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Old 11-30-14, 09:50 PM
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1990 Bianchi AXIS - originality and value

I just bought this Bianchi AXIS made in Japan, the seller gave me even the receipt (was 630$)
It is a 1990 model, Sierra Blue color, frame size 55 cm.
Tange CR-Mo double butted tubing,
Shimano STX rear derailleur and Suntour Top Pull front derailleur
Sakae XHybrid bars
Nitto Dynamic II stem
Sakae SX crank set and pedals
Dia Compe 986 brakes and Suntour GPX brake levers
Araya VX 400 rims (700C)
What should be the value of the bike (it is a 9 of 10, some small scratches, no rust, only dust as is now)
No pics yet
I thought that it is an italian made bike, not Japan?!?

thanks, Marius
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Old 12-01-14, 06:06 PM
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Old 12-01-14, 06:54 PM
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Bianchi Girl is the real one to ask here...but...

As a rider, I would go for about 150...seems like a fair and solid price to me...let's see how far off I am when the real experts weigh in! :-)
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Old 12-01-14, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Not Italian and not original. Does not look like a 9 to me, needs quite a bit of love. Still, its a nice bike.
I thought the company is from Italy. The bike is made in Japan.
I cannot see the catalog scan, too small.
It is made with Suntour components, right?
Which components are not original?
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Old 12-01-14, 10:35 PM
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Originally Posted by marius.suiram View Post
I thought the company is from Italy.
Bianchi is an Italian company, but that doesn't mean all their bikes are built there. Like just about every other major bike company, Bianchi has outsourced some amount of their frame construction to Asian manufacturers.
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Old 12-02-14, 04:32 AM
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still don't know which parts are wrong...
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Originally Posted by SkyDog75 View Post
Bianchi is an Italian company, but that doesn't mean all their bikes are built there. Like just about every other major bike company, Bianchi has outsourced some amount of their frame construction to Asian manufacturers.
You probably know this, but to the OP, in that era and pricepoint it's a good thing it's a Japanese frame IMO, much better build quality than all but the best Italian offerings. I think its a solid $150-200 due to being a steel framed canti bike with fender mounts. Very versatile bike.
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Old 12-02-14, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by marius.suiram View Post
still don't know which parts are wrong...
google "Bianchi catalogues," click on link, go to 1990 year, and look at Axis specs. that will show you what it originally came with. i assume the rear derailleur is not original because they wouldnt mix suntour and shimano derailleurs.

As to value, the only real noteworthy thing about it is the suntour power shifters (they sell for a pretty penny on ebay). still, the bike was mid tier in the bianchi range so i dont see it being worth a fortune.
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Old 12-02-14, 08:30 AM
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Nice Axis. Yes Bianchi is an Italian company but it had and still has a lot of bikes built in the orient, lately like everyone else China.

I need to fish out the catalog but I think other than the STX rear derailleur is looks pretty stock to me, but stock isn't always a good thing. If the tires and chain are stock that means they very likely need replaced.

It might be the rainy day pics but I have to agree with the other the condition doesn't look like a 9. The water makes it hard to tell what is water drops and what is scrapes and dings in the paint. I would suspect this bike needs a complete overhaul which if the potential buyer can' do it themselves would cost them an additional $100 to 150 plus, I honestly have no idea a real overhaul cost these days. Add to the afore mentioned tires $20+ ea and chain $10+/- and now tha buyer is out of pocket almost $200 after buying it. Oh I almost forgot. If the chain is really stretched/worn and the freewheel needs replaced that can add another $50+ to the refurbishment cost if the new owner can find one.

I think somewhere between $150-200 seems right for the condition and location for this time of year.

In its day this was a pretty nice bike but most Bianchi collectors/enthusiast are more interested in the older real Italian bikes rather than these 'cross bikes, so its value is pretty much as a rider.

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[QUOTE=Bianchigirll;17355765]

I need to fish out the catalog but I think other than the STX rear derailleur is looks pretty stock to me



When you will find that catalog, maybe you can tell me about the rear derailleur(a Suntour probably, maybe through my boxes of parts I can find the original one).
The catalog from internet has the pages so small I can not read them.
I know it is not a collectible bike, but I am just curios what is your opinion, guys.
thanks for all the info
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Old 12-02-14, 02:56 PM
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The OEM Rd was indeed a Suntour XCD but frankly if the STX is functioning properly I would leave it there, it likely shifts and runs smoother that the XCD did.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
The OEM Rd was indeed a Suntour XCD but frankly if the STX is functioning properly I would leave it there, it likely shifts and runs smoother that the XCD did.

one more thing: is it a 21 speed bike?
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Sure is it should have a 12-30 7spd Suntour cassette on it.
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Sure is it should have a 12-30 7spd Suntour cassette on it.
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I cleaned it a little bit and new pictures
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I picked up this '89 Axis within the last year for my wife but but she decided she wasn't going to ride it so I sold it. She doesn't have the N + 1 philosophy. I paid $150 and sold it for $325. I would say your's would be worth a bit less in a less bike crazed city and since it isn't celeste.

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Originally Posted by rjhammett View Post
I picked up this '89 Axis within the last year for my wife but but she decided she wasn't going to ride it so I sold it. She doesn't have the N + 1 philosophy. I paid $150 and sold it for $325. I would say your's would be worth a bit less in a less bike crazed city and since it isn't celeste.

The time of the year is not good for bike sale, but the area where I live is crazy for bikes.
I sold this year regular Raleighs for 150...180 and Schwinns for 150. I posted for 280, let's see if somebody is interested.
Anyway I paid only 40 on it.
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