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Old 05-17-18, 07:50 PM
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Bianchi Nuovo Racing VS Bertoni Specialissima

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I have a 1984 Bianchi Nuovo Racing that I've recently built with some original parts and some "upgrades" from the parts bins. It also has a new Celeste powder coat. It's a nice ride, but a little too big for me. Looks kinda funny with a short stem and low saddle. There's a local guy that has a mid 80s Bertoni Specialissima frameset that's my size and he's willing to trade for comparable frameset in a larger size. My Bianchi fits the bill and I could use my parts on the Bertoni. A bit of research indicates that both frames are Columbus SL with possibly other tubing for the fork and rear triangle. Also, the paint has been removed from the Bertoni frame and as I understand it, the painted portion didn't get the final polish. I got the Bianchi cheap, sans rear derailleur, wheels, and crankset plus a stuck seat post and a damaged stem. So, I don't have much into it other than the cost of the powder coat and some labor. Looking for input on if this would be a reasonably fair trade before I arrange a 40 mile trip to check it out?

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Possibly built in the same factory.
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On one hand, it may seem like an even trade, but here is a recent thread that explains why taking on a frame with stripped paint may be more pain than it's worth (and while discussing a Bertoni Specialissima):

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...road-bike.html

Only you can decide if it's worth the trouble, but you should go in with eyes wide open.
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No pics makes this hard. I don't understand what the OP means about stripped paint with a painted portion. That said the bikes seem to be roughly comparable in quality and--everything else being equal--a bike that fits beats one that doesn't.
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