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Old 11-15-18, 10:05 AM
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Steel Fausto Coppi find

Found a steel Fausto Coppi with Campagnolo Chorus group. Tubing: Columbus Genius. Italian beauty and art on wheels... I'm cleaning and restoring her now (new tyres etc.)

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- Frame: number 351, 58 cm (c/t)

- Tubing: Columbus Genius (Nivacrom)

- Bottom bracket: Campagnolo Chorus

- Headset: Campagnolo Chorus 704/101

- Steering stem: ITM carbon forged lite

- Handlebar: 3TTT forma SL ergopower due ‘racing team service’

- Crankset: Campagnolo Chorus 52/42 (4/0, 1/1)

- Pedals: Look

- Front derailleur: Campagnolo Record (2x8 sp)

- Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Chorus RD-31CH

- Shifters: Campagnolo Chorus

- Pinion: Campagnolo brev. Int. Italy

- Rims: Rigida DP18 aero alu, 700c clinchers (622x13, 28 inch)

- Hubs: Campagnolo ‘brevetti internazionale italy’ FH-00CH / HB-00CH

- Brakes: Campagnolo Chorus

- Brake levers: Campagnolo Chorus carbon BB system

- Saddle: Selle San Marco Fausto Coppi

- Saddle pen: Campagnolo Chorus RS aero

- Cables: Campagnolo




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Old 11-15-18, 11:21 AM
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Very cool. I don't think I've ever seen a Coppi that new.
Any idea of the year of manufacture, maybe based on component dates?
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Old 11-15-18, 11:31 AM
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I guess it will be from 1994/95. I'm studying the parts. Will keep you posted.
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Old 11-15-18, 11:34 AM
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What I do know is that Columbus Genius was one of the last developments in steel tubing. Not much bikes built after that in steel. Next was aluminium, some with carbon forks like Bianchi. I had a reparto corse 'Pantani' like that (1999).
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Looks like a Lugano 53, named for (I think) his win in the world championship. Beautiful, and pretty close to stainless steel so way ahead of it's time in terms of the tubes. I have one that I've been trying to sort out for 3 years

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I seem to remember this was the year "fastback" seat stays were banned by the UCI, so it was a very shortlived design until the rules were relaxed.
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Nice score!

That should clean-up very nicely. She is a racy looking bike and I love the color. Not to mention all of the chrome. You normally don't see that much on a bike from the 90s. What kind of tires are on her? They look like tan walls with green in there. Strange, but looks pretty cool actually.

Truth be told, I was more a fan of Bartoli than of Coppi, but Coppi definitely made the better bikes!
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Just looked back through my photos, I got mine in June '15, but it's tigged not lugged. Were they maybe team colours?

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Nice. Were these still made by Fiorelli at that point? I have a mid-70's Coppi that was.
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Nice. Were these still made by Fiorelli at that point? I have a mid-70's Coppi that was.
Masciaghi as noted on the saddle. That is nice. I like the chrome lugs. I sold a similar TIG welded Copy frame in Genius a year or so ago. Similar geometry except the rear stays were carbon.
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I seem to remember this was the year "fastback" seat stays were banned by the UCI, so it was a very shortlived design until the rules were relaxed.
Exactly! I am quite sure this specific model was built in only 1 year. Your bike looks very similar it seems! Some people in the know here said it might be a Campionissimo frame. Well, I love finding out the stories of bikes. That's what I like about classics!
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Nice score!

That should clean-up very nicely. She is a racy looking bike and I love the color. Not to mention all of the chrome. You normally don't see that much on a bike from the 90s. What kind of tires are on her? They look like tan walls with green in there. Strange, but looks pretty cool actually.

Truth be told, I was more a fan of Bartoli than of Coppi, but Coppi definitely made the better bikes!
Haha, thanks! The tires were gone, so I changed them to similar ones with a green line. Like keeping the bike in colour balance!
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Masciaghi as noted on the saddle. That is nice. I like the chrome lugs. I sold a similar TIG welded Copy frame in Genius a year or so ago. Similar geometry except the rear stays were carbon.
Carbon! That's interesting. I have seen quite a few Coppi's with just a little difference: lugged/not lugged, chrome/no chrome, carbon parts/no carbon parts etc. I guess it depended on the wishes of the buyer? Some bikes were built specifically for the team (Polti) and maybe these also ended up in personal hands? I am still trying to find out IF Masciaghi used some kind of frame numbering and HOW to interpret that. My frame has a number and size in the bottom bracket. To be continued...
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It's 1996 built, as Campagnolo produced this exact set only in that year with an 8-speed rear derailleur.
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