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Old 07-17-15, 12:28 AM
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Bought this Bianchi Eros for 280$ the other day. Is this a good deal? It has many different components on it. I believe the bike is mid to late 1990's but Im having problems dating it. Also I can't find any other Eros with this color scheme is it a one off? Thinking about taking it mostly back to stock but from what I understand the Mirage Campy components are not as good as the "upgraded" ones now on the bike. let me know what you guys think.
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Old 07-17-15, 12:31 AM
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Old 07-17-15, 12:35 AM
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Old 07-17-15, 01:25 AM
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Woah, what the heck.....is that a lugged cromo bike with welded lugs, or are my eyes deceiving me?

Odd top tube cable guides. The fork is disconcerting. and odd paintjob too- never seen bianchi do that.

Others would know better, but things dont add up to me. I dont think this is a Bianchi.

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Old 07-17-15, 01:51 AM
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could be a lesson learned on this one
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looks similar no? Vintage Bianchi Eros Campione Del Mondo 48cm Frame and Fork | eBay
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Bianchi did those quasi TIG/Brazed lugs as a alternative to using butted tubes. The lugged sections are their butted sections and the tubing is just straight gauge tubing. Viola...a sort of poor man's doubles butted tubing. Probably cheaper and quicker then dealing with lugs or actual double butted tubing.

I had a Nyala with this style frame construction. Came only on the lower and mid level models I believe and called the "Superlug".

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Bianchi did those quasi TIG/Brazed lugs as a alternative to using butted tubes. The lugged sections are their butted sections and the tubing is just straight gauge tubing. Viola...a sort of poor man's doubles butted tubing. Probably cheaper and quicker then dealing with lugs or actual double butted tubing.

I had a Nyala with this style frame construction. Came only on the lower and mid level models I believe and called the "Superlug".
Henry So you think this is a true Bianchi? Any Idea on the vintage?
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I'm a 100% sure it's a Bianchi but the fork is an aftermarket aluminum kinesis. I'm guessing mid early 90s but for an exact year I couldn't give you. It may be from another country perhaps of why you don't see it in the catalog your looking at? Maybe a Canadian model?
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Where to start here.......... First off this bike was not the later Eros that had Mirage components. Pics of the components or a list of them would help tell whats what.

This is a '94 Eros built in the Orient. The "Super Lug" frame was built with tange (like the badge says) Double Butt tubing. The design of the SuperLugg was to increase lateral rigidity while not compromising vertical compliance or so the theory went. I am sure they also saved a tonne of money too.

This model came equipped with an RX100 triple group with DT shifters. The fork should have been a straight forward triple butted chromoly unicrown one. It almost looks like someone tried to turn this into a lighter weight racer rather than a sport tourer.
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An absolute mutt for sure. The term "franken-bike" also came to mind as I was combing your images. Good heavens. Was the goal to build a functional bike using no two parts from the same line?
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Those "lugs" are weird, but hey, if everything works, enjoy it! There are more important things when owning a bike than keeping it 100% original.
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If everything works okay and if it rides okay, who cares if nothing mathces.
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Thanks all for your reply's especially bianchigirll for being able to date the bike!!! I will ride it this way for a while it rides pretty well as is... Lol at paintitceleste yes the only things that match front to back are the brakes...

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It would be rather silly to counterfeit a mid-level Bianchi. Once they started building bulk in Asia, you see a lot of things you wouldn't associate with Bianchis of the 70s and 80s.

(Lol [MENTION=159681]Bianchigirll[/MENTION].. "the Orient" You're so old fashioned)
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