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Help me identify this classic road bike frame (columbus riverniciato, engraved lugs)

Old 02-06-16, 06:23 AM
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Help me identify this classic road bike frame (columbus riverniciato, engraved lugs)

Hi! I just came across this nice road bike frame and I could not figure who made it. Maybe you can help me out?

It is a quite lightweight frame with some very nice details. Apparently it has been repainted by a paint shop or factory "approved" by Columbus (see "riverniciato" stickers). It has chromed forks and Gipiemme dropouts and some engravings as well but I can not figure what letter/logo is that (K? R? F?). The RGF bottom bracket shell made me think it was a french frame. It also has some "SHIMANO" decals but I don't think that is relevant.

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Any ideas?

Thanks!
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Old 02-06-16, 06:32 AM
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A picture of the complete bike and the headtube sticker would be useful. Or does the headtube sticker have nothing really to do with the manufacturer?
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Old 02-06-16, 06:49 AM
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These are all the pictures I have right now, sorry By the way the headtube sticker says "Shimano" so it's not very helpful...
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That looks like a Fiori model maybe. RGF BB, Columbus tubing and Gipiemme dropouts are a known combo for their bikes.

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Old 02-06-16, 12:37 PM
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Thanks for the tip but I could not really see the similarities between my frame and the Fiori bikes I just googled.
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The bottom bracket is English thread, so the frame is unlikely to be either French or Italian:



Perhaps an American builder?
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Old 02-07-16, 12:24 AM
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^Sharp eyes there, John D.T.!

The logo on the forkcrown and stay caps looks vaguely familiar, but I cannot place it...if you can get some sharp close-ups of that engraving it might jog something loose. BTW the RGF (Gargette Brothers) BB shell was made in France but very popular with British builders and made it's way to the USA and probably some other European builders, too, but not many Italians used them.

What country are you and bike located in?

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"Riverniciato" means the frame was repainted..... The tubing could most likely be SL....
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Thanks for the replies!
I bought the bike from Hungary, Europe but I don't know how it ended up here. It's origin country could be any European country. I don't think it came all the way down here from the US though.
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I have found out the manufacturer if any of you are interested! It's a Krabo. It's a small workshop in Bochum, Germany I understand.

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https://radpropaganda.org/wp-content/...nda-5k5sn8.jpg (see fork engraving)
https://www.velospace.org/files/DSC_1593.JPG
https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/hp...13784178_n.jpg

Anyways, I'm very glad it's identity has been revealed. Thank you for your help!
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Yep, That nails it, and interesting that the blue example has those weird headlugs that Long Shen copied from some obscure Italian originals (LS calls their model "Nash", who knows why). Seems like Krabo likes to use whatever frame bits come to hand, but yours looks to be a well-made frame.
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