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Old 06-04-22, 11:51 AM
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Major Bianchi X4 score!

I have written it here before – Sweden does not have a lot of top-of-the-line vintage lightweights of international calibre. With a somewhat short season cycling has never been a really big sport over here. We have had our share of successful riders, but it is not a sport for the masses and has never been. Therefore, racing exotics when it comes to vintage bicycles are far between.

This means that for a rider and collector like me, before the internet, finding the good stuff locally was very difficult. There was, and to a certain extent still is, a big advantage though – the ones we do have are cheap. There is almost no competition in the market for high end vintage bikes. Most of my collection I have got for almost nothing thru the years (started collecting early to mid 1980ies).

When a local “real” auction house put up this 1987 Bianchi X4 for auction they described it as a 1970ies Bianchi with 26” wheels. They valued it to 8000 Skr (around 800 USD). I knew what it was and was prepared to pay for it. The auction ended well above the valuation but I was prepared to go a lot farther than I had to. It is the most expensive bike I have ever bought. Still, it was a bargain in my book.

From the pictures in the auction, and after I got it home today and have had the chance to have a look at it, it seems to me like it was unused for many years. My theory is that then somebody new got hold of it, got a lock for it and obviously had no idea about bikes – manifested in the over the limit raised stem and tilted saddle. And then used it for a short while. Then, for some reason it ended up at the auction house.

It is, from what I can see, totally original down to the tires, cables, straps and every other little part. Even the Super Record seatpost was specified for the bike originally according to catalogues and other sources (edit - these were also sold as bare frames so let us call it an original build instead). Cobalto brakes and Almarc leather… and it has that nice little “X4” on the brake bridge.

This one is going to be a treat to gently clean and preserve. It is my size exactly (a thing I have always had as a “cap” to limit my collecting) and I might take it for a spin before I clean it but after that it will be retired into the collection. I will keep you updated here when doing the clean-up.

I do believe this might be one of the best-preserved, original and untouched, Bianchi X4: s around.

Happy!

On to the pictures

This is after I set it up for me. Had to untangle the cables (rotate the bars to get them where they are meant to be...)



Before



The money shot



Double Reparto decals






Matching 1986 tubulars front and aft




A few extra pictures in the flickr album
https://www.flickr.com/photos/453061...h/52122407850/

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Old 06-04-22, 11:53 AM
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Well done! Your collection never fails to amaze.
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Old 06-04-22, 12:48 PM
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I'm not a "real" roadie, lol, but I'd ride that. 😉 Very nice, congrats. 👍
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Old 06-04-22, 12:54 PM
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When I read the thread title, I thought you scored 4 Bianchis 😜
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Incredible. Good for you.
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What a machine. Congrats on the pickup
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Fantastic score!
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Great from what I see no issues other than probably should get new tires and the rear wheel may need a bit of true and maybe light sanding on the scored part. Would seem Odd that it has brake scare on the rim, but piece of sand or small rock gets picked up in the large old school brake graves and one hard brake and you get a scared rim. I have scared a rim in around the block test ride so vintage wise I would say it's near perfect.

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Wow. Just wow.
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That is a beauty. Doesn't get much better than that. Makes you wonder why the original owner would buy a bike like that and not ride it much if at all?
At least it was stored correctly and kept like new for you to find and appreciate.

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Old 06-05-22, 10:05 AM
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Complete with the cardboard shipping tags on the brake adjusters!
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Old 06-07-22, 05:10 AM
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Thank you everybody for the nice cheering!


Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
Great from what I see no issues other than probably should get new tires... snip...
As the tires are original to the bike and a big part of its history - they will absolutely not be swapped. Or used. If I, in the future, would like to use this bike for anything else than as a display - I do have several other wheels to use for/on it. A pair of C-Record high flange on 1987 correct Campagnolo V-profile rims (Lambda/Omega) if wanting to go for something extra nice.

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Thank you everybody for the nice cheering!




As the tires are original to the bike and a big part of its history - they will absolutely not be swapped. Or used. If I, in the future, would like to use this bike for anything else than as a display - I do have several other wheels to use for/on it. A pair of C-Record high flange on 1987 correct Campagnolo V-profile rims (Lambda/Omega) if wanting to go for something extra nice.

I have done the same thing several times on vintage road or MTB's swapped out the nice but slightly delicate OEM wheels for riding with more rugged modern wheel set tires to leave originals intact.
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I have done the same thing several times on vintage road or MTB's swapped out the nice but slightly delicate OEM wheels for riding with more rugged modern wheel set tires to leave originals intact.
We might have a language problem? I have no intention to use "modern wheels". I wrote that I will use a period correct high flange C-Record with 1987 rim.
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I think were not that far apart on a vintage bike like this it's mainly about the tires they can be on nice more modern rims or on vintage if very good. My point is there is no big issue changing wheel sets on vintage 70's and 80's bikes if they work good.
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Beautiful Bike! And she's in good hands now.
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Late to this but
Congrats that's a great score !
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Complete with the cardboard shipping tags on the brake adjusters!
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Whoa! That makes it darn near NOS.
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