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Old 07-18-21, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by cudak888
but flippers and my-collection-is-better-than-your-collection types coming through Google in future might interpret this thread as such.

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That's a thing?

I'd love to know the frequency of this happening. I'm guessing it is hundreds of time less likely than you taking a yuge **** on a thread.

Carryon.
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I have a few, 1972 Windsor Profesional, 1982 Medici Pro Strada with Campy SR, 1973 Super Mondia Special, late 70’s Kabuki Diamond Formula which I bought new and was the best bike I could afford at the time. Some of my bikes that are not top of the line are, to me, just as desirable, like my 1975 Colnago Super, I believe there was a model a little higher up.
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Old 07-18-21, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by iab
That's a thing?

I'd love to know the frequency of this happening. I'm guessing it is hundreds of time less likely than you taking a yuge **** on a thread.

Carryon.
Can not resist... I do not sell my bikes so I cannot be a flipper. I must be the other kind! I reckon circa 95% out of my bikes and frames were top of th line in their time. That of course makes me as a person and human beeing superior compared to others. And I look down on you all.

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Let’s cut out the bickering. Members have options to post or not. This type thread is supposed to be fun.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
Some really nice examples and some really curious examples so far.
The pink 770 is smokin! And the Girodana to start things off is always a great one to see. It has pretty ideal measurements for my eye.
I totally agree! I always love seeing that 770.

My submission is a Nishiki Cervino, 83 I think. I haven't been able to date it and when I purchased it it was frame and fork only. I built it with a mix of Suntour and Campagnolo parts.




Some believe it was built by Cervelo or Colonago or Olmo but it is Italian and rides very smoothly.
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Old 07-18-21, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by StanSeven
Let’s cut out the bickering. Members have options to post or not. This type thread is supposed to be fun.
Exactly. Let's all enjoy some nice things

Top of Colnago's line in 1983, the Nuovo Mexico - the pantographing puts it over the top of all my other rides:



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The Megatube Ti was the top dog from ‘95 to ‘97 but I sadly could not afford one. It took a few years and a lot of free time trolling the internet for it but I finally found one complete wit Record Ti group.



The MAX tubed Proto was only offered in ‘90/91 and only as a Dura Ace equipped bike for ‘90. Even with employee discount, I could barely afford the frame, thanks to a trade in on a broken SL frame. Cost being an issue I initially built it with a mix of new and used Chorus.
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In 1991, my Trek 990 was top of their mountain bike line.
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Why ride anything else?
At C&V prices you owe it to yourself every time you swing a leg.
Just do it.
With quality tubulars.



Better yet to share Top 'o th Line bikes, jerseys, friendships, etc

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85 Prestige as found recently. Starting the rehab process today.

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1962 World Ace, top of the Alps line

1975 Priori Mod. Super Corsa, full 1st Gen Super Record.
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Top of the line Pinarello Montello with second tier groupset and entry level engine.

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A bit of a shabby state but this is my best full period correct version of the Pinarello Montello. Not as nice looking as the example above but it shows all its time and Patina.
P1020132, on Flickr

Bottle goes with my desire at the time and with the HS which is Camy!

The requirements did not say everything had to be period correct. So here is my latest fun bike, 1988 De Rosa Professional.
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I would have posted the 1983 Colnago Superissimo but DD trumped mine. I consider it one up from the super because it has chrome head lugs like DD's.
1983 Colnago Superissimo on Flickr

OOPS! I have more than one Campagnolo bottle!
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I believe this Miyata Team Carbon was top of the line for 1993 -
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Originally Posted by jamesdak
Hmmm..... I can quantify that with a few of my 90's bikes I think.

The mid 90's Giordana XL Supers were the top of their line those years for sure. Scored two of them.


This has the "much better build" with the C.F. tubulars, SR/Record groupset and such.

This one is just 11 speed Athena and weighs about 2 lbs more than the other one. But this one feels better under me on the road than anything else I have.

Then for sure the 1999 Trek Y-77:

Found as a NOS frame and built up with 11 speed Ultegra and sporting some nice Reynolds wheels right now.

Then there was this 1987 Schwinn Paramount:


Not only top of the line for 1987, this was also serial #1 for the year.

Then there was this mid 80's Cabestany, their top model.


This is it during it's "gravel phase" for me.

And I think this Pinarello is the top model for the year from what I was told. Haven't found it in a catalog yet so I really don't know for sure:
Nice looking bikes. What fork is that I see on the Paramount? Stock or carbon fiber upgrade?
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Definitely interested pm coming...
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Trek 930 - top of the line for 1978.

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Custom Super Mistral Fastback had all the bells and whistles Holdsworth offered in 1973. Originally came as an all Nuovo / Record 5 speed, tubulars, and Cinelli saddle.

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Originally Posted by sced
Custom Super Mistral Fastback had all the bells and whistles Holdsworth offered in 1973. Originally came as an all Nuovo / Record 5 speed, tubulars, and Cinelli saddle.

Was the Mistral the top of the line in 1973, or was it the Professional?
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Originally Posted by slushA
Nice looking bikes. What fork is that I see on the Paramount? Stock or carbon fiber upgrade?
Oh, it was an "upgrade". The previous owner had the bike gone over by Waterford, repainted, and then built up with modern components.
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One thing I will say about some of the earlier comments. I think most of us realize "top of the line" quite often does not equate to "best" or "best riding". I can't see how any of this would be an ego trip. It's just the manufacturer's call on where a bike falls. I love all my bikes.
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Originally Posted by seypat
85 Prestige as found recently. Starting the rehab process today.

I also have an 83 Turbo with a Prestige fork and some component changes. TOL for that year.

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And an 84 Turbo F/F being built up as a Mad Max wasteland racer. Middle finger build to the component companies and their constant planned obsolescence decisions also. I think only a couple of components come from the same company brand. One of the derailleurs and the hubs are the same brand, but different groups. The other derailleur and the crank(but not the chainrings) are from the same group/brand. That's it. Getting it ready in case I have to go into Thunderdome.


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I love all the bikes--- both the "creme de la creme" and the mutts which ride far better than they should.

My two favorite bikes at the moment are a humble Peugeot PFN10, which was Peugeot's entry-level race bike in the early 80's, made of Vitus 172...

And this one, which was considerably above entry-level:



Motobecane TeamChampion

They are both just delightful to ride, but I worry a lot less about scratching the Peugeot....
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Originally Posted by no67el
I love all the bikes--- both the "creme de la creme" and the mutts which ride far better than they should.

My two favorite bikes at the moment are a humble Peugeot PFN10, which was Peugeot's entry-level race bike in the early 80's, made of Vitus 172...

And this one, which was considerably above entry-level:



Motobecane TeamChampion

They are both just delightful to ride, but I worry a lot less about scratching the Peugeot....
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