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Pinarello Frame QuestionTourbillon
Dec 11, 2003 9:05 AM
I just purchased a Pinarello frame and I'm trying to get a little backgraound information on it.

The seller tells me that it was built around 1993 and is made of Columbus Progetto Gara tubing. Can anybody tell me if this was one of Pinarello's high, medium or low-end frames? Does anybody have any thoughts on the geometry or tubing? Did I pay too much for a steel Pinarello frame without a fork? (Please be honest...I'll still treat it with the respect that it deserves.)

Is it worthy of a Campagnolo Chorus Group or would Veloce or Centaur components be more appropriate? (Obviously, I like the Italian theme.)

I also need help with the fork. Should I use a Reynolds carbon fork, or a steel fork? If the latter, can somebody point me in the right direction?

And, truth be told, I find fade paint jobs a little too flouncy. (I like an understated look with one gorgeous color.) Can somebody recommend a place to get a bike painted in New York City? Is there a classic color(s) that's associated with Pinarello?

Any insights in general on steel Pinarello frames of that period would be much appreciated.

re: Pinarello Frame Questioncolker1
Dec 12, 2003 11:10 AM
the brake cable line tells me it's older than 90's but... what new pinarello badge? up until 97, their badge was the old style with a racer drawing and the words pinarello marca depositato.
it should have the steel fork with chrome crown but... yes you could bolt a reynolds ouzo comp and ride it/ it will ride very nice as all pinarellos do.
veloce or daytona will do justice to the frame plus you already have the bb....
re: Pinarello Frame QuestionTourbillon
Dec 12, 2003 2:39 PM
Dear Mr. Colker and others--

Thanks for your response. I'm returning from a 20-year hiatus from fine bicycles, so your knowledge is much appreciated.

Can you tell me when and how brake cable lines changed? Will this pose a problem when I hang a 2004 build kit on to the frame?

The owner told me that he stuck a new headbadge on the front because he liked the way it looked. Fine by me.

Barring a crash, do old steel frames ever wear out? I mean, will it make a difference if it has over 10,000 miles on it?

Also, is this frame valuable to the point that I should really stick with the blue/white fade paint job (get it refurbished), or can I have it repainted in a one-color wet look without worrying about loss of resale value...since there really isn't one anyway. (Beauty is deeper than a brand name, right?)

Thanks again,

re: Pinarello Frame Questioncolker1
Dec 14, 2003 5:48 PM
sorry, i can't tell you exactly when those brake lines changed but i GUESS those on your bike fit with non aero brake levers so there you go.. when did aero levers became standard? mid 80's?
no problem building your bike with 2004 components! stash veloce, daytona, chorus... even shimano(!) and you'll shift and brake as butter.
now, i would worry about the fork: steel forks are shorter than carbon ones and tghe difference in length will alter slightly the bike handling but...:
in the end, if you like the bike, if it vibes well with you, nothing else matters... want to paint it differently? go for it. i find bikes like yours, built part by part, are unique, have soul as they say and you'll log miles and miles on it. that... money can't buy! congratulations on your vintage pinarello.
ps: pinarellos have quick handling so the longer fork may slow it down a bie and that's not all that bad.
carbon forkswooden legs
Jan 10, 2004 4:48 PM
if you're looking to put a new ouzo comp on the bike has 1 inch threadless for $110. pretty cheap even compared to some i've seen on ebay.