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Help me identify the vintage please>Derosa(8 posts)

Help me identify the vintage please>Derosatronracer
May 17, 2002 10:49 PM
Just got this bike. Super record components, newer open pro rims. Now I might sell it, but not sure. Has a lot of knicks, this bike was ridden. Needs some tlc and paint touch up. How much could I ask for it?
re: Help me identify the vintage please>Derosatronracer
May 17, 2002 10:50 PM
re: Help me identify the vintage please>Derosagtx
May 18, 2002 7:14 AM
my guess is around 1986 or so. Nicks doesn't necessarily mean it was ridden much. Check out the cranks, c-rings, jockey wheels, etc. Original hs? (those Record headsets didn't last long in my experience). If it fits, I'd keep it and ride it.
re: Help me identify the vintage please>Derosa53x12
May 18, 2002 4:38 PM
What does the tubing sticker say? If it is SLX I'd venture to say that it is 1985+ if not maybe 1983-84. It looks like it has super record parts on it. C-record came out in 1986 if I remember right. I'd guess this frame is from mid eighties 83-86 ish.
re: Help me identify the vintage please>Derosatronracer
May 18, 2002 8:51 PM
yes I know it is from around that time. the columbus sticker is damaged
re: Help me identify the vintage please>Derosagtx
May 18, 2002 8:57 PM
recessed brake bolts--so I'll stick with '86
re: vintage DeRosaguido
May 20, 2002 12:04 PM
I can confirm it was made between 1983 and 1986. I bought one in 1985. It's exactly like yours, except the right chainstay is chromed.

Super Record gave way to C Record in 86 or 87, so the bike has to be older than that. By 86, the tubing du jour was SLX. Yours has the SL sticker on it, so I'd say 84 or 85. DeRosa didn't put serial numbers on his frames, so that's about as close as we'll probably get.

Sheldon Brown says this vintage is worth 800.-1200. to a collector, depending on how good a shape it's in.

I have no desire to sell mine. It still rides as good as it did in 1985. It is one of the all-time best examples of lugged steel frames, with comfort and response characteristics builders have been trying to match ever since.

It has standard Italian 170mm BB and 1" headset, but the rear dropouts are 126mm. I refuse to widen the ones on mine to 130mm, although 6 speed freewheels are no longer available in very many options.

As a workout machine, it's second to none. I've ridden the hell out of mine and am still amazed at how well it responds attacking a hill or in an all-out sprint, while at the same being a bike you can ride as hard as you want all day without feeling "beat up."
respect you for keeping it with you.....Spirito
May 21, 2002 2:49 PM
thats rare to see and i hope you enjoy it for many years and many more miles to come.

thats cool.

ciao