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'83 Bianchi Grizzly? ID help sought

Old 05-22-16, 12:26 PM
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'83 Bianchi Grizzly? ID help sought

Hi folks, picked up this Bianchi that had been left in the sun to bake and the rain to rust, and have been putting some time into fixing it up. I knew it was a quality bike just by looking at it, but had no idea about the specific model, until doing some research today. As far as I can gather, it seems to be an '83 Grizzly, which makes me very happy, since one of my fave bikes is an '86 Grizz. It is such a different bike in appearance (more ornate and classic looking) and components from the '86 I have, (Suntour v. Shimano) that, before today, I had never considered that it might be a Grizzly, but some web info I've seen suggests it is-Mountech derailleurs, Suntour shifters, bull moose handlebars, Tourney XT cranks.. . What do you folks think? Am I right? Serial number is JS396749. BTW the frame is super baked and faded, but it had tape on it in certain places, and you can see the original very beauteous blue it once was. And, I might add, it rides awesomely.
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I'd love to find a mountain bike this old (pre-indexing, bull moose handlebars); these things are tanks, not surprised at the level of abuse this bike survived. Great looking massive fork crown as well. This is a quality bike but can't help you with the ID.

Calling on [MENTION=208267]bianchigirl[/MENTION].

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Actually, it is probably a 1984 model, given that it was manufactured in October 1983. BTW, it is a Japanese manufactured frame. 1984 was the last year for the Piaggio decals and MounTech came out in 1983, so it's passing the sanity checks.
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Actually, it is probably a 1984 model, given that it was manufactured in October 1983. BTW, it is a Japanese manufactured frame. 1984 was the last year for the Piaggio decals and MounTech came out in 1983, so it's passing the sanity checks.
Thanks T-Mar for the info. 'I don't think they made Grizzlies until '83, at least that is the first cataloged one. its blue the '84 was red.' This is a quote from Bianchgirll at this thread https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...i-grizzly.html That's the reason I thought it was an'83
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Great find. Try some light rubbing compound on the paint. It might surprise you.
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Great find. Try some light rubbing compound on the paint. It might surprise you.
Thanks for the tip. What might you recommend. I've never used a rubbing compound.
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Meguires Scratch X is a popular one, buy some wax to go with it after.
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Meguires Scratch X is a popular one, buy some wax to go with it after.
Thanks, clubman, I'm leaning toward the Meguires Ultimate Compound, have you ever used that one.
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Yup, it's fine.
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Meguires Scratch X is a popular one, buy some wax to go with it after.
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