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Rigi made in Italy, RARE steel frame?

Old 09-25-14, 03:06 PM
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Rigi made in Italy, RARE steel frame?



What is this steel frame worth? it's 63cm. I can't seem to find any information on this frame. I'm 6'4 and love riding this bike. I believe it's a custom built frame and has a value of around $5000 - $2000

Thanks to all who join in the chat on this very interesting bike.

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Originally Posted by rigi


What is this steel frame worth? it's 63cm. I can't seem to find any information on this frame. I'm 6'4 and love riding this bike. I believe it's a custom built frame and has a value of around $5000 - $2000

Thanks to all who join in the chat on this very interesting bike.

peace
While this is not a bad looking bike...I do not think it is worth any where what you are saying.

If it was custom built, then whomever did the painting did a rough job...particularly based on the one picture that I quoted...it looks like it was done by hand with a paint brush...pretty rough. What I can see of the frame is pretty solid...but not the most fantastic...

Now, since you enjoy it...that is the most important thing...enjoy riding it...
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More like $500 - $200.
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I believe BianchiGirl has one of these and may chime in. That looks like a badly done repaint on a decent quality frame. It's probably worth a few hundred dollars. Understand that rarity alone does not make a frame valuable.

Edit: I just noticed the seat tube. Weird!

Edit: I'm assuming you saw this: https://www.classicrendezvous.com/Italy/RIGI_main.htm

Edit: Also several other threads on it here: https://www.google.com/search?q=rigi...ed=0CFsQrQIwCg
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I agree with the paint job it's not the best, but if it is original I wanted to keep it that way. Thank you so much for the links I was not able to find a Rigi on the market anywhere. Does anyone have any info on a frame like this that has sold in the last year? I tried going back a full year on eBay but nothing popped up. The set tube is a very unique part of this bike for sure.
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Doubt if paint is original. I have no issue with hand painted details, but that is amateurish at best.
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Front Hub White Industries H2,Front Skewer Campagnolo,Front Rim Velocity Deep V,White Industries Erics Eccentric Disc ENO Rear Hub,Rear Rim Velocity Deep V,Cranks Sugino & BB 75 175,Peddles MKS Sylvan,Suntour Superbe Pro Breaks F/B,S&M Saddle,Headset Shimano 600,Cannondale brake levers.
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Originally Posted by rigi
Front Hub White Industries H2,Front Skewer Campagnolo,Front Rim Velocity Deep V,White Industries Erics Eccentric Disc ENO Rear Hub,Rear Rim Velocity Deep V,Cranks Sugino & BB 75 175,Peddles MKS Sylvan,Suntour Superbe Pro Breaks F/B,S&M Saddle,Headset Shimano 600,Cannondale brake levers.
A real mish-mash of parts. What you have is an interesting frame with limited appeal. Not worth anywhere near what you were hoping. Anyone investing in it will want to have it stripped and repainted and then rebuilt with appropriate components. That in itself is going to cost a pretty penny. I get the sense you are wanting to sell it. There is a sub-forum on here to do that. See what interest you get there.
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Originally Posted by TugaDude
A real mish-mash of parts. What you have is an interesting frame with limited appeal. Not worth anywhere near what you were hoping. Anyone investing in it will want to have it stripped and repainted and then rebuilt with appropriate components. That in itself is going to cost a pretty penny. I get the sense you are wanting to sell it. There is a sub-forum on here to do that. See what interest you get there.

I'm considering selling. I've bought and sold bikes on eBay before.
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I'm placing this bike on the bay today.
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I pretty much agree with the other that paint, at least the headbadge repainting it not original. I also think your price is unrealistic at $1000 because it is not a real track bike and to make it back into a road bike you need a pretty special front derailleur.

This one looks a lot different than mine having that rolled headbadge and different, maybe nicer, dropouts. I know Bicycle Parts Pacific brought then in around '79 - 81ish but whether this is an early or late model I have no idea. They didn't bring many in but I would not call it rare.

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Here is some info from the importer.


the parts kit for the complete bike was a mix.

BICYCLING! Magazine 1981 Test Bike Specs RIGI
Imported by: Bicycle Parts Pacific
5841 Mission Gorge Road, Suite A0 San Diego, CA 92120

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE:
Bare frame; $635.00
All stainless steel frame; $775.00
Complete bicycles;
Criterium model with Columbus frame; $1,299.00
Super Criterium model with stainless steel frame; $1,896.00

SIZES AVAILABLE:
50, 51, 53-55, 57-60 centimeters.
Bike tested, 58 centimeters (23inches).

WEIGHT:
19 pounds, 5 ounces, Bare frame, w/o fork, 4 pounds, 1 1/2ounces.
Fork only, 1 pound, 8 ounces.

FRAME
Columbus double-butted tubing with stainless steel fork. Rigi vertical dropouts, water bottle bosses on down tube, pump peg underneath top tube, and full sloping fork crew.

Wheelbase.....................37 1/2 inches
Top tube .......................22 1/2 inches

Chainstays ....................14 1/2 inches'
Head tube angle.............77 1/2 degrees
Seat tube angle .............78 1/4 inches
Bottom bracket height ...10 1/4 inches
Fork rake....................... 1 1/2 inches
Trail .............................. 1 3/8 inches
Note: Our test bike was supplied with hubs, crank set, and bottom bracket spindle by OMAS. Bicycle Parts Pacific now supplies the bike with Galli components in these areas.

WHEELS
Rims .........Super Champion Record du Monde (310 grams each)
Hubs .........OMAS low-flange, QR
Spoking ....36 spokes, 15 gauge, cross-four
Tires ..........Wolber Neo Pro tubulars (Presta valves)

DRIVE TRAIN
Derailleurs ........ Gian Roberts front with special clamp for Rigi split seat tube; Galli Criterium rear
Shift Levers........ Galli friction-style down tube
Chain .................Sedisport

Crank set ........... OMAS with titanium sealed-bearing bottom bracket spindle
Crank arm length ..... 170 millimeters
Freewheel ........ Suntour Winner 5-speed

COMPONENTS
Pedals ...... Galli black quill pedals with Galli large toe clips and Christophe straps
Seatpost ....... TTT one-bolt micro-adjust, 27.2 mm diameter, 180 mm length
Saddle ....... TTT SL vinyl with suede cover and thin foam padding
Handlebars ... Maes bend, engraved, 41 cm wide, 8.5 cm stem; white cloth tape
Brakes ......... Galli Criterium side pull brakes with drilled levers and gum rubber lever hoods.
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Originally Posted by rigi
I'm placing this bike on the bay today.
IMO, you will do better if you part it out rather than sell it whole.
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I just sold a 56 cm frame and fork for $300 on eBay - frame a bit too big for me.
Threw in a $75 alloy headset and had to pay shipping, and the paint was much nicer on mine.
On Bay Area CL I had one guy sniffing around the deal for $200. Sad.
Stamped head tube logo with matching fork crown logos says yours is a later rather than earlier model.

But, you get hooked on how responsive and nimble these darn things are. I still have two, neither is for sale...
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From what I have been able to find out, the very first Rigi frames were fillet-brazed with no lug work at all.
Some were stainless steel instead of Columbus tubing - the SS fillet-brazed ones apparently quite rare, especially if a track version.
Rigi then went to lugged frames with crappy water-slide non-logo decals on the head and seat tubes. Fork crowns have the logo off the BB in a circle.
The next (third?) iteration had the Rigi circular logo stamped into the head tube, but still with the older Rigi logo on the fork crown in a circle.
The stamped-in logos in some cases apparently weakened the head tube (I've seen collapsed ones selling on eBay)
This frame has matched head-tube and fork crown logos, apparently the final (fourth?) version of this unique frame.
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Best of luck, but I will be shocked if you get your opening bid on ebay: Rigi Bicycle RARE Fixed 63cm Campagnolo Suntour Sugino White Industries Velocity | eBay
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