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Old 01-31-17, 06:46 AM
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Spare Bianchi X4 fork anyone?

I have just been given a size 57 Bianchi X4 SLX frame - fully restored but minus fork - I'm very excited given the reputation of these frames and the beautiful detailing.
Before I go looking for a plain chrome fork I thought I would just put the question out there......has anyone got a Bianchi X4 or other Bianchi model fork with engraved Bianchi eagle logo on the crown they don't need? ()
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It just so happens I have two in every size.

No not really. I would start canvassing older bike shops in the area. You may not turn up a Bianchi fork but who knows what you'll find.
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I have one but might be too short for a 57cm frame, see the "fork don't fit" thread for pictures of it: has about 190mm steerer length. If you really come up with no other option, you can spring for a 'steerer transplant' performed by a competent repair-ist.
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...nd-thread.html

BTW, I can think of one other option but for a unmarked all-chrome Tange fork in excellent condition and certainly has the steerer length but needs a tiny amount of added threading to work with popular headset choices in a 57cm frame...and THAT will involve getting a certain "FB" (who shall remain nameless) to come out of seclusion and send the damn thing back to me! Obviously this is another rant altogether, pardon my lack of manners!

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buy a frameset with the fork you need, then sell the frame? then its someone else's problem!
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Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
I have one but might be too short for a 57cm frame, see the "fork don't fit" thread for pictures of it: has about 190mm steerer length. If you really come up with no other option, you can spring for a 'steerer transplant' performed by a competent repair-ist.
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Hi Unworthy


Hard to tell but is your fork an X4 model? - crown certainly looks right. If it is I may be very interested - could you post a few pics of the rest of the fork.?
For a lower end frame I would not bother but for an actual X4 fork it might be a worthwhile exercise if the framemaker I have in mind is up to it.
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Originally Posted by dadoflam View Post
Hi Unworthy


Hard to tell but is your fork an X4 model? - crown certainly looks right. If it is I may be very interested - could you post a few pics of the rest of the fork.?
For a lower end frame I would not bother but for an actual X4 fork it might be a worthwhile exercise if the framemaker I have in mind is up to it.
That I cannot tell you cause I bought the fork along with a CIOCC frame and later replaced this Bianchi fork with a CIOCC fork.
I don't know its history except it has the 'correct' crown AFAIK, and never had paint on the blades...it MAY have had some in-fill paint in the panto but it's so long ago I can't recall.

I have some more pix so I'll get them to you if you're still interested.
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Unworthy - Very interested - as you say the crown is correct and that is going to be a vast improvement over a generic option. framebuilder has given thumbs up in principle
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I'll try to post pix from photobucket, here goes nuthin'






You'll note that this once had been for a 60cm frame but cut down for the 56cm CIOCC (and not by me!) so there's just 20mm of threading (another reason why it would benefit from a steerer transplant. The crown race area was "dimpled with a punch", not a lot nor badly done, so there may have been an earlier instance where the crown race was a loose fit, but I had a Campy Chorus headset on this when used in the CIOCC frame with NO issues at all. One decal is better than the other,first pic shows the worse one, 2nd pic the better.
The pix are old but the fork is still in the same shape, I can take more pix (or measurements) if you wish.

EDIT: dadoflam, think it over and let me know by PM if you decide you want to talk "deal" or pass on this, I'm in no hurry but WILL update my "fork doesn't fit" thread to indicate that this fork is still available (but not necessarily for a swap cause I am set now with the Billato fork that was sold me) and to add these pix.

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Old 02-01-17, 02:41 PM
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Hi Notworthy
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Unworthy - just got the headtube length from the frame 'giver' - it is a shade under 140mm - which is pretty short for a 57.
Not sure how to calculate the stack height of a Campy C-Record era headset but anecdotally a 190mm steerer might work without modification(?)
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There was a blog of someone looking for an X4
Chech this out.
The Bianchi X4 Code ? Velo Aficionado
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Rob Cobcroft AKA Velo Aficionado is one of a group of Bianchi enthusiasts up in Brisbane (Qld, AUS) - he has written a number of very informative pieces about the X4. Certainly worth a read with a coffee or two.
The person who gave me my frame is another of the Brisbane Bianchi lovers and responsible for opening my eyes to the qualities of the X4 - he has numerous examples himself but fortunately for me rides a bigger size.
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I believe a early C Rec, the real tall one, was around 42. Check velobase
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@dadoflam - And I thought finding a fork for a 1984 Trek 760 would be looking for a needle in the haystack! But I did! It was bent but the steerer was straight and came off the same size frame, just a year newer! funny thing is that I found it on the bay and the seller was in the same town so no shipping. And, and, and he didn't know it was bent and gave me a big discount <$25!


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Originally Posted by dadoflam View Post
Unworthy - just got the headtube length from the frame 'giver' - it is a shade under 140mm - which is pretty short for a 57.
Not sure how to calculate the stack height of a Campy C-Record era headset but anecdotally a 190mm steerer might work without modification(?)
Hmmm, it just MIGHT! Most Campy HS are in the range of around 39mm to 42mm with many in the era you'd want about 41.5...so there's an actual chance assuming I measured that steerer correctly (I will re-check it tonight).
IIRC the frame I had considered using this on is a Bianchi-made Puch (also a 57cm but maybe measured differently) and the steerer was too short with the Campy HS I wished to use. Also seemed a little "incorrect" to put this fork on a Puch, despite the Bianchi connection!
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C Record Strada - 41.5mm
C Record Pista (used by some road riders to the lower stack height) - 38.5mm
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@dadoflam - And I thought finding a fork for a 1984 Trek 760 would be looking for a needle in the haystack! But I did! It was bent but the steerer was straight and came off the same size frame, just a year newer! funny thing is that I found it on the bay and the seller was in the same town so no shipping. And, and, and he didn't know it was bent and gave me a big discount <$25!


Just mentioned this as encouragement!




Last year I had amazing success with two pretty unlikely shot-in-the-dark requests that I put on forums – I wanted to put together a replica of Paul Sherwen’s 1983 La Redoute Motobecane – expecting a long process of piece by piece acquisition of a bike that was not all that common. Within a week amember had put me in touch with a contact in New Zealand who had a full bike which had been built as part of the La Redoute team bike production run and used by Motobecaneas its bike show display centrepiece , unridden since 1985 and in near mint condition.It was even Sherwen’s size!


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BUMP to update that dadoflam has bought the Bianchi fork shown above in post #8 so it is SOLD!
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Apologies to everyone for using that thread but I preferred to reuse existing resources.
I have a size 55 Bianchi that was initially fitted with a Columbus EL fork.
I am looking for an engraved Specialissima-type fork. Steerer would need to be 16+ cm.
Would someone have something that could fit?
Thanks

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