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Old 10-28-19, 08:10 PM
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Gotta Bertoni?

Let's see 'em.

Here's mine, an '81 (?) Superlight.














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Old 10-28-19, 10:33 PM
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Oh, yeah - that's what I'm talking about! That looks pretty early, too, compared to most we've seen around here. Score!

I like the fluted seatstay caps and the lug windows. Seatpost looks to have received some major attention. Any slots or whatnot in the BB shell? Sweet wrap job on those bars, too. Looking forward to seeing this one in person in the not-too-distant future

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Gotta Bertoni? Well it just so happens one landed on my door step a few weeks ago
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I still haven't fixed the TT cable guide on the '86 Corsa Mondiale I got on the 'bay a couple years back for an absurdly low price, so I've only ridden it a few times per year since it arrived. Seller lowered the price even more to compensate for the damage. Bike is missing a couple of decals (head tube, top tube) but is otherwise impeccable. Came with owners manual.

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Old 10-29-19, 06:15 AM
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Yes, it's definitely in the very late 1970s to very early 1980s time frame based on the Portacatena dropout. Most of the later samples that we seen have an open format serial number that make it easy to determine the year of manufacture.
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Old 10-29-19, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Gotta Bertoni? Well it just so happens one landed on my door step a few weeks ago
Loving this paint job!!!!!
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Old 10-29-19, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
Seatpost looks to have received some major attention.
Yeah, it has a Nuovo Record type 2-bolt clamp, but no engraving anywhere. Very strange.

Any slots or whatnot in the BB shell?
Two slots.
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Found a few detail photos of my old Bertoni, long gone. The only pinned construction bike I know of owning.


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Old 10-29-19, 04:28 PM
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When I posted pics of the "Speckled Trout" Bertoni over in the FB Steel is Real page someone made a comment about some Bertonis being built by Bianchi. I replied and he replied and he ended up posting this. Some of you uh um... more experienced guys might know how true this is or isn't.

I replied that Ben Lawee was an interesting guy and he posted this.

" " Trina B; He was the importer for Motobecane in the '60's and early '70's. He was diagnosed with cancer in the early '70's and given 6 months to live. He sold the importing business and retired to his home in Long Beach CA. 6 months later he was doing fine and bored as hell. So he went to Bianchi in Italy and specced (he was very active in the geometry and design) a half dozen bikes. He took them to Interbike in Long Beach. He branded them Italvega and by the end of the first day he had sold all of them and signed a dozen or so dealer agreements. He lived for more than 10 years and created Univega to take advantage of the quality and advancements of Japanese frames and components. Not to mention cost. But he had a soft spot for Italian stuff and the success of Univega gave him the wherewithal to create Bertoni." "
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It's high time someone took a stab at making a biopic with the best '70s/early '80s film soundtrack evah.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
Let's see 'em.

Here's mine, an '81 (?) Superlight.














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Yep, that's a early example, note the font used for "Superlight" on the top tube: right out of the Univega styleguide (if there was one)!
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Here’s my ‘81 Superlight, post addition of SRAM Force 10 speed components. Very quick and nimble bike!




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Tasteful and not gaudy.
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All beautiful bikes!! Bertoni Corsa Mondial. Does anyone know the model year? Just committed to building it from this newly acquired frameset. It'll be treated to Dura Ace 7400. Expect updates.

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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
Let's see 'em.

Here's mine, an '81 (?) Superlight.














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beautiful bike!! Thanks for the invite.
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All beautiful bikes!! Bertoni Corsa Mondial. Does anyone know the model year? Just committed to building it from this newly acquired frameset. It'll be treated to Dura Ace 7400. Expect updates.
your year should be easy to determine from the serial numbers on the BB shell.
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I sold this one a few weeks ago.


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This fillet brazed, Columbus Max, Bertoni has been getting a bunch of road time since I acquired it a few months ago.



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This fillet brazed, Columbus Max, Bertoni has been getting a bunch of road time since I acquired it a few months ago.





Beautiful. Please show us more.
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This fillet brazed, Columbus Max, Bertoni has been getting a bunch of road time since I acquired it a few months ago.


How do you like the Columbus Max?
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jdawginsc I like it very much. I had read somewhere that the MAX tubeset was better matched to larger riders, because it was so stiff, but I'm not convinced. I'm not that big, only 165 lb.s, and I find it rides great for me...not too stiff at all. I'm very pleased with the build and parts I selected for this. I did have to change out the front derailleur cable, because I had it too tight and I had cut it too short to adjust it out where it needed to be. Now that everything is sorted on the bike, I just love it.

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The Superlight got a lot more super after I swapped out the chainrings and rear mech with Super Record.


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Super Record chain rings are such an aesthetic improvement from Nouvo Record. Such a great looking bike, and you could give a class on how to wrap handle bars.
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@SurferRosa, just a very pleasing bike to look at, and I'm sure to ride as well. Love the thin red finishing tape on that nice blue cotton. Beautiful.
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Over the weekend, scored a Campagnolo aero seatpost (Victory, maybe?) and MA40 dark anodized wheels in incredible shape.


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Woulda thought the seat tube ID was 27.0, but the new seatpost is marked 27.2 and measures 27.1 in spots. Fits great.
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