Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Which is the better frame, 1999 Bianchi Brava or 1977 Fuji S10-S?

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Which is the better frame, 1999 Bianchi Brava or 1977 Fuji S10-S?

Old 09-11-11, 08:55 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 62

Bikes: 1970 Peugeot PX-10E, 1971 Gitane Tour de France, 1976 MKM, 1980 Holdsworth Mistral, 1984 Woodrup Giro Touring, 1985(?) Bianchi Stelvio, 1987 Bianchi Brava, 1989 Schwinn (Waterford) Paramount, 1994 Trek 1400

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Which is the better frame, 1999 Bianchi Brava or 1977 Fuji S10-S?

I'm looking for opinions/experiences from people who have ridden both. Both frames are no-name chro-moly double butted main tubes. I've never ridden the Bianchi, but would build it up (and sell the Fuji) if it is a better frame. If the Fuji is better, I won't bother building up the Bianchi but will just sell the frame. I can't keep them both; I don't have enough room. Thanks! Z
Zumkopf is offline  
Old 09-12-11, 04:43 AM
Senior Member
sonatageek's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Cleveland,Ohio
Posts: 2,784
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
The Fuji is double butted hi-tensile steel and not cromoly. I had one for a bit and thought the build quality on the bike was good. Not too heavy for a hi-ten frame.

I would give the Fuji style points for being lugged, but would say that the Bianchi is the better frame.
sonatageek is offline  
Old 09-12-11, 04:46 AM
Senior Member
randyjawa's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada - burrrrr!
Posts: 10,623

Bikes: 1958 Rabeneick 120D, 1968 Legnano Gran Premio, 196? Torpado Professional, 2000 Marinoni Piuma

Mentioned: 182 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1036 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 772 Times in 475 Posts
Learning what characteristics make a good frame is an important thing to know when involved in vintage road bicycles. Spend a bit of time learning what it takes to impart Bicycle Quality and you will be miles ahead in making your decision.

Hope this is a help.
"98% of the bikes I buy are projects".

Last edited by randyjawa; 09-12-11 at 04:46 AM. Reason: oops
randyjawa is offline  
Old 09-12-11, 06:25 AM
Thrifty Bill
wrk101's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Mountains of Western NC
Posts: 22,599

Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue X2, 88 Cimarron LE, 1975 Sekai 4000 Professional, 73 Paramount, plus more

Mentioned: 79 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 906 Post(s)
Liked 318 Times in 239 Posts
+1 1977 S10S was pretty basic, all high ten steel frame, stays and fork. No brainer on this one. Go with the Brava if you want the "best" frame.

As far as sellability, the Fuji built up should sell well, as people like the old lugged Fujis.
wrk101 is offline  
Old 09-12-11, 07:04 AM
Senior Member
jeepr's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Detroit, MI
Posts: 552
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
If I remember correctly, the 77 Fuji was Hi-tensil steel, the 78 was Cro-mo. If it's a late 77, it may be Cro-mo. I really like the ride of the Fuji's. I think the Bianchi will have a little more aggressive geometry.

I personally would go with the Fuji because I like the lugged frames. I don't think you can go wrong with either though.
jeepr is offline  
Old 09-12-11, 08:39 AM
Bianchi Goddess
Bianchigirll's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Shady Pines Retirement Fort Wayne, In
Posts: 27,338

Bikes: Too many to list here check my signature.

Mentioned: 144 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1943 Post(s)
Liked 729 Times in 460 Posts
I am going to throw in with the "Bianchi would be better" crowd. not just ecause it is a Bianchi but, I believe the S10-s was a solid Sport level and as other have eluded toto it may have a HiTen frame or just a mix of ChroMo and Hiten. the Bianchi Brava however was always agreat (until they put flat bars on it) upper end beginner racer so the frame is very likely to be a decent DB ChroMoly in Bianchis SuperSet or does it have the big ovalized DT, I think they called it MegaPro, any way I think if your looking for a nice rider the Bianchi is definitely the better frame to build and ride for fun and excerise.
Bianchis '90 Proto, '90 Campione del Fausto Giamondi Specialisma Italiano Mundo, '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '86 Volpe, '97 Ti Megatube, '93 Reparto Corse SBX

Others but still loved; '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape SLX Bertoni "Speckled Trout"
Bianchigirll is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Don Buska
Classic & Vintage
12-30-17 10:27 AM
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
06-20-14 12:45 PM
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
02-25-14 04:26 PM
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
03-19-12 03:27 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.