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Old 06-20-15, 04:44 AM
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Originally Posted by ChicagoDan View Post
This was the first new bike I ever owned. The only things which have been replaced are the bar tape, pedals, fork, and tires.

1987? Sport SX


Correct those decals would make it an '88 or '89. Exage Sport was '88 and Sport LX group would be an '89. What is with the fork? your best hope for finding a fork may be buying a huge Sport SX, or 89 Brava Limited frame and harvesting the fork.
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Old 06-20-15, 04:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Murray Missile View Post
I probably shouldn't post this here because it's just "passing through" but it IS a Bianchi and it IS mine, for now. Picked this Volce up last night, should clean up great. Can anyone tell me what year it is? It appears to be pretty much original just needs a good scrubbing, detailing and tuning.


That is an '89 and should clean up nicely.
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Old 06-20-15, 05:03 AM
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Originally Posted by spun View Post
Very interesting. This means that this bike is not an '88 as I previously thought. @Bianchigirll, might you know when logo change happened? Here's the bike I asked you about in the other thread. (Some Campagnolo bits were swapped in, all OG Shimano bits remain safely in shoebox)






Ity looks like an '87 assuming the 86/87 World champ decal was out on new. With a few exceptions that decal style was last used (in the US market) in '87. Also unfortunately most of the frame cartouches were dropped after '87 too. Except for the top shelf bikes the Bianchi on the stay caps and the Eagle on the fork was replaced with decals.
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Old 06-20-15, 05:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
That is an '89 and should clean up nicely.
Thanks Bianchigirll, yes it is going to clean up VERY nicely. Looks like it was well cared for early in it's life then sat in a corner for the last couple decades. Not much wear and tear, just lot's of dirt and grime on the top of everything. The paint and decals are 99% intact.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Ity looks like an '87 assuming the 86/87 World champ decal was out on new. With a few exceptions that decal style was last used (in the US market) in '87. Also unfortunately most of the frame cartouches were dropped after '87 too. Except for the top shelf bikes the Bianchi on the stay caps and the Eagle on the fork was replaced with decals.
Bianchi engraved stay caps ended with Limited model (600 group), which makes sense for my bike, but mine is not "Metallic Celeste" (according to '87 catalog found on VeloBase).

The group says Limited to me. But the color says otherwise. Might this not be an American market bike?
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Old 06-20-15, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by spun View Post
Bianchi engraved stay caps ended with Limited model (600 group), which makes sense for my bike, but mine is not "Metallic Celeste" (according to '87 catalog found on VeloBase).

The group says Limited to me. But the color says otherwise. Might this not be an American market bike?
I agree the color is wrong for a limited, and that metallic Celeste is an awesome color.

I suspect this was just rebuilt at some point. or possibly some previous owner just built it up from a bare frame. It is also possible the Metallic Celeste was not well received and the color was switched after the first run, or maybe the just dropped it as a cost saving measure. Of the 5 models that came wif Formula Two tubing this was the only one that was not Celeste so maybe they just changed to save money.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Correct those decals would make it an '88 or '89. Exage Sport was '88 and Sport LX group would be an '89. What is with the fork? your best hope for finding a fork may be buying a huge Sport SX, or 89 Brava Limited frame and harvesting the fork.
Thanks Bianchigirl! The brakes are Exage Sport, but the rest of the components are Sport LX. The original fork got damaged, and the chrome one that is on it now was what the LBS was able to put on in it's place. That was back around 2002 or 2003, when I was just interested in being able to ride it.
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Originally Posted by Murray Missile View Post
Thanks Bianchigirll, yes it is going to clean up VERY nicely. Looks like it was well cared for early in it's life then sat in a corner for the last couple decades. Not much wear and tear, just lot's of dirt and grime on the top of everything. The paint and decals are 99% intact.
I would certainly ditch that spoke guard but try and put a new on. You don't want a buyer coming back with a derailleur wrapped in the spokes.
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Originally Posted by ChicagoDan View Post
Thanks Bianchigirl! The brakes are Exage Sport, but the rest of the components are Sport LX. The original fork got damaged, and the chrome one that is on it now was what the LBS was able to put on in it's place. That was back around 2002 or 2003, when I was just interested in being able to ride it.
What does the tubing decal say? It is always possible the Exage Sport brakes were used until the supply was exhausted (which seems odd because shipmano was trying real hard to force complete groups on manufacturers) since Sport LX, aside from a from a few cosmetic changes was basically Exage Sport with a new name.

Too bad about the fork, but it will be tough finding a nice replacement. The shade of Celeste can vary from year to year and then when you consider fading over the years, then there was Mint Celeste which was a little lighter in color and the Nouvo Celeste that had that bluish pearlish overcoat. Troll craigs list occasionally or set up an alert for Sport SX. You never know you may get lucky and find one with a damaged rearend or something that was stripped for whatever reason. Most any frame builder can lengthen a steerer quite easily too.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
What does the tubing decal say? It is always possible the Exage Sport brakes were used until the supply was exhausted (which seems odd because shipmano was trying real hard to force complete groups on manufacturers) since Sport LX, aside from a from a few cosmetic changes was basically Exage Sport with a new name.

Too bad about the fork, but it will be tough finding a nice replacement. The shade of Celeste can vary from year to year and then when you consider fading over the years, then there was Mint Celeste which was a little lighter in color and the Nouvo Celeste that had that bluish pearlish overcoat. Troll craigs list occasionally or set up an alert for Sport SX. You never know you may get lucky and find one with a damaged rearend or something that was stripped for whatever reason. Most any frame builder can lengthen a steerer quite easily too.
Now that I looked more carefully, I think they might have run out of Exage Sport drive train components. I still have the original pedals, which are labelled Exage Sport. I didn't see any tubing decals indicating anything about the components.

Here are some closeups of the components.

Shifting Components:




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The tubing decal won't say anything about the components but... IIRC the '88 tubing decal says Bianchi and the '89 says Ishawatta.

Yep it was likely an assembly line thing. Is that unicrown fork or does it have a sloping crown? are the dropouts stamped with a name?
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I would certainly ditch that spoke guard but try and put a new on. You don't want a buyer coming back with a derailleur wrapped in the spokes.
Thanks, I wouldn't dream of going to all the work to make this "mint" and leave the old yellowed dork disc on, I'm a bit OCD about details like that. I leave the discs off my own bikes but put them on everything else.
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Just picked this one up this morning.

From what's been said it seems to be a 1989 Bianchi Sport SX with
Shimano sport lx components.


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I'll just drop this in here.

BIANCHI SPORT SX ORCHID...BIANCHI SPORT SX CELESTE...BIANCHI SPORT SX ROSE. ..BIANCHI SQUADRA (IN PROGRESS)

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Very nice collection! What is the weight of each final bike?

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I'll just drop this in here.

BIANCHI ORCHID...BIANCHI SPORT SX...BIANCHI SPORT SX ROSE. ..BIANCHI SQUARE (IN PROGRESS)
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I don't know the final weights of the finished bikes. When I get home ill set them onto a scale.

But here are the specs.

Bianchi Sport SX Orchid has full Dura Ace 7800....wheelset Dura Ace 7800

Bianchi Sport SX New Rose has full Shimano 105 5700....wheelset Shimano RS10

Bianchi Sport SX Celeste has Shimano Sport LX...wheelset Araya 700c
(^ Im thinking of installing it with a Dura Ace 7800 groupset same as the Orchid)

Bianchi Squadra Electric Rose will be built with Shimano Ultegra 6800.

Now I really am curious to see what they weigh)


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Let me guess assume they are same size? 21"? stock one is like 23lb?

Orchid: 21lb
Rose: 21lb
Celeste: 23lb

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I don't know the final weights of the finished bikes. When I get home ill set them onto a scale.

But here are the specs.

Bianchi Sport SX Orchid has full Dura Ace 7800....wheelset RS10

Bianchi Sport SX New Rose has full Shimano 105 5700....wheelset Dura ace 7800

Bianchi Sport SX Celeste has Shimano Sport LX...wheelset Araya 700c
(^ Im thinking of installing it with a Dura Ace 7800 groupset same as the Orchid)

Bianchi Squadra Electric Rose will be built with Shimano Ultegra 6800.

Now I really am curious to see what they weigh)


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What does it matter? They are all great riding bikes and a little extra weight in the frame sometimes translates into a smoother ride. If you want light weight get a noodly Vitus or a hard riding Cannondale.
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Im not overly concerned about their weight but It's true that they all ride great and compared to a modern Cannondale. Just a few weeks ago I built up a Cannondale super six carbon and the ride felt very weak and uncomfortable. I didn't feel the power of the bike no matter how hard i pedaled.
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I am just curious what can a modernize Bianchi weight like? should I spend the money or not? I don't have problem with friction shifting but sometimes I miss STI shifting (not the tuning part).

Happy Riding.

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Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but my question is so quick and random I didn't want to create a post for it. I've got a 2001 Bianchi Pista single speed with stock crank and I think aftermarket 15t cog (as bikepedia lists 16 as stock). According to bikepedia this bike is setup as 3/32", which I find hard to believe. I'm looking at new cranks and cogs and am wondering what the hell I have. To answer an inevitable suggestion, I will measure what I have. Just wondering if anyone knew for sure. Thanks. 2001 Bianchi Pista - BikePedia
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I am just curious what can a modernize Bianchi weight like? should I spend the money or not? I don't have problem with friction shifting but sometimes I miss STI shifting (not the tuning part).

Happy Riding.

It simply depends how weight weenie you want to go. If you have a FW hub building a set of light tubular racing wheels, like a 32h mavic GEL 330 rear and 28h GEL 280 front (or their modern equivalent) will sho the biggest weight savings. STI or 'Brifters' will actually add some weight. a Ti stem, post and BB will also shed some weight.

In the late '80s early '90s there was a few companies selling all manner of Ti screws, bolts and nuts to lighten almost everything on your bike. I light pully set with Ti bolts, Ti crank bolts (but you had to torque the cranks on with steel bolts then install the Ti), alloy or Ti chainring, bottle cage, stem.... you name it you could find Ti or alloy for it. Light weight at times is simply a matter of imagination and $$$$.$$

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Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but my question is so quick and random I didn't want to create a post for it. I've got a 2001 Bianchi Pista single speed with stock crank and I think aftermarket 15t cog (as bikepedia lists 16 as stock). According to bikepedia this bike is setup as 3/32", which I find hard to believe. I'm looking at new cranks and cogs and am wondering what the hell I have. To answer an inevitable suggestion, I will measure what I have. Just wondering if anyone knew for sure. Thanks. 2001 Bianchi Pista - BikePedia
I assume your referring to the chain pitch being 3/32? I suspect it is 3/32 as despite it being called a Pista Bianchi assumed it would mostly see street use and so use 3/32 to allow it to be easily adapted to single speed with a BNX freewheel. It is drilled for brakes yes?
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No idea what year this is really, but it is a Bianchi San Remo. Rebuilt early this year with Shimano 105 5800 and threw on a set of Mavic Aksiums, new brakes, Clement Strada LGG tires, Soma HWY One bars, and a Ritchey stem with a threadless adapter. Ignore the seatpost if you must, it seems to be polarizing but I have grown to like it. A little over 1k miles on this build so far and it has been absolutely flawless. It might even take on a few cx races later in the year. Why not, right?







For the convo above, it tips the scales at 21.4 lbs as seen here (but without bottles).

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I assume your referring to the chain pitch being 3/32? I suspect it is 3/32 as despite it being called a Pista Bianchi assumed it would mostly see street use and so use 3/32 to allow it to be easily adapted to single speed with a BNX freewheel. It is drilled for brakes yes?
It is a single speed/fixed gear from the factory. And most fixed gears are 1/8" not 3/32". 3/32" as you know is usually reserved for geared bikes or some older single speeds. I'm talking chain/crank/cog. Yes it's drilled for brakes.
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Originally Posted by donovanjdouglas View Post
It is a single speed/fixed gear from the factory. And most fixed gears are 1/8" not 3/32". 3/32" as you know is usually reserved for geared bikes or some older single speeds. I'm talking chain/crank/cog. Yes it's drilled for brakes.
The catalogs don't seem to specify what size the chain is, you may try writing to Bianchi U.S.A. via their website. Perhaps I made an error in thinking it would be 3/32.
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