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CILO MTB offered by Polish Bike Flipper

Old 11-08-18, 07:56 PM
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CILO MTB offered by Polish Bike Flipper

Never heard of CILO before. Looks to be a nice bike in fine shape. This flipper appears to take a lot of time prepping his product for market.

Any clue as to the history of CILO as brand?

















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Old 11-09-18, 05:55 AM
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There is one local (Eu) restored Cilo road bike in my area, and their 70s and 80s road bikes were really nice. Unfortunately I don't know much about their history (Swiss made, now bankrupt, was told the name is a shortcut, where L stands for Lausanne, forgot rest).

Anyway, in Switzerland/Germany it is quite easy to get their 90s citybikes/mtbs for quite cheap, talking about XT equipped stuff for about 1/3 of this price, lucky finds for lower (which actually applies to most 90s mtbs). Talking about this one - unknown year, tubing, pressumably unoriginal fork and such - the price is way too high for my taste.

Cilo mtbs in general are really worth checking though! Shiny (like, really) colours, nicely equipped and such.
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Not answerting your question here but what an ususual pile of bikes for sale by the seller. Lots of crazy euro bikes we've never heard of them and many look really interesting.

That Cilo looks powder coated, pretty generic early 90's mtn bike? Forks are always questionable.
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Originally Posted by Chuckk View Post
Didn't Cilo market Taiwanese bikes before they went under?
Do you see anything that makes you think that it even has to be a Cilo?
THIS^

I will elaborate if possible, rough day at work
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Cilo (pronounced SEE-low) was a Swiss brand that goes back to at least the 1930s and went bankrupt in the very early 2000's. They sponsored a number of professional teams over the decades, with their biggest success being Koblet's general classification title in the 1951 Tour de France. Cilo also had a significant milestone for the modern era when Urs Zimmermann won the 1984 Tour de Suisse, providing the first major victory for a bicycle equipped with an indexed shifting system (Shimano SIS).

As previously noted, the subject bicycle appears to be early 1990s based on the mostly Shimano Deore LX componets. By this time, most ATBs of this level were being contract manufactured in Asia, typically Taiwan. The serial number may provide a clue to it's actual manufacturer and exact age.
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Originally Posted by Reynolds 531 View Post
THIS^

I will elaborate if possible, rough day at work
Hi, the fellow who was selling the bike had it listed as a CLIO. I couldn't tell you if he was correct or not. And thanks to T-Mar for the historical overview on the CLIO Co.

One thing for sure, the area rug he has for sale really ties the bike shop together.

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/474AA...zu/s-l1600.jpg

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+1 for the Lebowski reference.

Originally Posted by prairiepedaler View Post
Hi, the fellow who was selling the bike had it listed as a CLIO. I couldn't tell you if he was correct or not. And thanks to T-Mar for the historical overview on the CLIO Co.

One thing for sure, the area rug he has for sale really ties the bike shop together.

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/474AA...zu/s-l1600.jpg
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