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Old 09-20-12, 02:58 PM
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Chesini Criterium

Hi,

For a few month I was looking for classic(preferably Italian with Columbus tubing) frame set in local market and finally found one that fits me. The goal is to build up a nice classic road bike. I searched the net for hours, but still there are lot of open questions...

The frameset comes with original fork, Chesini dropouts and has Columbus GARA tubilg(see pictures below).

So here it goes:
1) Any guess about age? From middle 80's?
2) What's the Chesini road bike hierarchy of that age? In which place this one stands?
3) Does Chesini Criterium model was sold as frameset or as fully equipped bike/factory model? If it was a factory model which component group it has?
If if was complected with some good stuff I'll try to restore it as it was. If not, I'll put on some Campagnolo group, because Italian deserves one

Thanks in advance for info

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Old 09-20-12, 03:29 PM
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Judging by the style of the head badge, I'd have to put this around 1989-91 ? Columbus GARA is lower end (for Columbus) but not terrible. I think Campy group is a good choice. I think maybe early Chorus ( introduced in '87 ) would be nice on this.

Looks like it will make a very nice riding machine !

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I'd have to guess and say it's an early to mid-90's model.

The decals look pretty modern, as do the highlights in the paint, and the bike has cable stops and braze-on's on the head tube for the shifter cables so it looks to be set-up for brifters, which likely makes the frame a 130mm spread and I don't think Columbus offered GARA tubing before the late 80's/early 90's. Perfect for a modern Campy 9 or 10 speed.

I really like it, and as JPZ66 said, it should make a great rider, and a good looking one to - hey, it's red!
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Very nice. CampI gets my vote

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Here come's detailed pictures from key areas. I hope that these pics will lead to more detailed information

Please feel free to share anything you know about this frame. Thanks in advance!









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Old 10-29-12, 02:56 PM
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Graphically, that appears to be the same exact era as my Innovation...which is a '92...FWIW.
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I don't know exactly when Gara was introduced, but it wasn't in the catalog as late as 1988. The oldest reference I have to it is from 1992. Gara was a plain gauge tubeset. It was similar to Aelle but used CrMo versus CMn, so was slightly thinner and lighter. Given the era and tubeset, I'd say the most appropriate Campagnolo group would be Xenon or Veloce.
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