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Old 03-23-18, 12:03 PM
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Bianchi ID - Which frame did I just buy?

Picked up a nice Bianchi I estimate to be late 80s / early 90s.

Prior research has me thinking it’s either a Mondiale, Giro or Superleggera. Campy all around.

What’s unique about it is the right side chain stay is chrome but also too is part of the right side seat stay. Pic attached.

Any ideas?

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SLX tubing, btw...
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It looks very nice.

@Bianchigirll is the local expert here on such inquires.
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Thanks! The ride quality is amazing, and it appears to have been really well cared after.

From the research Iíve done, Iíve yet to see another one with the chainstay and seatstay like mine- has me really curious
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What does it say on the top tube? Is there any script at the top of the seat stays? What's the fork crown and head badge look like?
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Top tube has a sticker that says campione del mondo ‘92-‘93. I cant tell if that’s a stock sticker or has been added though.

No script on the top of the seat stays. The fork crown does not have a cap, it’s one price that is rounded a bit. Not sure if that’s visible in the photo on my original post..

Head badge is a sticker - will snap a pic later

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Guaglione87 View Post
Top tube has a sticker that says campione del mondo Ď92-Ď93. I cant tell if thatís a stock sticker or has been added though.

No script on the top of the seat stays. The fork crown does not have a cap, itís one price that is rounded a bit. Not sure if thatís visible in the photo on my original post..

Head badge is a sticker - will snap a pic later

Thanks!
That is a factory WC sticker. Gianni Bugno won the world championship road race in '91 and '92 on Bianchis, so his reign as world champ would have been '92-93. Bugno was an old-school powerhouse rider, and didn't seem to care much whether his bike was lightweight. He just got on and rode. This suited Bianchi's traditionalist image at the time.

A date of 1993-4 is probable for your bike based on the componentry and tubing. Hard to tell but looks like Chorus to me. Very soon afterwards Bianchi's graphics and frame materials started to change, as the Pantani era commenced and bike weight became a bigger deal.
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The Campione de lMondo decal, if OEM, places it no older than the 1993 model year. However, the mid-1990s models I've seen typically have a Columbus/Bianchi SBX decal, as opposed to Columbus SLX. Also, the three cable tunnels running along the lower left hand side of the top tube are not what I'd expect. I recall them using this position in the late 1990s on some models, but those typically used two cable stops. In short, this is unlike any Bianchi I've seen, at least in North America. Based on past experience there is plenty of variation in foreign market models,so that can't be ruled out. Is the down tube oval at the bottom bracket shell?
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The Campione de lMondo decal, if OEM, places it no older than the 1993 model year. However, the mid-1990s models I've seen typically have a Columbus/Bianchi SBX decal, as opposed to Columbus SLX. Also, the three cable tunnels running along the lower left hand side of the top tube are not what I'd expect. I recall them using this position in the late 1990s on some models, but those typically used two cable stops. In short, this is unlike any Bianchi I've seen, at least in North America. Based on past experience there is plenty of variation in foreign market models,so that can't be ruled out. Is the down tube oval at the bottom bracket shell?
Correct - I was told it was imported from Europe - not a USA market bianchi. The down tube is round at the bb.

From a little wear where the derailuer cable stops are, it appears the bike once had downtube shifters
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What does it say on the top tube? Is there any script at the top of the seat stays? What's the fork crown and head badge look like?

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What brand are the dropouts and forkends? Is there a B on the head/down tube lug? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Bianchi with the cable guides on the side like that. That decal on the TT is something they sold after market.
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What brand are the dropouts and forkends? Is there a B on the head/down tube lug? I donít think Iíve ever seen a Bianchi with the cable guides on the side like that. That decal on the TT is something they sold after market.
Dropouts do not appear to be branded, and the forkends the same. No B on the head/downtube lug. Iíve attached some pictures for reference.

I might try to call up bianchi and see if they can id via the serial number...
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Those dropouts are unbranded Columbus. I've never seen those on a Bianchi. Given the decal era, I'd expect vertical dropouts. The stay end finishing is also not typical of a the era. The round down tube also indicates it's not Superset II, which I would expect on a mid-1990s Bianchi frame. I'm beginning to lean to it being a Bianchi in livery only. I doubt you'll get anywhere with Bianchi on the S/N.
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I don’t think it is a Bianchi. Did you pull the BB to check for the rifling?

Nothing really seems to say Bianchi other than the color and decals. The decals wouldn’t be on a SLX frame with horizontal dropouts. I don’t recall seeing those windo lugs on a Bianchi. An ‘88/89 SLX frame would have Gipimme dropouts, a pumppeg and an Eagle embossed on the crown.
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I will take a look for rifling- thanks for the heads up. I wouldent have expect a ďknock-offĒ if thatís the case!

The paint and wear seem appropriate for the age, so Iíd be surprised. I got word this bike was imported from Holland, so who knows...

The bottom bracket has a number stamped into it. Here is a pic. Also this seems odd for bianchi (format wise)
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