

Its too small on my mobile, but is that chorus 8? If so, you got a killer deal.
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Old 02-22-13, 10:23 AM
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The group is a chorus 8, but has a tiagra front derailler and Alivio canti brakes hat actually look really good. I do not know how to make the pics larger, sorry.
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Old 02-23-13, 07:11 AM
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The pics are too big to open so I can't see much detail. Fromwhat little I can see I think the frame is right around a '99 Cycle-cross Mega Pro L, megapro refering to the shape/profile of the DT and L refering to it is a Lite frame as opposed to a XL xtrarlite like Alloy or Ti. This would have been offered as frame only in the '99 catalog I don't reference to 'kits' being available from Bianchi


The rack and fender eyelets give a hint to the versatility of this frame.




Where does the 'cross project' part come in?
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Do you know why his has rack eyelets and mine only has fender eyelets? Is that just a year difference? Other than that and the decals, they seem the same.
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I suspect they just left them off to make it racier.
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Old 02-23-13, 10:00 AM
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The frame has only 1 set of rack/fender eyelets. The rear fender and rack are doubled up on the eyelet.
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No ThirdGenBird is asking why his frame lacks the rack mounts up on the top of the seatstays, and only have the eyes on the dropout.

So any word on the 'cross project' thing? Any better pics?
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Here are some more pictures. I hope they are easier to see. I got cross project from cyclofiend.com cross bike section. There are a couple of similar bikes there. Both project cross and cross project were named. So far I am really liking the bike, too much snow to ride now. Here are a few more pictures including the fork.
Thanks for the help.
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Nice! It looks lie the decals and upper rack bosses are the only real difference in our frames.

I've got nearly set same stack of spacers under my headset lock nut. I thought the PO made the steerer longer, but it looks like he may have just replicated the factory setup.
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Great looking Bianchi, the graphics match my '99 MegaPro Ti XL spot on.



Is that a threaded HS? They have a Project? any idea what number? Where is this mystery shop?
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Any one know which BB suit for 1996 Bianchi Cross Project USA Cyclocross bike (Reparto Corse series)? I have tried Shimano Square Italian, but too tight to fit. Campy BB is smaller than Shimano? I thought that diameter is all same though.
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