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What Bianchi do I have?(7 posts)

What Bianchi do I have?guy manly
May 16, 2003 7:00 AM
I was just given a Bianchi with Shimano 600 components. I'm not sure which model it is and was hoping ya'll could help. It has a sticker on the frame that says "Formula Two" and another that says something about 1986-1987 Colorado Springs. It's in the classic light blue color. I can give more detail when I'm not at work, maybe even a picture from my antique digital camera. Any help is appreciated!


I'd bet its the classic light green (sky green?) color...bicyclerepairman
May 16, 2003 11:31 AM
better known as 'celeste'.
found itbianchi boy
Jun 4, 2003 7:40 PM
I've got an old Bianchi catalogue from the mid-80s. The Limited was a mid-range model listed at 22.5 lbs -- light for that period. Bianchi's top model, the Super Leggera, weighed 21 lbs. The specs for a 58 cm (23") frame were: head and seat tube angle, 73; top tube, 57 c-c; chainstay, 41.5 cm; fork rake, 4.5 cm. Made of double-butted chromoly steel, though not Columbus. Suntour derailleurs, Dia-Compe brakes
picturesguy manly
May 16, 2003 2:04 PM

It has a sticker on the frame that says "Formula Two" and "Chromo Molibdeno":

and another that says something about "1986-1987 Colorado Springs":



May 19, 2003 7:44 PM
I have a 1987 Bicycling Buyer's guide issue which lists something quite similar, though the sticker on yours suggests a year or so newer. The model is called "Limited," and came with Shimano 600 group, "Columbus Bianchi Formula Superset Double-Butted Chrome-moly" frame and Columbus fork blades, Abrosio Elite rims on Shimano hubs, ITM stem and bar. As I recall, the "superset" was Bianchi's trademark for their tubeset which was supposed to be quite stiff. That model cost $675 in '87, and was between the "Campione d'Italia" model, at $495, which had an assortment of European components, and the "Super Leggera," at $950, which had a part-Campagnolo mix of components. I'm pretty sure all of these were Italian made.

That's a very nice looking bike, by the way.
picturesguy manly
May 20, 2003 10:30 AM
I noticed a sticker on the side of the frame that said Limited, so you must be right. It also has the Abrosio Elite rims on Shimano hubs that you mentioned. Thanks for looking it up! The details are nice to have.

re: What Bianchi do I have?wspokes
May 19, 2003 3:39 AM
I have catalogs from the early 80s to now...but they are in storage. And I don't plan on digging through the boxes anytime soon. (deep in storage). Otherwise, I could probably tell you exactly. Celeste colored. the 86-87 sticker...hmmm. Probably late 80s. Is it index or friction, probably index shifting. Probably 6 speed. Some late 80s models were made in Japan. But, I hesitate to guess this on this model based on the one pic, very elaborate front fork crown. Then again, the fork could be put onto the frameset and made in Italy. Nice bike overall. The tubing sticker is what leaves me wondering if it is a Japan made Bianchi. (by the way, there is nothing wrong with that either!!) I recall most upper end Italian Bianchis made from Columbus. In the mid 90s you could get an Italian made Dedaccai(sp?) made frame also although the quality of the work...some were really sloppy looking. I have a 95 Deda Italian made Bianchi Trofeo that the frame looks like it was slapped together quickly around the lugs...sort of sloppy. Yet I have over 25K on that bike and it is still ticking. Very comfortable and nice tracking frameset. Hope I helped a little...