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Anyone heard of Pantera? (not GT)

Old 11-07-12, 09:15 PM
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Anyone heard of Pantera? (not GT)

Well, maybe GT, but I can't find much, if any, info on this vintage Pantera. I don't think the model is actually Championne du Monde, but the bike doesn't seem to have any other visible labels.

It's for sale on ebay right now; I'm mostly just curious.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Pantera-...30786107784%26
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Old 11-07-12, 09:19 PM
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Hahaha, I like the Breaking Away 5% off deal.

Definitely not GT. Looks like bike boom gaspipe.

Campagnolo bits, but they're LOWEND Valentino tho.

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Old 11-07-12, 09:40 PM
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Put it on ebay and claim it was Dimebag Darryl's when he was a kid
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Pantera...Yea great band!!!!
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I'm pretty sure that's a rebranded, boom era Chiorda. The seat tube decal is the same except for the logo and the Championne du Monde decal is the same too. Marino Basso won the 1972 World Championship road race riding a Chiorda, so there is some legitimacy to the decal and would place the bicycle circa 1973-1975. The 26" wheelset and lack of chrome indcates a bargain brand. A Valentino Extra equipped Chiorda would have been an upper entry level model, 2nd from the bottom of the line, been shod with 27" wheels and have exhibited lots of chrome (i.e. head lugs, fork crown, fork ends and stay ends).
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
I'm pretty sure that's a rebranded, boom era Chiorda. The seat tube decal is the same except for the logo and the Championne du Monde decal is the same too. Marino Basso won the 1972 World Championship road race riding a Chiorda, so there is some legitimacy to the decal and would place the bicycle circa 1973-1975. The 26" wheelset and lack of chrome indcates a bargain brand. A Valentino Extra equipped Chiorda would have been an upper entry level model, 2nd from the bottom of the line, been shod with 27" wheels and have exhibited lots of chrome (i.e. head lugs, fork crown, fork ends and stay ends).
Super informative. Thank you!
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I'm pretty sure that's a rebranded, boom era Chiorda.
I agree 100% with T-Mar regarding the Chiorda comparison. The Chiorda was, to me, one of the lower end Italian Book Bikes to reach North America. That said, they are neat old bicycles but do not expect spectacular ride qualities. This is an example of a similar Chiorda I built a few years ago. Again, not high end but nice in the vintage sense. That model is an upgraded Step Through. The OP's bicycle would be similar to this one, but not as ornate...



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Randy, the top end, boom era Chiorda models were truly sublime creations. They were definitely at least equal of the top models from major brands like Atala, Bianchi and Bottechchia and some would argue they belonged with the likes of Colnago and Masi. However, the entry level models were not so great. But then, that's the way it was during the boom. In general, the Italians excelled at high end bicycles, but had a poor reputation with entry level, mass produced models.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Randy, the top end, boom era Chiorda models were truly sublime creations. They were definitely at least equal of the top models from major brands like Atala, Bianchi and Bottechchia and some would argue they belonged with the likes of Colnago and Masi. However, the entry level models were not so great. But then, that's the way it was during the boom. In general, the Italians excelled at high end bicycles, but had a poor reputation with entry level, mass produced models.
Interesting, the French models were pretty good even at the low end. Hard to find a plusher ride than a UO-8, and untold thousands of loaded miles passed under the wheels of Gitane Hostellers.
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Interesting, the French models were pretty good even at the low end. Hard to find a plusher ride than a UO-8, and untold thousands of loaded miles passed under the wheels of Gitane Hostellers.
The French were definitely the desirable entry level bicycles at the start of the boom but by the end had been surpassed by the Japanese.
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