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Carrera Volans? Aluminum. What is this?

Old 02-24-15, 05:18 PM
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Carrera Volans? Aluminum. What is this?



I've tried to get info about this bike without much look. I've googled it and the only frame I can find that has the same color scheme is the Volans (steel) anybody know anything about Carrera making aluminum frames? I hope these pictures came out!! Had a 27.2 Campagnolo SR seatpost and has a Syncros bottom bracket 36mm X 24?TPI ITA. Previous owner had it set up Dura-Ace 7400 parts/downtube shifters but obviously also brifters at one point. Also says "Made by Podium Italy Official Licensee Carrera Hand Made" on the frame sticker.





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Old 02-26-15, 06:41 AM
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Did you perform a Google search? I found loads of info...........
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Have to correct my post that was full of inaccuracies because: I was remembering factoids about GIORDANA (another Italian clothing company but not CARRERA).
Apparently there were no Carrera-branded frames before Podium-Carrera started up in 1989.

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Hey, all those names above make it sound like an Olive Garden Lunch special. I recent sold mine on the "Bay" for $600, with all Columbus EL and an almost new Brooks, mostly DA, and Easton wheels. It was I think a 58CM, team Blue. Beautiful fast riding bike with Columbus " Colnago style crimp " tubes. I was happy to sell it. Honestly it rode as nice as any vintage steel I have ridden, unfortunately the name association is not there. thanks
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I remember Carrera bikes. There was a Carrera cycling team in late '80s/90s sponsored by the Italian jeans company. Then started selling their branded bikes (contract built). Stephen Roche, Claudio Chiapucci, and Marco Pantani all rode for Carrera.

I disagree that the "name association isn't there" at least for me. I remember really lusting after those bikes with the pro/ TdF association and the over the top paint (like this one).
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Thanks for the replies. The weird thing about this frame is it's aluminum, not steel. I searched Google but wasn't able to find any info about them making aluminum frames or info about their value as aluminum frames. I'm not sure if this is a "Volans" or what other model it could be which is why I was hoping to get some info from someone who might have come across it before.
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Old 03-01-15, 08:17 AM
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Thanks! Alright, I'll admit I might not have been searching hard enough online. I've searched using several different keywords and combinations and also checked the "google.it" site (Italian Google) and found one on sale on a website similar to CL for 600 euros including a Campy Athena group. Pretty funny because they describe the bike as "mitica"- mythical.




"Bici Carrera da corsa in allumininio leggerissima con prezioso gruppo freni e cambio Campagnolo Athena. La bici perfetta in ottime condizioni completa di computerino; in vendita esclusivamente per inutilizzo. Questo modello era utilizzato da Pantani quando correva per la Carrera. MISURA 58"

"Super light aluminum Carrera racing bicycle with the precious Campagnolo Athena braking and shifting group. The bicycle is perfect in optimum condition complete with cyclometer: it is for sale exclusively due to lack of use. This model was used by Pantani when he raced for Carrera. Size 58"

Mitica carrera da corsa a Sarno - Kijiji: Annunci di eBay

Also found one on eBay with the same looking welds and similar paint style for sale for $450 for just the frame, BB, and fork.



https://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&alt=web&id=261775648891

I also read that somebody on another cycling forum contacted red rose imports and got a reply from



"Greg and got the low down. Its a 94 team production that was later released to consumers in 95 for a short time. The tube set was provided by Oria and its some aluminum ceramic blend. Chiapucci asked the Carrera Podium to build him titanium bike but it was too flexible for him. The outcome was this frame which the team road before the popularity of aluminum/carbon and carbon frames."



I'm assuming this is similar to what I have but I'm not positive...I'll try contacting red rose for my own "low down" and will update this post for any future Carrera owners!
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Your paint scheme looks like what I have, but the frame is aluminum... The Volans is a steel frame, I don't know if Carrera used that paint scheme on Aluminum frames and steel frames. My understanding is that the schemes were frame material specific, but I might be wrong. I would say Red Rose Imports might be able to tell you. If you send them your pics, they may be able to verify it's authenticity and model, perhaps year made?
I will not go into a lot of detail about Carrera Podium, seems some good info is already on the thread, plus you can find their web site on line. But a short, short spat about them: (1st of all, I'll admit to being a little biased )...

In my humble opinion: with out a doubt, one of the best Italian bike manufacturers out there. The fact that they are not as common as Colnago or Pinarello is what makes them rare and unique. (I love it!) As a manufacturer they hold a bunch of patents. Far superior to their competition they where the first to develop and use many technology's: 1st to tig weld aluminum frames, 1st to combine carbon stays on a aluminum frame, 1st to develop full carbon rear triangles matted to aluminum front triangles...
Carrera frames are built by the most qualified technicians, they ooze traditional Italian craftsmanship combined with the most cutting edge materials, technology and development. Carrera is the only frame factory with certified welders in the Italian bicycle industry. The certification UNI EN 288-3 for steel and UNI EN 288-4 for aluminum is significant because it ensures quality of the entire manufacturing process. This certification guarantees better quality, increased durability and outstanding performance.
Their frames are made one at a time, built to order, no generic sizing. Red Rose imports usually has a handful of popular sizes on hand, but at this price point, it only makes sense to have a frame built specifically to your measurements. ( Believe me, it's worth the wait). And no assembly line, one frame per one master frame builder. Everything is made in house, no outsourcing and I just checked their web site: total of 16 employees. It's a exclusive, small operation with focus on very high quality and performance. The Volans paint job is (was) air brushed by hand. And the performance of these bikes is outstanding. In 1994 Marco Pantani won the Tour De France (same frame-set and components, except he prefered downtube shifters). In 1995 he won the mountain stage at Alpe D'huez, setting a timed record for the ascent which still stands today, mind you this is on a steel lugged frame. My Carrera is the exact same set-up he rode in 1995. (I apologize if I sound a bit snobbish. Did I mention I love Carrera Podium?)
I have a 1995 Carrera, it's what later was called the Volans, but back in 1995, they had a different name (I don't remember (shame on me!!)). However, I do have the original 1995 Carrera catalog stashed away in one of my totes, when I find it, I'll scan it and post more info here. The bike is steel lugged, Columbus tubing, Compagnolo Record Titanium group set, Mavic ceramic rims with Record hubs, goose neck and handle bars, bar tape are Cinelli, Compagnolo Record everything else, except for the San Marco and Avocet saddles... I have both for this bike and swap them from time to time. The color is white with blue, which were the team Carrera colors back then.
My Dad was a huge Marco Pantani fan, when Marco won the Tour, and set the Alpe D'huez record the following year, my Dad went out and got himself measured and fitted, and put in the order for the frame-set. It was his retirement present for himself. About 7-8 weeks later when the frame-set arrived, he had it built with the exact same setup as what Marco was riding that year (95). He put very little miles on it, just leisure rides. He spent more time cleaning, waxing, and lubing/maintaining it. Needless to say, he kept it in mint condition. Fast forward 15 years, and he passed it on to me. So the bike is all original, and has stayed in the family. I'm only 1 inch taller than my Dad, so the fit of the custom tailored frame is perfect. I have other bikes for daily use and training. So like my Dad, I take the Carrera out on selective special rides, now and then, and keep it in good shape. Along with the bike there are 2 spare ceramic rims, and a extra Record Hub set: front and back, 4 extra Record chains, and a bigger Record Titanium cassette, which in the Tour, would have been used in the mountain stages. The cassette on the bike, in the photos, is what Marco rode on flat stages.
Here are some photos so you can compare your frame and paint scheme to this 1995 one:







Some photos of the frame detail and air brushed paint job:







I'll post more...

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Old 05-23-15, 02:25 AM
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Some more close ups of Carrera's craftsmanship











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and got a few more (hope you don't mind)
















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Sorry for the bump.

I sold this frameset to a new friend a couple weeks after posting this and he got in touch with Greg at Red Rose Imports. I'll quote the e-mail he received in reply:
"I am sure this was a model called Drago. This was 7003 double butted and heat treated aluminum and with an aluminum fork. I have some customers who still have this bike and say it is the fastest and most responsive bike they have ever ridden. We offered the Drago in a second color that was same paint scheme but Ferrari red with yellow waves and lettering. You need to build that and ride it!
Ciao,
Greg @ RRI"

Just figured I'd share in case someone else comes along a similar Carrera, it's apparently a speed machine.
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