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Old 10-02-14, 01:49 PM
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Looking for an old Bianchi

Hello all,
I'm new to the forums and I want to take the opportunity to say hello. I'm also looking for my second vintage Bianchi. I'm working one one right now but it's too big for me.

So, I'm looking for an upper end Bianchi frame to build on. Do any of you have any suggestions as to which frames are worth building on?
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Hello Welcome to the forums.


That can be tricky because everyone thinks any Celeste Bianchi is an upper end model. if the frame still has a model name look for post '85 models like Mondiale or Super Leggera or in some years the Giro. The post '85 Super Leggers and Mondaile were SL/SP or SLx/SPX mixes deoending on the year. I had a SL Super Leggera and it was a wonderful ride so I am sure the SLX is even better.

Don't shy away from the Forumla 2 or Special frames while not always top shelf bikes, the '85 Mondiale was Special tubing, they are great rides.
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Old 10-02-14, 02:20 PM
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Thanks for the info. I'm interested in bike in he 80's and early 90's. The bike I'm working on has formula two tubing in argintine Celeste color. Not sure of the model or year. The frame is very light, just to big.
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Throw it up on the frame trade thread. Someone out there might have a frame thats to small for them....
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bulgier.net - /pics/bike/catalogs/

http://members.jcom.home.ne.jp/my_bianchi/catalogs.htm

VeloBase.com - Catalog Scans

...Bianchi changed their model designators quite a bit, so you probably ought to look at a bunch of catalogs until you feel comfortable with them.

I just bought a Rekord 845 that was aggressively priced, and in all honesty, I have no idea how it will ride until I get some new wheels/tires on it.

I can tell you that I think some of their Japanese made models with Piaggio stickers are pretty good bikes, and get less respect than they deserve. (Professional, Limited, etc.)
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It sounds like an '88 Trofeo that would have come stock with Suntour derailleurs, Modolo brakes and Ofmega cranks. Nice bike I like mine but alas it is on the sale list to get ready to move.
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Can anyone answer. Is the Specialissima the X4? Are these two names for the same bike, or are they different bikes? The 1987 catalog has no Specialissima.
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My research came to the same conclusion, it has suntour sprint 9000 derailers and of mega cranks and modolo breaks ( couldn't determine the model). I will post pictures tonight, here and on the frame for trade forum. Though I dont think any one would trade for a super leggera. Lol
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Here are some pictures of the bike frame. Can you tell me the model and the year of production.
Thanks
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Can anyone answer. Is the Specialissima the X4? Are these two names for the same bike, or are they different bikes? The 1987 catalog has no Specialissima.
To the best of my knowledge the Specilisma decal was just something applied to the right chainstay of frames prior to '85ish. I believe this was a way to distinguish the upper crust before the whole Reparto Corse idea took off. Most X-4 seem to not have been cataloged, There was one cataloged in '87 but it is simply called an X4. it came in basic Celeste color. I am not sure if the coveted Argentine Celeste ones were imported later in '87 an uncatloged '88 model or simply bikes brought in under the radar so to speak.

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Here are some pictures of the bike frame. Can you tell me the model and the year of production.
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Yes that is a '88 Trofeo, I'll check the model of the brakes tonight, some refer to them simply as Modolo Celeste owing to the Celeste stripes on them.
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I found a bianchi of unknown model (it looks to be a mondiale) with SLX tubing and the serial #4441 any guesses? They want $500 for it. Its in good shape with few scratches. she said her borther was a professional rider paid $2000 for it. Is it worth it in your opinion?

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$500 is a fair, but not necessarily a great price without more details
as 3alarmer has mentioned, I have one of those Japanese tange oval tubed builds and its very well make, was real bargin at the time and considered now a better build than similarly priced models from Italy (I think its a Limited, can someone confirm?)
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Anybody know what model this Bianchi "hybrid" is?

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Don't overlook the Tre Tubi frames -- double butted Columbus main triangle, where it counts, seamed CrMo fork blades and stays. Mine is no Specialissima, but I seriously doubt I could tell the difference, other than a couple of hundred grams of weight penalty. The geometry is the same, so the handling is the same.
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Two different bikes, specialissima and X4 are different years. I got the X4 thinking the same tjat it was a specialissima X4, after some searching I came across a like noting t has e differences. Will post the link later when I get home.
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turns out it is a 1989 Giro with SLX tubing. It has some scratches but all in all is in good shape. Here are some pictures. Any idea of the value.
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Two different bikes, specialissima and X4 are different years. I got the X4 thinking the same tjat it was a specialissima X4, after some searching I came across a like noting t has e differences. Will post the link later when I get home.
So what year did they make a Specialissma?

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turns out it is a 1989 Giro with SLX tubing. It has some scratches but all in all is in good shape. Here are some pictures. Any idea of the value.
That would be an '89/90/91 (Basically an '89 model recataloged in '90 and sold until supply exhausted) I think $500 for a frame only is a little ambitious. The MSRP was likely closer to 1500-1600.
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Some more information would be nice but the frame looks like either an '68 Squadra or Brava with different components and the hybrid conversion

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I was thinking $350 for the frame. Is that in the ball park?
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