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90s Celeste Bianchi - odd ball with lots of chrome

Old 04-20-21, 09:58 AM
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90s Celeste Bianchi - odd ball with lots of chrome

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Ok, so I just bought this (1997?) Bianchi frame off ebay from Itally. Before I posted here, I thought i would do my homework. I spend hours and hours trying to find any information on this frame. Normally, I can narrow down some info on most bike. In all my research, I found a single example that was close (in Itally), the only difference was mine has chrome socks on the forks. That bike was labeled as "1997 Bianchi Mega Set Zero".

The entire frame looks to have chrome under the pearlescent Celeste paint. Every "window" reveals chrome. Wow. The serial number under the BB says "C2428" and "55" on the other side. The rear dropouts have "T124" stamped into the inside. Front dropouts have Bianchi engraved. It has internal cable routing. Seat post is 27.2 and steerer is obv threaded. BB shell is 169mm wide. I dont know the threading yet.

Any help with this would be fab! Many thanks for your time.

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Any help IDing this bike?

Thank you.
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Originally Posted by MarkusForest View Post
Any help IDing this bike?

Thank you.
I got nothin and normally can't get past any unicrown fork BUT this one is yanking my chain, odd, plenty of chrome, Celeste, in pretty great shape, mostly all good,
mostly.

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Old 04-20-21, 07:40 PM
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Very much the same about the unicrown. I saw this thought it was time to explore the 90s as vintage, ya thats right.
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Originally Posted by MarkusForest View Post
Very much the same about the unicrown. I saw this thought it was time to explore the 90s as vintage, ya thats right.
I don't even like them on a MTB's but of course have a couple of Stumpys with them since they were 1 in fantastic shape and 1 a smokin deal so...

And well Celeste is Celeste, I have an 80 SC languishing in kinda rough shape but with almost all original parts and two other Celeste frames, 1 great shape and 1 in poor shape.
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No Idea, but that is one gorgeous frame! I didn’t even notice the unicrown fork until reading follow on posts. Maybe it’s just the Celeste and chrome, or probably cause I have an early 80s Bianchi with one, got the bike as a crashed frame, with the Bianchi replacement unicrown fork.
I’m not saying the replacement fork is pretty, but I’ve gotten used to it, and definitely not complaining about the ride.
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Reminds me a lot of my old SBX, however this one looks to be TIG welded and I only remember Bianchi doing that to an AL frame, like my long gone SL Lite. Maybe a replacement fork?
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Bianchigirll might be able to assist, I consider her to be an expert on these.
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What is a unicrown fork?

Also, the Celeste color always reminds me of Easter eggs. Anyone else? Just me?
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What is a unicrown fork?
A unicrown fork is a crime against good taste.

Itís a fork with blades that are curved at the top and welded directly to the steerer tube, instead of being joined to the steerer with a crown.
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Originally Posted by C9H13N View Post
A unicrown fork is a crime against good taste.

Itís a fork with blades that are curved at the top and welded directly to the steerer tube, instead of being joined to the steerer with a crown.
Why was it used as opposed to a regular style of fork? (Budget, performance, etc..?) I don't recall seeing it much, although I'm new and I don't notice the little things all that well yet.

(Sorry if this counts as hijacking the thread)
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Originally Posted by Aerzon View Post
Why was it used as opposed to a regular style of fork? (Budget, performance, etc..?) I don't recall seeing it much, although I'm new and I don't notice the little things all that well yet.

(Sorry if this counts as hijacking the thread)
Cheaper, lighter?, cheaper, stronger?, cheaper, better?, cheaper and oh yea, UGLIER!!!!!!
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Picture google "Bianchi Genius" and you shall recieve. Yours seem to have decals and headbadge corresponding with catalog material for the 1998 season. The Bianchi Genius were in catalogs circa 1993 to 1996. If yours is repainted and decaled or if it was just a late bloomer... I do not know.
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Unicrown forks are lighter, stronger and cheaper to produce.
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
Unicrown forks are lighter, stronger and cheaper to produce.
That's probably why my Schwinn mountain bike has one. According to Schwinn literature, the objective of the Project KOM-10 bike and KOM-20 (King Of the Mountains) frameset was to "build the fastest, lightest mountain bike" they could. At least my unicrown hides behind the RollerCam front brake.

A unicrown fork doesn't look quite as objectionable on a mountain bike. This is a 1988 model.
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Originally Posted by styggno1 View Post
Picture google "Bianchi Genius" and you shall recieve. Yours seem to have decals and headbadge corresponding with catalog material for the 1998 season. The Bianchi Genius were in catalogs circa 1993 to 1996. If yours is repainted and decaled or if it was just a late bloomer... I do not know.
Ok, so this is a good start, thank you. "Bianchi Genius" had not even appeared on my radar. I was going down the "Mega Set, Air Zero" rabbit hole. Interesting to know the tubing is Columbus.

Anyone know where the Genius sits in the model line?
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Ok, so this is a good start, thank you. "Bianchi Genius" had not even appeared on my radar. I was going down the "Mega Set, Air Zero" rabbit hole. Interesting to know the tubing is Columbus.

Anyone know where the Genius sits in the model line?
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Did Bianchi TIG weld Genius? Surprising if true.
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+1 re: 1998, assuming original decals. Sort of resembles the Classic Chorus, maybe with an aftermarket or otherwise repainted fork?

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Originally Posted by ctak View Post
+1 re: 1998, assuming original decals. Sort of resembles the Classic Chorus, maybe with an aftermarket or otherwise repainted fork?


Yes, I saw this. I think this model had lugs? also, the front fork of my frame has Bianchi stamped into the dropouts.

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just my two cents and I am NOT an authority on anything, but maybe produced for another market briefly, and repainted in the only set of decals available to the refinisher?
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Originally Posted by gkamieneski View Post
Did Bianchi TIG weld Genius? Surprising if true.
Yes they did - as I wrote earlier picture google "Bianchi Genius" and you will see plenty of TIG welded Columbus Genius tubed Bianchi: s. The Genius tube set was designed especially for TIG welding according to Bianchis own litterature.

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+1 re: 1998, assuming original decals. Sort of resembles the Classic Chorus, maybe with an aftermarket or otherwise repainted fork?

That is a lugged frame.

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Originally Posted by MarkusForest View Post
Yes, I saw this. I think this model had lugs? also, the front fork of my frame has Bianchi stamped into the dropouts.

Search continues!
Certainly doesn't help that the 2velo catalog pics won't enlarge.. the fork could be from another Bianchi (just a possibility)
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I give up.
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Certainly doesn't help that the 2velo catalog pics won't enlarge.. the fork could be from another Bianchi (just a possibility)

Late breaking news. I finally found some time to clean up the fork and behind the dirt I found the matching serial number!

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