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Old 11-12-18, 03:41 PM
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Need help identifying a Moser frame

I recently received an F.Moser frame. I haven't cleaned it yet but as you can see it is in great condition. Every lug has an M in it and it came with a Shimano 600 headset. There is also a braze on tab mount for the front derailleur that is chromed under the paint. Not sure if it matters but it does except a 700 wheel and short reach caliper.
I have searched the internet without success for the same frame. The closest I have found is the Leader SC but that is not it. I was hoping someone here knows which model and year it is.
The decal on the seat post says Giro and the down tube decal says ORIA CSS52. The only other marking on the frame is under the BB, 1R55A I would believe that is a serial number but that is very short if it is. The rear dropouts are stamped Gippme and the fronts are stamped Moser. On the side of the forks is a small decal with 51.151 and the Moser name but I know that is his record time. It appears to be the original paint. The Moser "decal" on the down tube and seat tube are painted with a separate decal for the pin stripe and the Moser name.

Anyone have an idea of what this is?







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Old 11-12-18, 04:23 PM
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That is pretty. Trouble with Moser bikes is every time you search you come up with the rider’s info. I wonder if Giro is the model name. This person has one with the same tubing .

https://www.pedalroom.com/bike/f-moser-giro-38086

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I can't help with identifying but that is one Nice frame.
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Old 11-12-18, 05:38 PM
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Giro is the model name.
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Old 11-12-18, 07:31 PM
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Any ideas on the year? Serial number is 1R55A 81? 91? I would think 91 is most likely with the condition, but with the down tube shifters 81
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Down tube shift lever bosses were still standard in 1991. Campagnolo didn't follow Shimano's lead and introduce brifters until 1992. Even, then kit took a while for manufacturers to phase out down tube shift lever bosses.

It's definitely not 1981. I don't think that Oria even existed in 1981. Moser was still building with Columbus into the mid-1980s. Dual bottle bosses were virtually unheard of, except on touring bicycles. Internal rear brake routing was rare. Campagnolo still hadn't introduced their front derailleur boss.

My position would be an early 1990s, mid-range model.
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With that color, it can be no other model than a Giro!
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Thank you for everyone's input so far. It amazes me how little information there is about Moser bicycles online. Anyone that either has or has had one previously all seem to say who good they are and they would get another if given the chance. So far the only real info I have found is that they used Columbus tubing early on and ORIA tubing latter. Also that they were popular in Austria. Other than that not much. You really can't even find anything stating how long they were made. I will probably end up fitting modern equipment to it to get it on the road. I look forward to riding mine.
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Moser started marketing bicycles under his own name shortly after winning the Pro Road World Championships in 1977, which he had won for the Sanson team, riding a Benotto. For 1979, he supplied the Sanson team with Moser bicycles and continued to sponsor pro teams though to at least the mid-2000s. Moser bicycles won a Pro Road World Championship in 1991 with Gianni Bugno. Moser bicycles were fairly popular in the USA in the mid-1980s, when they were being sold through Italia Velo Sport, a Miami based mail order and retail store that advertised regularly in Bicycling magazine.

BTW, the headset appears to be Shimano 600 Ultegra, which was manufactured 1988-1997. The photo resolution is a bit weak to seethe details of the upper stack but it appears to be the earlier HP-6400 with ball cages, as opposed to the later HP-6500 with cartridge bearings. If so, it is 1988 -1994, which would confirm the age estimate. If you want to investigate further, you can remove the crown race and check the bottom, which is where Shimano typically stamp their headset date codes.
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Old 11-15-18, 11:28 AM
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I put it together yesterday with parts I had from other projects. It does ride real nice.

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Nicely done! Love that color.
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