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Old 04-04-12, 01:30 PM
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1976 Olympics Rossin

some time ago this bike was offered to me from Vienna, I purchased a different bike from the man, He knew nothing about the history but he DID know this thing was worth a few bills, last I heard he was offered 1000€ and was hinting I should make him a better offer, dont know who has it now but yea....what was it worth?
and does anybody know any history of it?

I got this info from Mike Fraysse
"Mario Rossin left Colnago in 1974 and started building bikes under his name.The new company did not supply bikes to Pro riders until 1977.In 1976 the Olympics were only open to Amateurs and It was very likely some of the riders used Rossins including Russians.In 1980 Rossin Supplied bicycles to the entire Russian National Team. That is all I can tell you.It is nice bike."
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That bike is stunning. I think it would fetch at least 1000 Euros on ebay. More metal missing on the brakes than I would feel comfortable about, but the drillium work overall looks really nicely done (to my untrained eye).
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Maybe of particular interest to a well-heeled Montreal cyclist (I lived there six years, I do find the unique panto work alluring, I must admit)...but then again, it took three decades to pay off the bill for the Olympics. Might stir up some old anxieties.

I do concur, great bike.
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wow, speechless...
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Stunner. Thanks for sharing...
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That crankset is amazing!
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Very nice!!

I believe that it is "Marc" not "Mario".
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This is the kind of thing I think about when I think "rare" - not Confentes or California Masis. There are a lot less than 135 or so of these out there, huh?

Beautiful bike - and of course I'm partial to the drillium. Nicely done, not too over-the-top. Lovely

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I think paying 1000 euros for that Rossin is stealing it form the original owner.
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maybe I should have bought it, but I really really do not want to start collecting bikes!
too many allready, thank god most of them for sale,
I keep maybe 3 for myself, all others can go.
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Day-umm! That is one detailed-out, tricked-out steed.
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Hi everybody,
I'm from Germany and bought this bike a while back for 1100,- Euro.
A very special bike indeed with a lot of drilling and vintage leightweight parts
like Omas Headset and titan spindle (they made them for Campagnolo anyway).
It weights 8,500 gramm with a standard not alu freewheel.

I had contact with Mario Rossin's son:

1.) Hi Jörg,
first of all I thank you for your appreciation about my dad's work. I
showed him the pictures of the bike, asking him some information about it.
The bike was built between 1976 and 1977 and it was named "Montreal" because
of the olympic games, that took place in 1976 in the Canadian town.
My father told me that series was used by Italian professional cycling team
Itla GBC. I attached two photos of some athletes belonging to the team
(Vittorio Algeri is the most famous of them).
My dad is really pleased that many people around the world still like his
work.

Hope you will enjoy so much your new ride

2.)

Hi Jörg,

my father told me that the new logo was introduced in 1978, after losing a legal controversy against Rossignol, the Italian ski factory. Our "R" was too similar to theirs, so Rossin switched to the second logo, which is, in my opinion, even better than the older one.

Unfortunately we don't have any memorabilia of Itla GBC or of any other team... I'm sorry.

You have my permission to publish my comment on the website you're member of.


Thank you for your interest. Have a nice day.


He might be wrong with the logo conversion since the 1977 team photos are showing allready the new logo.

Some more infos from the Rossin Homepage:

Naturally, the first spokesmen of the new bicycle brand were the athletes of the Itla team. All amateurs about to become professionals; in the 1975 season, they raced and won on Rossin bikes. And in November 1975, the Rossin bike made its debut at the Milan Cycle Fair. Garbelli, who was becoming an increasing more clever business strategist, and then production manager, exhibited above all Rossin models – 1976 Montreal Olympics. Success was immediate: the Rossin stand was always full. “These frames – exclaimed the experts passionately – are real gems”.



one the next pic below from the 1975 Milano Cycle Fair you see on the left side a banner which spots
Montreal Titanium.
Due to Mario Rossin's son this doesn't mean titanium frame
but titanium parts:

Hi Jörg,
sorry for the delay I answer, but I had to show this picture to my father and he doesn't access his mailbox so often.

First of all, my father doesn't appear in this photo. The man on the left side is Mr. Ghezzi, business partner of my dad at that time. The man on the right side is Mr. Garbelli, who will become my father's partner afterwards. My dad did not recognize the man in the middle; perhaps he's a pro cyclist.
The frame Montreal 76 wasn't made in titanium, but steel 100%. Otherwise, some parts of the bike gear (brand Campagnolo) was in titanium, this is the reason of the model's name.
I hope these informations will be useful to you.

https://fotos.rennrad-news.de/p/185861


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Hello Jörg, welcome, thanks for signing in and providing some more pics and details of this wonderful machine.
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Wow, that an amazing day already!
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Thanks

Im happy to know what happened to this bike and its history.
the seller was from Wien,
I purchased my PUCH Ultima from him at the same time he was selling this bike.

I do note it has the hollow TI spindle-you know about those!


Best of luck with that great bicycle
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Originally Posted by puchfinnland View Post
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Im happy to know what happened to this bike and its history.
the seller was from Wien,
I purchased my PUCH Ultima from him at the same time he was selling this bike.

I do note it has the hollow TI spindle-you know about those!


Best of luck with that great bicycle
Mike
Hi Mike,
yes Vienna.
Drove there with my wife and spend the weekend.
Bought some more stuff from that guy including that
Chesini X-Uno frame which I build up:

https://fstatic1.rennrad-news.de/img/...e/DSC_9284.JPG

I read somewhere that those hollow spindles broke
to easily and the stopped making them
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Thanks Gmanella - wonderful information.
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Wow, what a neat thread, a beautiful bike to drool over and so much information. The pantographing and drillium are so detailed and intricate. And then the new owner with correspondence with Mr. Rossin's son giving so much information. This made my day just to absorb all of this. Oh, welcome, Gmanella, please stick around C&V.

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Thats me riding that bike last year at l'eroica


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Hello gmanella, and thanks for sharing here. I wonder if you can help us understand better, the relationship Mr. Rossin had with the late Jim Miele, of Canada. Some people have called the better Miele bicycles Canadian Colnagos, but I don't think that's very accurate, more like stretching the truth. From much reading, it looks like Mr. Rossin was Mr. Colnago's main frame builder, then later went to work for himself. But we don't have a clear picture of what all he did with Jim Miele. I guess you could simplify it, and say he (Mario) helped Jim set up his factory, but it would be great, if he could elaborate a bit. Thanks.
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Beautiful bike! This was a commemorative bike and not a "team" bike used in the Olympics, right?? I guess it was the best way for Mario Rossin to show his craftsmanship to the world as he was just starting out on his own back then. Very common for artisans of the past and present to do so and these items become very important to the maker's history as they were extra special builds.
Interesting comment from the son about issues that came up about their "R" possibly looking too much like "R" on Rossignol skis, as it was used on lots of products from the ski maker. I still remember the Rossignol downhill ski gloves I had in the early 80's with a big red "R" on it and it did kinda look like the "R" on the Rossin bikes.....Although, I always thought that Rossignol was a French ski maker and not Italian as Mario's son seemed to have noted....

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that is an amazing bike. i really dork out over all that drillium. i wonder how much weight that actually saves? has anyone ever weighed a bike, drilled the heck out of it, then weighed it again? maybe drillium dude?
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