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Puch Mistral (Columbus SLX)

Old 10-11-10, 04:04 PM
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Puch Mistral (Columbus SLX)

My latest Build:
Campagnolo 10 speed Veloce and Chorus.
Big thanks to all the forum members who helped with parts and modern Campy advice, a first for me.
I have not found to many other Puch bicycles made from SLX (no others in this paint scheme,) it has a made in Italy decal on the bottom of the down tube.











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Very nice, Jake.
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Very nice, and it looks very fast. How does it ride?
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very high probability that it was built for Puch by Bianchi...even those shorty Gipiemme DOs are something I've only seen on Bianchi frames (tho I'm sure they were for sale to anybody). Nice Bike!
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Nice looking bike, but it looks like you broke some spokes!

(Send it to me and I'll fix that for ya' )
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Wow, you have a keen eye for details.

I'll bet it rides beautifully.

Tell us, if you would please, your impressions of Campy versus Shimano.

What things do you like better than the Shimano systems you've used?

Any negatives so far?

Again, you sure know how to build 'em.
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Nice! Was this a last gasp bike from Puch as I don't remember seeing them around here (the US) as AD/Puch after the 80's. Maybe they went on for longer in Europe?
Everything looks minti fresh perfect to me except for the brifters and upturned ergo bars which I just personally never got to like on bikes.
Thanks for sharing!

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The thing rides great, even with the paired spoke wheels and not so nice tires. It handles well and accelerates nicely. Stiff in the right spots with an overall comfy ride.

I really like the Campy stuff so far, I am not going to sell off all of my Shimano stuff just yet though. For the lower end of the Campy line the Veloce shifters are really nice.
They are an older model where the thumb levers still jumps 5 cogs and the trigger goes 3, a nice feature. The shifts feel different than Shimano, but very precise. There is no mistaking a shift and I like that.
The bike is about a 1lb and a half more than my other two bikes but I do not notice that on the road.

I had read that Puch was bought out by Bianchi and was wondering about my frame. I noticed the same drop outs on several Bianchis, and many of the other frame details compare also.
It is not the finest piece of craftsmanship I have seen, but once again it rides well.

I hope to lose the paired spoke wheels for something with silver rims, hubs and a more traditional look. I have a 36 hole Centaur hub that I am hoping to start building a wheelset around.
I have already changed the saddle for something else, and I am swapping the Veloce 9spd FD for a NOS 10 speed Centaur.

Thanks for the compliments guys. Although I am not a 100% modern campy convert, I am in love with the looks!! The performance is great also.

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That frame is good stuff, where did u spot it?
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I LOVE this bike...what an awesome machine (and an awesome rider). The only thing wrong with it is it's too big and it's not mine.
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Hello and greetings from the Balkans!!! I found a Puch Mistral SLX the same color scheme as this one for arround $160 on an online trading site and I think I should give the give the guy a call. Any ideea what year it could be??? I noticed a few differences between the two, such as the paint design on the chainstay and the different head tube angle which makes the one I found less compact.


Could it be another model with SLX stickers added???


And 105 groupset on a top frame looks fishy to me...


Have a nice day,


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