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Info on frameset tubing(6 posts)

Info on frameset tubingRockin Johny
Sep 20, 2002 4:06 PM
I have a 80's era Bianchi and am contemplating having the frame refinished on it. I would like to know what quality the frame is.

The materials tag on it reads

COLUMBUS
Tubi Speciali Rinforzati
Acciaio CrMo
CROMOR
Doppio Spessore

Is it worthwhile to refinish this frameset? Is it a good quality steel?

Thanks for the help

John
re: Info on frameset tubingLactate Junkie
Sep 20, 2002 4:26 PM
Cromor was a mid range chrome moly tube, which is pretty much what the sticker says. At the time the better Columbus tubes were SL, SLX, SP and KL plus a few others. The bike is probably a mid quality bike is is only worth spending time and money on if you are going to set it up as a beater for around town. Sorry.
re: Info on frameset tubingRockin Johny
Sep 20, 2002 4:45 PM
Ok. I didn't plan on racing the bike, just refinishing it and setting it up with some quality components to use as a training bike. Was going to be doing road miles on it to further my fitness and augment my training for MTB racing.

Still not worth it? Should I maybe go with a newer aluminum frame? I can get a Devinci Milenium frameset with a carban fork from my LBS for a good price?

John
re: Info on frameset tubingNessism
Sep 20, 2002 5:06 PM
If you are just looking for a bike to train on, why bother to refinish? A Cromor frame will be a fine training tool, but I wouldn't spend a lot of money to fix it up. Ride the crap out of it and enjoy the economy.

Ed
re: Info on frameset tubingChainstay
Sep 20, 2002 6:19 PM
When I come across someone on a decent older bike with period correct components, I always admire the bike. Don't try to modernize it. It costs money and you lose the coolness.
re: Info on frameset tubingMaverick
Sep 22, 2002 8:17 AM
ok, here's my view:

i've ridden the exact same tubing like yours, upgraded my components to DA and ultegra with Cosmos wheelset. this is a pretty good training frame, and will last you a lifetime, no joke.

my advice is to refinish the entire frameset if there's rust, observe and look carefully at the inner tubing near the seat tube.

don't waste it. old is gold

attached pic is my frame (Columbus Cromor-Technotrat)