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Old 04-12-15, 10:50 AM
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wow ceramic rims... didnt know they experimented with that material for bike rims (quite cool).

i do know from my work that ceramic is right up there with carbide in terms of hardness; would annihilate anything via abrasion. guessin those hoops were intended for no brakes.

how heavy r they relative to the avg open pro?
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not sure comparatively, but these wheels are very light at 32h (1654g w/ cassette and skewers)

its just a coating not solid ceramic, definitely designed for brakes tho, rim walls last a lot longer than aluminum

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Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
It might not be 100% correct but if it's steel w/ celeste paint & classic decals & lugs it's an eco-pista/ best pista in my book. Piaggio or not.
Simply calling it a pista would do it a disservice by incorporating it with the modern uni-crown POS pista's
Ah, in that case I agree 100% I once had someone tell me it was "just a Pista"- I had to chuckle silently to myself.
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You need to start a Celeste Love thread and post your celeste Bianchi. If you show me yours, I'll show you mine.
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new bars. salsa bend 23*
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new bars. salsa bend 23*
Oh hell yes. Love the cables.

Edit:

and the headset spacers.
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Old 04-12-15, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by sickz View Post
^^^ eco pista brings a pretty penny nowadays---- not cannondale track pretty, but purty.
I've never actually personally owned a full on true-to-goodness eco-pista.
Besides my chrome 1st fixed gear, I also had* the black maintubes/ celeste stays/ fork one w/ celeste bianchi decals and chrome track ends.

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You need to start a Celeste Love thread and post your celeste Bianchi. If you show me yours, I'll show you mine.
There's actually a pista mega-thread:

https://www.bikeforums.net/singlespee...ta-photos.html
Feel free to add to it, mega-threads live on forever and most of the image links are still intact.
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
You need to start a Celeste Love thread and post your celeste Bianchi. If you show me yours, I'll show you mine.
Mine is "faded rose" (AKA pink), so no Celeste Love for me .
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Old 04-12-15, 07:12 PM
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is there somewhere that shows all the pistas throughout time?

ive always wanted a celeste one with chrome stays and dropouts and a lugged fork, not sure if that ever existed
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Old 04-12-15, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
is there somewhere that shows all the pistas throughout time?

ive always wanted a celeste one with chrome stays and dropouts and a lugged fork, not sure if that ever existed
Unfortunately no, maybe bianchi has some sort of archive which obviously hasn't been accessible to the public.

I don't believe those ever existed, closest pista that comes to mind would be my sqrl's pista via condotti with an aftermarket chrome lugged fork which I've yet to get around to do myself.

A good way to start is by looking @ the decal style and whether or not it has a piaggio decal as well on the seattube. Next would be casting marks, "Bianchi" or circled "B" on the seat stays toward the top cluster and "B" or lack of, on the tops of the fork crown.
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
You need to start a Celeste Love thread and post your celeste Bianchi.

Sorry, I know I've been a bit shameless/overboard lately but I her so damn much.


Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
I also had* the black maintubes/ celeste stays/ fork one w/ celeste bianchi decals and chrome track ends.

That's a nice one also- looks very Nineties, but in the best way possible. Pics?

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Mine is "faded rose" (AKA pink), so no Celeste Love for me .
No Celeste no cry. Post it!

Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
ive always wanted a celeste one with chrome stays and dropouts and a lugged fork, not sure if that ever existed
X2, it doesn't exist (would look sweet, though, so I certainly get where you're coming from). @Leukybear's suggestion (pista via condotti with an aftermarket chrome lugged fork) is spot-on. Then again I've never loved that particular shade of Celeste on the Via Condotti- to my eye, it looks like Bianchi mixed in too much azzurro and not enough verde.
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Old 04-12-15, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by leegf View Post
No Celeste no cry. Post it!


Actually it is a Squadra, but I do love the lug work.
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Actually it is a Squadra, but I do love the lug work.
Normally, I think white tires look tacky, but they look great with that frame color. White saddle, too.
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Old 04-12-15, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
Normally, I think white tires look tacky, but they look great with that frame color. White saddle, too.
Thank you!
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Old 04-12-15, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by leegf View Post
That's a nice one also- looks very Nineties, but in the best way possible. Pics?
Yup; didn't fit me though, hence "had". I ended up parting it and selling the frameset. I should still have the listing pictures on a HDD somewhere.

It was like this one but a size down:

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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
is there somewhere that shows all the pistas throughout time?

ive always wanted a celeste one with chrome stays and dropouts and a lugged fork, not sure if that ever existed
How close is this? (NOT MINE)

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Old 04-12-15, 10:32 PM
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^Ohhh yeah I remember seeing that one in store, $1300+tax
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How close is this? (NOT MINE)

literally exactly what i was thinking of. any more info on that sexmachine?
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
literally exactly what i was thinking of. any more info on that sexmachine?
Unfortunately they made it with the chrome for only a year or two - they still make Pista Classica (and Tipo Corsa road) but now with painted lugs
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Unfortunately they made it with the chrome for only a year or two - they still make Pista Classica (and Tipo Corsa road) but now with painted lugs
happen to know what those years were?
was it made with good toobz or just regular flavor crmo?
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Originally Posted by JeremyLC View Post
How close is this? (NOT MINE)

Doesn't have chrome stays though

My view of this frameset:

- Nice pale color, seems more true to 'classic' Bianchi Celeste than the Via Condotti, which looks hypersaturated
- I love the chrome lugs, nice homage to the Bianchis of the '60s and earlier
- They call it a Classica but couldn't be bothered to give it a threaded steerer? That means you need to run a modern threadless headset (unless, of course, you get into monkeying with it), which bothers me a lot for a frameset this costly
- I believe it's just plain jane chromoly toobz.

My bottom line at least- seems very expensive for what it is, and doesn't even do what it's supposed to do perfectly. For the most part, they do look very nice and I wouldn't mind building one up if I could get my hands on one inexpensively, but they're pretty hard to find (talking about the ones with the chrome lugs, not the later ones with the cream lugs and dropouts).
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We ordered one of the new ones for a customer and I was very very disappointed with the quality of the frame. And the tubing was nothing special. The frame itself looked shoddily built and the paint was horrible. The lugged kilo is a nicer frame in my opinion compared to the new pista classicas
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
literally exactly what i was thinking of. any more info on that sexmachine?
2011; 4 years too late
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
literally exactly what i was thinking of. any more info on that sexmachine?
It's pretty much been said at this point. 2011 Pista Classica. I don't think the fully chromed fork is stock. This Bianchi Pista Classica is one that was built up with a threaded conversion and fully chromed fork.
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It's pretty much been said at this point. 2011 Pista Classica. I don't think the fully chromed fork is stock. This Bianchi Pista Classica is one that was built up with a threaded conversion and fully chromed fork.
I have seen that before and it is a sexy, sexy bike that wouldn't look out of place in the pr0n thread. One can debate the merits of the frameset, but that build is just superb.
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