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What wheels for Bianchi TSX build???

Old 07-11-19, 02:23 PM
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What wheels for Bianchi TSX build???

Hi All,
As mentioned in a previous build I have picked up and ex pro Bianchi TSX - starting to look at wheel options - I am leaning towards Campagnolo Shamal TPW Titaniums 16 hole, possible period Campagnolo Electrons if I can find any - anyone care to weigh in?

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Old 07-11-19, 10:11 PM
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Front and rear Aerospokes.
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Old 07-12-19, 12:33 AM
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Originally Posted by P!N20 View Post
Front and rear Aerospokes.
Err... you`ve lost me there...
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Old 07-12-19, 06:26 AM
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More info please. One more post and you can add pics. What components are on the bike?
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
More info please. One more post and you can add pics. What components are on the bike?
So far its just a frame and forks - I havn`t had any luck tracking which team it was with, though it has period fittings for ergo shifters and a Bianchi marked Look HSC fork, so I`d say it was `96/`97 vintage. Plan will be to build up with Campagnolo 9spd super record titanium (have a set on a Pantani mega pro re-creation I have and I`d have to say its the best groupset I`ve ever had - that includes Di2 and Campag super record 11...)

Will be built for fast road use on nice days, hence the thinking of Shamal TPW probably with velflex 25mm tubs just to make it ride extra peachy...
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What difference does it make? The bicycle blue book says it is only worth a max of $345.00 anyways.

Sorry, I couldn't help myself. The bicycle blue book has got to be the biggest joke on the interwebs.

To answer your question though, tubulars are definitely the way to go. I don't have experience with the Shamal wheelsets, but I do respect Campagnolo so I'm sure they will be sweet.
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Columbus TSX I would have guessed early 90’s. Campy Record 9 would be nice. I have a set of 8 speed era deep dish Ventos that I like a lot. I got them for fun and bling factor but they are actually slightly lighter than the Chorus Hub/ Ambrosio Giro D’Italia wheels they replaced and they ride very nicely. I have another wheelset I built - Record 9 speed hubs laced to anodized Campy Omega 19 rims that look and ride really nicely.
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If they didn't need to be 100% vintage correct, you could build up some wheels that sorta look the part with polished deep-section rims from Velocity (Deep V) or H+Son (SL42). Looks like neither offers their deepest rims polished AND in a low spoke count though.
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Old 07-13-19, 08:11 AM
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Need to be period correct - looking like it will be 16 spoke shamal tubs on 9 speed freehub - can`t be doing with the 8 speed screw on hub...
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I am not big on those low spoke count super deep V wheels. I built my '99 MegaProXL Ti with good old fashioned tubulars

I bought these Mavics but seldom rode them.

I put this pair of aero profile clinchers on to sell it


The MegaProXL is on the far right with the aforementioned tubulars. Unfortunately there was an issue with the blue rear and I had to settle for a silver replacement.


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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I am not big on those low spoke count super deep V wheels. I built my '99 MegaProXL Ti with good old fashioned tubulars

I bought these Mavics but seldom rode them.

I put this pair of aero profile clinchers on to sell it


The MegaProXL is on the far right with the aforementioned tubulars. Unfortunately there was an issue with the blue rear and I had to settle for a silver replacement.


Hi Bianchigirl,
You are correct, its a tricky period to really nail a wheel choice as there was a lot of change just happening. Looking at the Bianchi brochures I figure my TSX is around `95 or `96 as has ergo shifter fittings rather than downtube shifter fittings and as I can`t figure out which team it might have been with (I find that building up an ex team bike or a replica is kind of straightforward as you just use the same components) I`m leaning towards the Mercatone Uno Bianchis (yes, I know, not the same model but they are just the coolest bikes ever...) so Shamal or Electrons would be the way to go - though Electron tubs just don`t exist...

If you have any ideas/educated guess on the frame do let me know, Dan.







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Where did the frame come from? It is always possible it was a local Pro-Am sponsorship deal and they got the Ergo bosses in a group purchase.

Is the group on this bike going to be compatible with other Bianchis or lesser bikes in your stable? I'd build it with a pair of wheels you have and then try different wheels. You might not like how this rides with a deep V rim. I like the look and feel of a nice box section tubular nominally silver.

These would look awesome

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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Columbus TSX I would have guessed early 90’s. Campy Record 9 would be nice. I have a set of 8 speed era deep dish Ventos that I like a lot. I got them for fun and bling factor but they are actually slightly lighter than the Chorus Hub/ Ambrosio Giro D’Italia wheels they replaced and they ride very nicely. I have another wheelset I built - Record 9 speed hubs laced to anodized Campy Omega 19 rims that look and ride really nicely.
I second on both those wheel sets, if fact i've used both on a Bianchi TSX, both TSXes. I have the Ventos running full time on red TSX, great wheels, super stiff, look amazing. I think the stock model from 95 came with these Ventos. The omegas are one of my favorite all round wheelsets. oh and Vittoria Corsa tires make the ride magical.


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Where did the frame come from? It is always possible it was a local Pro-Am sponsorship deal and they got the Ergo bosses in a group purchase.

Is the group on this bike going to be compatible with other Bianchis or lesser bikes in your stable? I'd build it with a pair of wheels you have and then try different wheels. You might not like how this rides with a deep V rim. I like the look and feel of a nice box section tubular nominally silver.

These would look awesome

Mmm.... your probably correct. Have been looking again at the pics and the frame and I don`t think it would look as good with deep rims - I have an `86 Look TVT with a sublime set of 26 spoke Ambrosio Metamorphasis, I think something more like that would look better, plus on Campag hubs they ride like nothing else... Though does anyone know of a really good yellow tubular tyre thats available???
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Yep, I have decided to go with some lower profile tubulars - have just picked up some c record 24 hole front and rear hubs and a nos Ambrosio Sprinter rim in 24h.... just got to track down another....
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