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Info on Italvega Frame???(7 posts)

Info on Italvega Frame???TeamWB
Aug 23, 2002 8:19 PM
Have an old Italvega Frame which I know little about. Looks to be mostly chromed under crappy brown paint, with the exception of the bottom bracket and lugging which is not chromed. It's columbus tubing and probably 60s-70's. Anyone know any more about various makes and models, or sites with info?
re: Info on Italvega Frame???gtx
Aug 23, 2002 8:53 PM
people keep bringing up bikes that I own--Merckx, Faggin, then this (and again I won't be able to offer much except to say they're cool bikes). I own a brown one, too, but I think it's a lower end model than yours (not as much chrome).

Does yours look like this? (there's a small amount of info here. I was always told the company became Univega when the bikes started being produced in Japan.)

http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Italy/Italvega.htm
Had one for about a week in the '70s...Silverback
Aug 24, 2002 9:16 AM
I thought I got a pretty good deal on it from a guy who said he'd flunked out of school, until the cops came knocking at my door--the guy it was stolen from had seen me riding it and called them. Fortunately I'd written a check, so they eventually ran the thief down.
Don't remember much about them, and chances are the components have been changed on a bike so old (mine had low-line Campy; I think it was called 990). As I remember, it was considered a pretty good bike, but we were suckers for anything Italian in those days, so who knows? I even had a Fiat....
Had one for about a week in the '70s...gtx
Aug 24, 2002 3:10 PM
I pulled mine out of a dumster, stripped off most of the parts that were still left on it (don't even remember what was on it--this was 18 year ago) and built it up as a one speed with a Bendix coatser brake hub. My brother has it now and still rides it daily.
Italvega InfoOMS
Aug 27, 2002 3:19 PM
Italvega was indeed imported by Ben Lawee through the 70s. These high-end bikes were very nice.
The entry level model was equipped with a blend of Ofmega (Campy copy), Universal (brakes) and other Italian low end parts.
The entry-level racing model (what I believe you have) came equipped with mostly Campy Nuovo Record and Universal Mod. 66 sidepull brakes. The frame was Columbus SL in the maintubes and fork. Campy dropouts and fork tips finished it.
Next was the full Campy Nuovo Record equipped Super Specialissimo. A Cinelli style, sloping crown fork, full Columbus SL frame, Fiamme Red Label sew-up rims and Pirelli tires made for a sweet racing bike. Oh yeah, had one myself.
The Super Light was a beautiful Pearl white finished model. All the Campy components were drilled out (in memorable 70's style). Didn't go any faster, just looked better going down the road.
Mine was my first "good" bike & first race bikeStraightblock
Aug 28, 2002 10:02 AM
I don't remember the model, but it was just below the Super Spec. Same frame, with Nuovo Record deraillers & shifters, Tipo hubs with Fiamme Red label tubular rims, Ofmega cranks, pedals & headset, Universal centerpull brakes. The paint chipped every time you bumped it. I think I paid $375 for it in 1975. It was a little heavy, but fairly responsive, and had an Italian name.

In spite of the fact that at 6'1" the 63 cm frame was about 4 cm too big, it served me well thru my first year of club riding, commuting to college & a year of Cat 4 racing. The junky Ofmega components wore out quickly and were upgraded, and a nicer wheelset with Clement Criterium Setas were added for race days only.

The move to Cat 3 and the purchase of a nice used full Nuovo Record Colnago Super relegated the ItalVega to the role of commuter/rain bike. I kept it for several more years & when the stable got too full I gave it a spray can paint job, put on my oldest worn-out components and a cheap clincher wheelset I bought used for $15, and sold it for $200 to a guy about 4" shorter than me.
re: Info on Italvega Frame???mapei boy
Aug 27, 2002 4:34 PM
I rode an Italvega Super Special from 1973 to the mid '80's. It came equipped with Campy's best parts at the time: Nuovo Record. It had a French Language Columbus Sticker on it that read, "Jeux de tubes en acier special." It cost about $450, fully equipped. It was not considered a very classy brand. The lugs were kind of thick and not thrillingly finished. The bottom bracket consisted of two pieces, welded together. Not very elegant, and not very State of the Art, even back in '73. Because of the ugly, brown paint, I stripped the frame down in '76 or so and had my artist sister repaint it with a made-up name and a made-up lineage. Yes, when stripped down it showed a lot of chroming.

It had a very stiff rear triangle, and a rather cushy front fork. It was very fast. I had great fun on it. It was far superior to the Reynolds 531 Gitane that it replaced. It still exists, too. A while back, I traded it to a buddy in exchange for a drum machine. He rides it regularly. He loves it.

In short, far from a Colnago, but a capable conveyance nonetheless.