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Old 08-12-13, 05:39 PM   #1
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Finished my first ever build - chrome Coppi

I just recently finished this:





It's been a long way, and not everything has been easy, but today I took the Coppi for its first real ride. I never built up a bicycle before,
so it was fun learning (and learning not to trust many of our local bike shops)
Even though the bike isn't strictly C&V, it is very retro, and so I think this is the right forum for this...

This is where I started:






The frame and forks along with the wheelset were NOS, originally made somewhere in the 90's.
I decided to put a new Campy Veloce gruppo on it:






Got a nice deal for some Ambrosio wheels too.






Modolo handlebars are the only used part on the whole build - I could not find anywhere a new, polished silver handlebar with twin cable grooves. The stem is (whisper it) Japanese..






An attempt for an artsy shot:






And another pic of the complete bike:




This is the spec sheet of the bike:

Frame: Fausto Coppi ~'95 (Columbus Thron tube set)
Forks: Fausto Coppi ~'95 (Columbus Genius)
Rims/hubs/tires: Ambrosio Excellence / Miche RG2 / Vittoria Rubino Pro
Handlebars/stem/headset: Modolo T-Poc / Zenith Gran Compe / Campagnolo Record 2013
Seat/seat post: Selle Italia X0 Flow / Deda RS01
Groupset: Campagnolo Veloce 2013
Pedals/bottle cage/bar tape: Rsp Keo / Elite Ciussi / Fizik Superlight


Now then, can anyone tell me more about this Fausto Coppi frameset? There is no serial number on it and on the web there's precious little information about these '90s models.
I know about Masciaghi and Pelizzoli who teamed up to produce these things, but that's it.
So, what would an original model designation have been in the '90s for a new bike with this frame? And what parts would have been on it at that time?
Thanks for watching, any info will be appreciated!
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Old 08-12-13, 05:43 PM   #2
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Looks very nice.
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Nice job! RACY.
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It came out great! Nice work.
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Wow. What will you do for an encore, build your own frame...? Beautiful bike, all the more so because you built it yourself. You know every cm, and you'll fix every bug, tweak it out. Very very nice. Glad to have you here with the steel rats.
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Old 08-12-13, 07:55 PM   #6
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Oooooohhh.... shiny! Some of us may be part raven, as we keep bringing shiny stuff back to our nest. I'm not sure about the newer Coppi's, but Fiorelli used the name in the 60's and 70's. Whatever gruppo your frame might have been assigned originally, you couldn't have done much better with yours. Very nice!
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congrats and kudos for one truly nice looking bike!
awesome job, always love the subtle modern enhancement on a C&V sort.
have fun riding and thanks for sharing.
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Yeah man! Nice bike, well done.
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Very cool stuff, the bike looks great! So you did your first complete build with components like these - Did you take driving lessons in a Ferrari?
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It's so shiny.
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Thank you guys very much for your kind words! So nice to get so positive feedback - thank you!

This build has been a lesson for me in many respects, and has not come together without tears..
I am very happy about the final outcome, even though some of the local shops made a few scratches and grooves on the bike where I needed their specialist tools. The frame was completely unprepared when I first got it, the bearing surfaces had to be faced, steerer cut etc.. Although I had a few sad days because of those mishaps, I'm really enjoying the bike now. I'm a complete fool for aesthetics, and achieving the full 'gloss silver retro' look was not easy with all new parts. I do wish I wasn't such a perfectionist, however. I just fitted a cyclocomputer on the bike after taking the pictures (all colour coded of course), but I really don't like the feeling it gives to me visually. On the other hand, I do like to know how far and how fast I'm going. Oh well...

One thing I really love about the bike, though, is its incredibly supple ride. I haven't ridden many road bikes before, but this is by far the most forgiving on rough roads. That's just as well, as rough roads is exactly what we have around here. I'm probably going for a ride again this evening Wife's Miyata is also done now - it wasn't a full build, only some small modifications - but she is going to need a new saddle for it before she can really ride it the way it's supposed to be ridden. I hope we'll still be able to enjoy some quality riding moments together before weather gets bad. Summer is so short here in Finland.

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Old 08-13-13, 08:40 AM   #12
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LOVE it! Nice work sir!,,,,BD
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It's a very NiCe....
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A truly gorgeous build. It's very impressive, especially for your first effort.
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Sorry for re-opening this old thread. I'm under 50 posts count, not allowed to send PMs.

Just read your post which came up after searching for "modolo" and "t-poc".
I was wondering since I am building my first road bike just like you did in 2013. How does the Modolo handlebar feel? I am looking for a 26.0mm handlebar with ergo/anatomic design which does ride nice on top of the brakes (since I will be riding on top of the brakes for most of the time). I want the angle between the top of the handlebar and the brakes as fluid as possible (no angle). Can you ride the bike with your hands on top of the brakes for a long time without stress?

Thanks. Love your bike btw!
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Ah, chrome and Coppi - now you're talkin! I am a chrome fan, loving chrome stays, fork socks and, of course lugs. But an all chrome pated bicycle takes it to the next level, in my mind...



Beautiful bicycle and well executed build. Have fun with your new shiny friend.
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Ehmm, like I said, the thread is old. Like almost 2 years old. The bike might not be as "new" and "shiny" anymore.
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Thank you guys very much for your kind words! So nice to get so positive feedback - thank you!

This build has been a lesson for me in many respects, and has not come together without tears..
I am very happy about the final outcome, even though some of the local shops made a few scratches and grooves on the bike where I needed their specialist tools. The frame was completely unprepared when I first got it, the bearing surfaces had to be faced, steerer cut etc.. Although I had a few sad days because of those mishaps, I'm really enjoying the bike now. I'm a complete fool for aesthetics, and achieving the full 'gloss silver retro' look was not easy with all new parts. I do wish I wasn't such a perfectionist, however. I just fitted a cyclocomputer on the bike after taking the pictures (all colour coded of course), but I really don't like the feeling it gives to me visually. On the other hand, I do like to know how far and how fast I'm going. Oh well...

One thing I really love about the bike, though, is its incredibly supple ride. I haven't ridden many road bikes before, but this is by far the most forgiving on rough roads. That's just as well, as rough roads is exactly what we have around here. I'm probably going for a ride again this evening Wife's Miyata is also done now - it wasn't a full build, only some small modifications - but she is going to need a new saddle for it before she can really ride it the way it's supposed to be ridden. I hope we'll still be able to enjoy some quality riding moments together before weather gets bad. Summer is so short here in Finland.
Very good to know and what a beautiful build.

This bike represents so much of what we are losing as the technology advances.

Thanks for sharing.
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Sorry for re-opening this old thread. I'm under 50 posts count, not allowed to send PMs.

Just read your post which came up after searching for "modolo" and "t-poc".
I was wondering since I am building my first road bike just like you did in 2013. How does the Modolo handlebar feel? I am looking for a 26.0mm handlebar with ergo/anatomic design which does ride nice on top of the brakes (since I will be riding on top of the brakes for most of the time). I want the angle between the top of the handlebar and the brakes as fluid as possible (no angle). Can you ride the bike with your hands on top of the brakes for a long time without stress?

Thanks. Love your bike btw!
You're not looking for ergo/anatomic, you're looking for "compact" handlebars. You can google that but here's a list of 26.0 handlebars that are designed with modern shifters in mind:

Deda 215
Drop: 142 - Reach: 86

Deda Newton
Drop: 135 - Reach: 80

Deda Piega
Drop: 143 - Reach: 87

Bontrager SSR VR-C
Drop: 125 - Reach: 85

Soma Highway One
Drop: 130 - Reach: 75

Nitto M106 Neat
Drop: 128 - Reach: 78

Origin-8 Pro-lite Compact
Drop: 120 - Reach: 70

Civia Emerson
Drop: 128 - Reach: 80

Tranz X Alloy
Drop: 140 - Reach: 90

Procraft Road Pro Compact
Drop: 125 - Reach: 70
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Nice work, looks great. You'll love the Veloce group. Works flawlessly and at a great price.
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@shoota. Thank for that list of handlebars. Earlier today, before I saw this list, I ordered the 'Soma Highway One'.
I'll post pictures in the Pinarello thread when the bike is ready.
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@shoota. Thank for that list of handlebars. Earlier today, before I saw this list, I ordered the 'Soma Highway One'.
I'll post pictures in the Pinarello thread when the bike is ready.
Very nice. I really wanted those bars but wound up with the Bontrager bars instead, I'll probably wind up polishing off the shot peened black finish at some point. Tag me when you post in that Pinerello thread so I don't miss it.
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You're not looking for ergo/anatomic, you're looking for "compact" handlebars. You can google that but here's a list of 26.0 handlebars that are designed with modern shifters in mind:

Deda 215
Drop: 142 - Reach: 86

Deda Newton
Drop: 135 - Reach: 80

Deda Piega
Drop: 143 - Reach: 87

Bontrager SSR VR-C
Drop: 125 - Reach: 85

Soma Highway One
Drop: 130 - Reach: 75

Nitto M106 Neat
Drop: 128 - Reach: 78

Origin-8 Pro-lite Compact
Drop: 120 - Reach: 70

Civia Emerson
Drop: 128 - Reach: 80

Tranz X Alloy
Drop: 140 - Reach: 90

Procraft Road Pro Compact
Drop: 125 - Reach: 70
Deda 215's have a reach of 95, not 86.
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Deda 215's have a reach of 95, not 86.
Ok.
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Ok.
Scared me because I have the 215's, and just bought Hwy 1's to shorten my reach by 2 cm!
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