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Bianchi EL- looking for some insight/info

Old 06-01-10, 09:23 PM
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Bianchi EL- looking for some insight/info

Recently I've found a beautiful Bianchi EL which features a white frame with red accents. It fits me quite well and I want to make an offer but have a few questions:

1) It has a steel frame with "extra leggeri" (extra light) columbus tubing. According to a website I found through BF that tubing was made for time trials, climbing, and triathlons on level terrain (https://mywebpages.comcast.net/bobequ...mbus-tubes.jpg). I'll probably be using the bike for longer weekend rides - will the tubing hold up in the city or should I be worried if it's not being used for it's intended design purposes? As the tubing name suggests it is super light. In case it helps I'm a little over 6'1", about 168lbs, and will probably run 25c tires.

2) The bike/frame is in near mint condition but the build is not 100% original, I know it was made in Italy and is probably a 1980-90s frame but I'm not too certain (ideas?). At some point the fork was replaced and it no longer has a quill stem but instead has the newer version. It seems to be running mechanically sound and seems like an overall cool bike. It has Campagnolo components that are probably mid-range and Ritchey stem/handlebars/seatpost. Does anybody have a range of what I should pay for something like this?

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EL is great tubing, in the Genius family (Nivacrom?) and I wouldn't hesitate to buy it. EL was ridden by pros with strength and power because the butting was selective and specific to the style of riding.

I rode an EL-OS for years. Even stronger especially with the optional oversize downtube. Good for fast twitch mashers.

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Thanks a lot man!
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EL? white/red? I can't wait to see pics. a Columbus El frame would be more of a '94ish product and I agree with Clubman that is a great tubeset. I will have to double check but I too think it is Nivachrome steel great stuff spefically designed for lugless construction although it frequently was.

I further think that frame was sold as a frame and not really as a complete bike. although as I have said before Bianchi was fooling around with offering 'bike kits' in those days.

OH is it EL or ELoversize? either way it is built with the Bianchi Superset design.

https://equusbicycle.com/bike/columbus/columbuschart.htm
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It doesn't have the larger down tube but it's nice. Just bought the bike today and took it for a short spin - rides even better than it looks!

Will post some pictures soon - I think you will like the bike, Bianchigirll.
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Here are some pics of the Bianchi.

I went for a ride this morning and had to use another bike because it didn't want to stay shifted in the larger front chainring? Tried a bunch of combinations but whenever I shifted it would just pop back onto the smaller one as if there were a spring!

















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And a couple more:











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very pretty. where are you located? I don't think I ever saw a Bianchi with a number tab.

is that how you got it? I kind of doubt the fork is original.
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Yeah, the fork is not original and was bought as pictured. I'm in Seattle.
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I raced hard on a EL-OS frame bike that I purchased new back around 1993. The original fork was a lugless unicrown design the fork blades curve at top and were TIG welded to the steerer (looks much like a rigid MTB fork). The story I got was that the entire fork assebly was built by columbus and sold pre-assebled to the framebuider with the tubeset. After about a year of use, I noticed cracks opening up along the TIG welds of the fork and so had to replace it. It may well be that similar EL forks made by columbus were underengineered or defective design and that fork replacement for these might not be too uncommon.
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Hey Rupert do you go on flicker? you should post a few pics of that in the Bianchi USA group
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