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Old 11-07-13, 12:39 PM
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Italvega .... What model touring frame????

Hi All.......... I recently acquired a frame with no markings at all. Brown Metallic, chrome lugs, chainstays and fork. I have since pretty much confirmed it is a ITALVEGA. But, which model?? Long chainstays, fender/rack brazeon, water bottle brazeon (2) on down tube (top and bottom of tube). Fork ends were chrome but fork was stripped and all the chrome is very nice. Frame had major paint issues and was stripped, primed and painted the original Brown metallic. (my first full paint job by the way). Lugs are long Campy forged. 70mm Italian thread Bottom bracket shell appears to be one piece. Frame is very light and seems to be a Columbus double butted frame. Seatpost is 26.4. Had 27" wheels. Tried to find Italvega catalogs showing models but no luck finding this frame. Being built up as a (hopefully) wonderful touring bike. See pic and any help much appreciated. Thanks
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Old 11-07-13, 04:51 PM
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Forgot to add the serial number is on the left upper section of the seat tube. 5 digit 324xx.
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Old 11-10-13, 09:44 PM
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It s a beautiful bike and you have done a wonderful job with it. I think it might be more of a sport touring bike than a loaded touring bike though. I say this because of the lack of upper rack mounts and the single eyelets front and rear. I think the eyelets are for fenders rather than racks. Someone else may be able to offer more insight, but that is my take on it. It is an awesome bike and should be be great for long rides, but not necessarily loaded touring.
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Old 11-10-13, 11:54 PM
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jgscisum, An example similar to yours that I found was the Nuovo Record. It will depend on just how much gear you plan to carry whether this is a good touring choice, or not. While it can be built into a lovely bike, it isn't in the same league as a more modern expedition level tourer when it comes to weight capability.

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Old 11-11-13, 10:55 AM
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Likely a UJB sport bike , not a 'Touring' frame at all , measure the BB axis to where the rear axle sits .

46cm/18".. might be long enough to qualify..

+ loaded tour frames also commonly oversize TT 1" to1.125" &DT 1.125" to 1.25"..

ultra - light type tour load kit and it should be adequate..


BTW 26.4 indicates the seat tube is straight gage, the DB is wishful on the DT/TT
Italvegas were Asian made, Japan , name was the importer's choice.
More likely A Japaneses tube set,
unless you read a columbus imprint when the paint was Off

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Looks like a first rate sports touring bike; you'll have fun with it. If you're thinking of loaded touring, a trailer would work well with this bike as it probably won't handle well with the weight of full camping gear. Great job on the repaint. I have a bike (or 2) that could use a repaint if you're thinking of going into business,
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Italvegas were Asian made, Japan , name was the importer's choice.
More likely A Japaneses tube set,
unless you read a columbus imprint when the paint was Off
Italvegas were Italian made, the Univegas were Japanese. Same importer.

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Thanks to all for the replies! Sorry, the seat tube is 26.6. As for the rear stays they are a hair shy of 18". Concerning touring. I just did 200 miles on the Natchez Trace and my load on a Sport Touring bike (Schwinn Passage 1995) was 34 pounds total using front and rear racks. Food, Tent, Sleeping bag and pad, clothing and misc. gear. Yes, I have fairly light equipment, Nemo tent, down bag. My tours will probably never be for more than a week at a time. I believe the bike will be perfect for my use. The attached is the finished bike.Bike weighs in at 24 lbs. as pictured. what's got me stumped.... I've yet to see another Italvega that has the twin bottle braze ons on the down tube. 1 on top and 1 on the bottom of tube. None on seat tube. As for tubing, the beefier the better. But I do believe it is butted tubing. Any additional info would be appreciated. Thanks, again!
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in case anybody drives by this thread and needs to know:
It's a Legnano
http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Ita...reen_frame.htm
and if it's a match to the one pictured in CR, then it's a Specialissima from late '60s or early '70s with 531 tubing and those WB bosses were undoutedly added later.
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Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
in case anybody drives by this thread and needs to know:
It's a Legnano
http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Ita...reen_frame.htm
and if it's a match to the one pictured in CR, then it's a Specialissima from late '60s or early '70s with 531 tubing and those WB bosses were undoutedly added later.
Thank you, thank you! I had looked at CR and Legnano but failed to see the Specialissima photos. I had also posted under Classic the same question. It is identical to the photos right down to the rear bottom stay fender lug and the rear brake mount. Every aspect matches but the water bottle bosses. It truly rides like a dream and is oh so smooth. Handles a 35lb load (split 60/40% front and back) very well and with plenty of heel clearance. I owe you a big THANKS!
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