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1993 Bianchi Ibex Mountain Bike - lugged steel hardtail

Old 04-09-10, 05:10 PM
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1993 Bianchi Ibex Mountain Bike - lugged steel hardtail

So I just picked up a 1993 Bianchi Ibex Mountain bike. It is 100% original with Shimano Exage Component, has 0 wear and it in pristine condition other than a few (very small) bangs from getting moved around the storage unit. I would almost say this thing has less than a mile on it. I'm not a mountain biker and wanted to get opinions on this bike. It's fully lugged Tange Cro-Mo Frame. I'm trying to decide what to do with it and if it has any value in it's original state or if I should put slicks on it and let my boyfriend commute away on a nice bright purple bike . I think it's a pretty cool one...

Just wanted to get opinions from the mountain bike community since I'm completely ignorant regarding such activities. One pic is attached.

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I'm unfamiliar with the model, however lugged steel mtb's are somewhat rare. I don't think it'd be the end of the world to use it as a commuter. Should be very durable.
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I have the 1991 version of that bike in my basement now waiting to be rebuilt. The previous comment about lugged steel MTBs being somewhat rare is correct, however, no one cares. There is a market for rigid fork MTBs. They typically sell for $100-$125 if they are in good shape, need no repairs and are ride ready. The lugged Tange frame might be a nice selling point if you've got a C&V fanatic in your area. You might want to take this over to the C&V forum for more comments.
IMHO, turning this bike into a commuter is a great idea. Those old MTBs are sturdy, take punishment, are not real desirable to bike theives and the upright position gives the rider a better look at traffic compared to a road bike.
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A tange Steel frame will make for a great ride. Bianchi's made/make great bikes and some bombs too, but a Tange framed bike is nice, and will make a great commuter/touring bike. Replace the front fork w/ a ridgid fork possible carbon or a nice Tange steel fork and you will loose a few pounds.

The only downfall, and it is small, would be the large crank ring maybe too small if you really need to get speed. If the cranks aren't riveted you might want to try to find a larger crank ring. If you have a bunch of hills the triple will be very benefital, if not you could swap to a double chainring. As I said before this is only a small problem.

Get rid of the flat bar and add some drops or moustache bars with bar end shifters, more streetwise tires (possibly upgrade to a 700c rim) and you will have a commuter/touring bike
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