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Looking for info about two old European bikes.theBreeze
Oct 22, 2003 12:11 PM
My neighbor has two old European road bikes hanging in his shed. He's from Denmark, is in his early 50's and he rode them when he was in college and grad school. He really doesn't know that much about them except that they were his basic transportation then. They haven't been ridden in years. Descriptions follow.

Bike #1
Mondio. Blue fade to silver paint. "Super Mondio" decal on head tube. Downtube decal says Switzerland. Full Campy Record components. 5 speed cassette. It says "Nuovo Record" on the rear derailleur.

Bike #2
Stabileti. (Yes, just one "t".) Black and red paint job. Campy Record components, 5 speed rear.

Anyone ever heard of these? Or maybe point me to a retro web site I could search? I'm interested to know if they are worth cleaning up, or dump material.

Both Swissboneman
Oct 22, 2003 1:49 PM
Owned a Mondio briefly; don't know muchCory
Oct 22, 2003 7:26 PM
When I was in 8th grade, a friend of my father's--Swiss, by the way--gave me his old Mondio. Bikes weren't cool in those days, and I left it in the yard and it got stolen. All I know is about what you've already said--he rode it in Europe, brought it to the U.S. and since nobody rode bikes here, got out of the habit. FWIW, though, the Campy components indicate decent quality. If you're not interested in cleaning them up, I'm sure you could part them out on eBay pretty easily.
re: Looking for info about two old European bikes.Birddog
Oct 22, 2003 8:35 PM
It's a Mondia, with an "A". I just acquired one myself. If it has full N Record, then according to a Sheldon Brown link, it could be worth up to $700 to $800 to a collector. That is probably somewhat optomistic though. According to several sources, it was a nice bike, not as collectable as the Masi, Cinelli, Bianchi, Colnagos of the era. Mine has single eyelets, and has a rather long wheelbase, more like a touring geometry than racing, although a friend knew of a fellow who raced one well into the 80's. It probably has Nervex lugs, mine are chrome on the head tube, and mine also has a chrome seat tube, seat stays, chain stay, and forks, with a paint fade on the seat/chain stays, and fork.

I have dated mine to be probably a "73 model, maybe a late 72 or early 74. This was determined by the date codes on the backside of the hub lock nuts, the absence of a datecode on the cranks (indicating pre 74), and the patent date on the R der (72). Mine also has Mafac Racer brakes (centerpull), and Campy bar end shifters, as well as a TTT adjustable stem and TTT handlebars. Go over to, click on "vintage lightweights" and you'll get most of the story. The posts go back to about 10/1/03.
can you get pics of the Stabileti?Aldo Ross
Oct 23, 2003 8:10 AM
Mondia is fairly well documented, but I didn't find Stabileti in the Swiss section of CR. Perhaps you can provide more information or pics? Might be an intersting rarity.
Oct 23, 2003 8:31 AM
I can probably take my digital camera over there this weekend and get some picks. Like I said, it's mostly black with some red on the headtube and stays if I remember correctly. It has filigreed chrome lugs, kind of pretty if it was cleaned up.

I'm not sure what he wants to do with them, but they seem too nice to be just collecting dust in a shed. Unfortunatly they are too big for me.