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Old 12-09-15, 12:45 PM
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Italvega question

I found a really nice gran turismo, Green with chrome lugs. I was curious about the originality of the components. Front and rear derailleur are Valentino and the cranks are Stronglight. Along with a Brooks saddle it kinda seems like an odd set up. The bike is in beautiful condition and I'm picking it up next week.
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While the Italvega Gran Turismo was before my time and I'm not familiar it with specifically, that's hardly an unusual set up for that time period. Very typical in fact. I recall working on old Valentino derailleurs fairly often at my LBS job in the early 80s. Perhaps someone more familiar with '70s Italvegas will chime in.
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hello sloar,

i owned a green gran turismo also. it hailed from somewhere near 1973 and came fitted with cottered steel chainset, valentino gears, universal 61 brakes, 3ttt touriste stem/bar set and sheffield pedals. wheels had gnutti hubs and fiamme yellow label rims.

frame was columbus tretubi with stamped ends, half chrome blades and stays, chrome crown.

i certainly enjoyed mine, although i did replace most of the fittings.

does this sound like yours?

ben lawee offered them from about 1972-75 ('76 was the univega launch).

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Yes it does, chrome flat fork crown and chrome headtube lugs. Mainly I'm questioning the Stronglight cranks.
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Originally Posted by sloar View Post
Yes it does, chrome flat fork crown and chrome headtube lugs. Mainly I'm questioning the Stronglight cranks.

what model are the stronglight cranks?

if they are model 52 i would not be surprised.

the next model up the italvega line, the nuovo record, came with stronglight 49d at this time.

if they are an alloy cotterless model they would represent an upgrade from what was there o.e.m..
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Valentino derailleurs (named after Tullio's son, and appropriately considered the Edsel of bicycle components) would have been correct.
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