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benotto bike---need info on it(9 posts)

benotto bike---need info on itswank
Apr 13, 2002 11:43 AM
just aquired an old bike--if anyone has info on it i would appreciate it: bike is a grey benotto 12 speed--model 2000, campy 980 rear derailler, ofmega cranks, cerchi/nisi rims, modolo flash brakes----thanks
re: benotto bike---need info on itcurlybike
Apr 13, 2002 4:40 PM
Made in Mexico. That 980 is very seldom seen. I have never seen one that is how rare they are. That was the bottom of the Campy line a good 20 years ago. I remember seeing the pics in a Campy catalog. That is all I can help you with.
re: benotto bike---need info on itguido
Apr 13, 2002 6:54 PM
Mr. Benotto was an Italian frame builder. He sponsored Rebecca Twigg, around 1980-85, in a bid for the American market. His bikes were made in Italy, I'm pretty sure. I think the only Italian who made bikes in Mexico might have been Colnago. He had one named "Mexico" right after Alexi Grewal won the Olympic road race in 1984.

Benottos were lugged Columbus SL frames with standard road racing geometry: 39" wheelbase, 74 degree parallel angles. When Twigg was racing on Treks later, she reported that she "really liked" her Benotto.

Benotto also marketed plastic handlebar tape that came in lurid colors. It's non-slip surface was waterproof, easy to wash up, and wouldn't fray like the cotton-weave tape it replaced. Benotto ads disappeared in the US media about the time padded handlebar tape took over in the late 80s.

There are several "Vintage Bicycle" sites that have listings of all the old marques. Check out Sheldon Brown.

Campy 980 may very well have been made in Mexico. Ofmega, Nisi, Modolo were Italian. They made good components, equal to Shimano Ultegra today, competing with the upstart's Dura Ace and 600 back then.

Rebuilt with a new saddle and fresh rubber, this bike could be a nice ride.
benotto bar tape - now that brings back memories... (nm)Jekyll
Apr 13, 2002 7:35 PM
re: benotto bike---need info on itWalter
Apr 14, 2002 4:39 AM
Benottos were (are?) made in Mexico from the early 1980s through present or whenever they ceased manufacture. I remember reading reviews of them in the mid-80s that consistently labelled them bargains when compared to Italian bikes actually manufactured in Italy. Yours is a solid bike though as noted above the Campy 900 stuff will never be confused with Super or C Record. The rest of the components are solid as well. This bike's frames and components compare with the entry level Bianchi racers of the time and probably retailed for $50-100 less. This is an Italian bike made by an Italian company in Mexico hardly unusual by today's standards. How many Treks are made in Taiwan?

I don't know if Colnagos wre ever made in Mexico or not. The timeline in the website doesn't say anything. In any case I'm pretty sure the "Mexico" titled bike refers to the Olympics held there in 1968. That's not unusual with some of the manufacturers. My old Basso has a set of clincher wheels with Campy Moskva 80 rims and Campy never moved to Russia. There was an Olympics in Moscow in 1980 even though the US boycotted. BTW I'm pretty sure the Serrota "Colorado" is or at least was originally named after the World Championships held in the state during the later 1980s.
cool photogtx
Apr 14, 2002 5:14 PM
cool photocurlybike
Apr 14, 2002 8:16 PM
That sure ain't no 980 gear.
re: benotto bike---need info on itswank
Apr 14, 2002 10:21 PM
thanks for all the info--the picture is the exact bike, even the color (except the rear derailler)--and the glowing blue handlebar tape matches----i actually found the bike in the back yard of a house, it was stacked next to a bunch of scrap metal, the owner said i could just take it cause someone was going to haul all the junk (including the bike) away--the bike weighs 19 pounds on the scale----still has the original benotto seat on it---thanks again for the info
re: benotto bike---HERE'S YOUR INFO!!!!ohmk1
Apr 15, 2002 6:08 AM
Check it out!!!