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Old 04-02-12, 07:05 PM
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Newest ride... Japanese Bianchi

1989 Brava. Ishiwata "Bianchi Superset" frame. Cro-Mo fork. Suntour 7-speed GPX groupset. Araya rims.

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I <3 celeste
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I have one of these ( A Japanese made Pro) from the same era, and I like it a lot.

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GPX is good stuff...and yours is black too, it looks like.
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GPX is good stuff...and yours is black too, it looks like.
Can't decide if it's black or dark gray. It's nice for a change.
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Wow, that looks fast.
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I don't usually go for black componentry, but that's a sharp-looking bike!
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Old 04-03-12, 07:32 AM
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I don't usually go for black componentry, but that's a sharp-looking bike!
Thanks. I like the look, too.

Replacing the tires (and maybe the saddle) is probably all I will need to do for now.
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Nice. I have a late 80's Brava and I love it!

Please, could you post the serial number? Thanks.
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Nice. I have a late 80's Brava and I love it!

Please, could you post the serial number? Thanks.
Thanks, I'll check the S/N and post sometime tonight.
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Great looking Bianchi. That one seemd to be under the radar scope for some reason. I started working in a Bianchi shop in '89 and we seemed to sell a fair number of Limiteds that year and from repairs we seem to have sold a few Bravas the year before. I am not sure why we never sold any of these maybe we were selling leftover Brava and Limiteds from '88.

I built a few Holdsworth frames we had with some GPX takeoff parts (so if you NewEnglanders ever run across a red or silver Holdsworth with GPX it was my doing) and it seemed like good stuff.

I always liked Suntour but the shifting could be finicky and the different spacing in the cogs did not help much. It works well but never butter smooth like shimano and that darned centruon pulley stuff. IIRC the brakes had the internal spring like later SupurbeePro yes?

Let us know how she shakes out after a few rides.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Great looking Bianchi. That one seemd to be under the radar scope for some reason.
Thanks, BG. I assume it was placed somewhere in between the CdI and the Sport SX in the lineup. Would that be accurate?

I always liked Suntour but the shifting could be finicky and the different spacing in the cogs did not help much. It works well but never butter smooth like shimano and that darned centruon pulley stuff. IIRC the brakes had the internal spring like later SupurbeePro yes?
Thanks for the insight into the GPX group. You're spot on regarding the shifting, at least in indexed mode. I hope to try friction mode this weekend. It also has an intermittent pinging I think is coming from the RD. I only hear it when the drivetrain is under tension, so it's not something loose and rattling against the frame.

Never tried Superbe Pro, so I can't comment on that aspect, but the brakes are great and have excellent modulation from the hoods, more like dual-pivot. Wish my 105 SLRs were as good.

Let us know how she shakes out after a few rides.
Will do. The tires are going very soon. They are almost brand new Specialzed Tri-Comps. Durable, no doubt, but heavy (400+ gms per tire!) and low TPI casing.
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Serial number is IS867486.

Can anyone decipher that?
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Serial number is IS867486.

Can anyone decipher that?
No but it is an '89 if I didn't make that clear. The Brava was usually a cut above the CdI which as every knows Bianchi vialiantly tried to keep all Italian until the end in '90. Once it went to a japanese frame it usually did share the frame of the Sport SX though in keeping with Bianchi (and everyone elses) habit of sharing frames among models. Also for those intereste din such triva the Brava became the Alfana in '90 sharing a Prestige frame with the Limited which had become the Virata. somewhere here I have the translation on just what they mean in Italian.

TMar may be able to decode the serial number but is usually tied up with his son at Crew this time of year.
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Thanks again, BG. Your knowledge is amazing!

It's ok if I never know the month in which it was made. But it would be really cool if the manufacturing date was on my birthday.

Edit: There is no 9 in the SN, but I is the 9th letter of the alphabet, so that must correspond to the year of manufacture. If the S correlates to weeks, that would be the 19th week of the year. That's as far as I can decipher it.
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