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The X factor: Show us your bikes built with Columbus SLX, SPX and TSX tubing

Old 04-06-16, 12:36 PM
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Two bikes made from tubes you wouldn't expect:

Tommasini Super Prestige built out of Columbus SPX tubes





Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra made out of Columbus TSX tubes

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I have a fair bit of SL and later nivachrome, but not much TSX/SLX. It's probably my least favorite period for steel.

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Couple of mid 80's De Rosa bikes, the only bikes I have that are SLX.
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1987 Guerciotti -- SLX with C-Record

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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
I have a fair bit of SL and later nivachrome, but not much TSX/SLX. It's probably my least favorite period for steel.

That is a sweet looking bike!
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs
That is a sweet looking bike!
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The Serotta Nova Special X was built in Columbus SPX during the 1980's.















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When you're bombing downhill, do those brake cables flap your cheeks?
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv
Such a great assortment of bikes. It sounds like you miss the Simoncini a little more than some of the others.
Yes, I do. I had an '89 Montello, mint, with 2x8 Synro II, and it was marvelous, but I rode it maybe 1/4 mile and sold it to a collector before the decals started to bid adieu and that would have broken my heart.
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When you're bombing downhill, do those brake cables flap your cheeks?
No flapping. I shortened the housings soon after these pictures were taken. Now a beer can just passes between the handlebar and housings.

The Serotta is an excellent Dairyland Dare bike and has helped me complete a 150km.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
the Super Corsa was the most agressive, and the Corsa Extra and De Rosa were like riding the same well-mannered smoothie.
Can you elaborate ("aggressive" meaning racy?)? I have a Supercorsa (which is great) but am also on the hunt for either a Corsa Extra or a De Rosa (or both), so your experience with all three is of considerable interest to me.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
I have a fair bit of SL and later nivachrome, but not much TSX/SLX. It's probably my least favorite period for steel.

Ooh, that's pretty. Curious as to why you prefer SL to SLX.
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Mine.

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Originally Posted by velofinds
Ooh, that's pretty. Curious as to why you prefer SL to SLX.
It's not that I prefer SL to SLX, it's that I prefer the pre-SLX era and the nivachrome eras.
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Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra built from SLX which belonged to a pro rider form Belgium called Marnus Cappelle.
Bought the frame when I was back home in the UK and dragged it back to Australia where I built it up with 7400.

Lovely bike bike but I just sold it and replaced it with an MX Leader.
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1987-ish De Rosa Professional with SLX

2x9 Campagnola Chorus drivetrain, shifters and brakes. Chorus hubs with Velocity A23 rims. 700x28 Vittorio Corsa G+ tires. NOS S. Marco Concor genuine suede saddle.








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DeRosa Nuovo Classico...TSX tubing. This is one of those bikes that just hits all of the marks....
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DeRosa Professional...SLX tubing
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Originally Posted by El Chaba
DeRosa Nuovo Classico...TSX tubing. This is one of those bikes that just hits all of the marks....
I've got one of those I'm just waiting to build up.
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1988 Masi Nuova Strada - SLX-SP (because it's a tall frame). Very recently built back up again. The ride is so very smooth, and it's almost immediately apparent, especially after riding other steel. Good response out of the saddle, ready-when-you-are steering. I love this bike!

HT/ST angles: 74.6° / 73.7° as measured with an iPhone app (it measures well to other bikes).

Full 7400 Dura-Ace (ok...cartridge bearing Shimano Italian-threaded BB, Tange Levin headset), Mavic MA40 rims, 7400 12-19T 7-speed nearly-straight-block freewheel (53/42T 'rings up front), Michelin Hi-Lite Supercomp HD 700x23, Cinelli 105mm stem and 64-42 bars.



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Well I've shared these before but I'll post them here too.

First is the 90ish Greg LeMond Maillot Jaune made with TSX:





Next is the 1987 Schwinn Paramount that's had a repaint and some upgrades. These were SLX in this size but they put a SL decal on after the repaint.





Finally is my De Rosa, still waiting a build





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Originally Posted by El Chaba
DeRosa Professional...SLX tubing
Beautiful!

Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel
1988 Masi Nuova Strada - SLX-SP (because it's a tall frame). Very recently built back up again. The ride is so very smooth, and it's almost immediately apparent, especially after riding other steel. Good response out of the saddle, ready-when-you-are steering. I love this bike!

HT/ST angles: 74.6° / 73.7° as measured with an iPhone app (it measures well to other bikes).

Full 7400 Dura-Ace (ok...cartridge bearing Shimano Italian-threaded BB, Tange Levin headset), Mavic MA40 rims, 7400 12-19T 7-speed nearly-straight-block freewheel (53/42T 'rings up front), Michelin Hi-Lite Supercomp HD 700x23, Cinelli 105mm stem and 64-42 bars.



SPX and SLX blend and Dura Ace indexed 7-speed! Perfect!
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My Mondonico "Diamond" with SLX at the reservoir. I'm not rich enough to buy a DA groupset for it, but it has an 8 speed 600 tricolor full groupset on it (even the BB.)



EDIT: The bars have since been fixed... less of an angle now. Picture was taken right after I finished building it and I had the bars wrong.
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv
SPX and SLX blend and Dura Ace indexed 7-speed! Perfect!
Thank you!

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My Mondonico "Diamond" with SLX at the reservoir. I'm not rich enough to buy a DA groupset for it, but it has an 8 speed 600 tricolor full groupset on it (even the BB.)

EDIT: The bars have since been fixed... less of an angle now. Picture was taken right after I finished building it and I had the bars wrong.
600 Tricolor was some great stuff, and really pretty, too, in my opinion. Looks like you spent the extra money for DA on important things like really nice tires and a nice frame. It's a bit of an embarrassment of riches living in the PNW, and Dura-Ace can and does pop up more often and for non-extortionist prices. I purposefully built up a bike with 600 Tricolor and thoroughly enjoy it. Looks super nice as well, that dark grey.

What angle did you move the bar in? The bars look like Cinellis or similar, and the brifter angles look fine/fine enough to me. If anything, angling the bars down and sliding the brifters up (to end up with the same angle as started) would set the look straight. Old bars and brifters are always a tricky thing. Beautiful bike regardless!
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