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Old 12-27-07, 10:44 AM   #1
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Calling Scapin owners

I just bought one, an '85 made from Columbus Aelle.

Who out there owns one? What do you think (haven't ridden mine yet, as it needs a little work, but not much)? I know that Aelle was "down-market" material compared to SLX, etc. ... what was the story with Scapin using Aelle in framesets during this period (I've seen a couple of others for sale)?
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Old 12-27-07, 03:57 PM   #2
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i've an SLX one.. it's very nicely made..
there's really not much info regarding them, although they are still in the business of making bicycles

there are a couple earlier catalogs up on

the '83 literature lists a couple models including bikes from Columbus SL and Zeta and some cool town and ladies versions
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Old 12-29-07, 08:55 AM   #3
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I own a 1974 SL frame. Very nicely manufactured and an extremely nice ride, though the models from this period are very plain compared to the mid-1980s models, which are the most common. It was my main ride for about 15 years.

Aelle was a simply a lower cost tubeset made from materials that were more suited to mass manufacturing, thus permitting manufacturers to hit a lower price point for a club racer model and still maintain the prestige of a Columbus tubed frame.
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