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Old 08-19-14, 12:20 PM
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Need opinions on this Conti from '84

Hi all,

I've put my hands on this bike that I don't know much about.
It's a Conti designer '84 and the frame has a Columbus SLX sticker as you can see in the attachments.
Crankset; shifters; brakes are Campagnolo (both breaks' cables go 'inside' the tube); pedals are maillard and saddle is a Turbo Special.
It is in quite good condition, except a few scratches here and there.

I don't know much about Conti, I read it's somehow related to Ciocc but I don't find the whole story behind it.
Anyone who can enlighten me and maybe tell me it would be worth?

Thanks a lot in advance!

/LaFaille
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Old 08-19-14, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by lafaille View Post
Hi all,

I've put my hands on this bike that I don't know much about.
It's a Conti designer '84 and the frame has a Columbus SLX sticker as you can see in the attachments.
Crankset; shifters; brakes are Campagnolo (both breaks' cables go 'inside' the tube) WHAT? ; pedals are maillard and saddle is a Turbo Special.
It is in quite good condition, except a few scratches here and there.

I don't know much about Conti, I read it's somehow related to Ciocc but I don't find the whole story behind it.
Anyone who can enlighten me and maybe tell me it would be worth?

Thanks a lot in advance!

/LaFaille

The pics are not the best but if your just looking to make a quick buck I would think you could get around $400 for it. If you showed it a little TLC like a good overhaul and maybe some new tires and break hoods you might get more like $600-700

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Old 08-19-14, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
The pics are not the best but if your just looking to make a quick buck I would think you could get around $400 for it. If you showed it a little TLC like a good overhaul and maybe some new tires and break hoods you might get more like $600-700

Thanks for your answer.
I got it for a bit less than $400. I'm not really into making a buck, I was just curious about it.
It's in quite good condition besides the tires and break hoods yes but I am planning on replacing them.

Thanks again!
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Old 08-19-14, 08:48 PM
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I don't see them much. I got my daughter one a few years ago. Hers is a lower model.

It originally came with Triomphe derailleurs. Here you see a Campagnolo Rally, which her friend destroyed.

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Old 08-19-14, 09:15 PM
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Never heard of Conti, but the SLX, campy and chrome says someone put a good amount of effort into it. it looks like a very nice bike.

definitely agree with BiachiGirls assessment. you'll be able to sell it for atleast what you already put in.
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Old 08-19-14, 10:50 PM
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It's another brand from the same shop that made Ciocc (and a very seldom-seen brand called "John") after the Bonati Brothers bought out Giovanni Pellizoli and went into more "mass-production". It still wasn't a huge factory but was much bigger than when Pellizoli was building all Ciocc himself. This Conti is probably nearly the same as a Designer '84 model SLX Ciocc, but since they didn't export Conti to the USA we have only seen pictures. Probably a wonderful riding Italian frame, enjoy it!
The brake cables going inside the TT is just called "internal cable routing"...if you can search the archives you may find a link to that great (but with a horrible soundtrack!) "industrial documentary" film about frame building in this factory in the '80s. In the closing shots you see all 3 brands (Ciocc, Conti and John) on the delivery van and factory wall graphics.
BYW, they used that "Designer '84" model name well after '84, chances are good that since it has SLX (and you can check for rifling in the tubes near the BB shell) which probably dates this to post '85 and the details like the brazed-on Italian flag and etc. that it could be a late '80s frame...what's the BB shell look like: is it a Cinelli "spoiler"?

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Old 08-20-14, 02:33 AM
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Thanks a bunch! Very informative little history!
It doesn't seem to have that Cinelli spoiler on the BB shell though.
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The spoiler BB shell would just help to date it, as those were available later than '84, AFAIK. I have a Ciocc from the same builders that has the same internal cable routing, same minimized head lugs (some call them "bikini" lugs) and similar seat cluster but different pump peg on the head tube and it has that Cinelli spoiler BB shell with "Ciocc" engraved on the top. I've decided mine is late '80s to early '90s. Mine is SL, not SLX but a wonderful ride nonetheless, yours should be, too!
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Again, thanks a lot!
I am really enjoying this ride so far!
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I found that video: scroll down to post #9 , and get the mute button ready!
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...ycle-made.html
wait until the last minutes and you'll see the "Conti" logo and Fleur de lys, or whatever that particular "fiore" is in Italian.
It's a great video despite the soundtrack!
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