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Late 80s Puch Mistral Leader

Old 08-13-19, 08:44 AM
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Late 80s Puch Mistral Leader

I hesitated to create a thread for this bike as it's not really all that special. It's a mid-range model for sure. But, I have only seen two others like it online, and I did score it new in box. This is a Piaggio-built Puch, made from Columbus Cromor with "Quattro" branded components. Here's the breakdown:

Frame/Fork: Columbus Cromor, 55cm ST, 55cm TT, 40cm chain stay, 105cm wheelbase, Gipiemme forkends and dropouts.

Headset: Ofmega Master

Crankset: Ofmega “Quattro” 52/42

Bottom Bracket: Ofmega

Pedals: Ofmega Master Pista w/Ale clips & white leather straps

Derailleurs: Suntour “Quattro”(Cyclone 7000)

Freewheel: Suntour 7 speed 13-26, w/ Suntour chain

Shifters: Suntour Accushift downtube

Rims: Ambrosio Extra Elite Durex 19 36h

Hubs: Quattro (Ofmega?)

Brakes: Modolo “Quattro” (Mach 1?)

Handlebar: Puch 39cm (ITM?)

Stem: Puch branded ITM, 80mm

Seat Post: ITM fluted, 27.2

Saddle: Iscaselle, white

Wrap: Bike ribbon, white

There are also the following identifying characteristics:

S/N: 2698 9 - L
Markings on the box: PD937 Leader 55cm Pearl wt. PH29xx27523 BUS
"The Sports Authority" (red and black rectangular sticker)

From what I've been able to gather, this seems like a near exact match to a 1989 Bianchi Campione D'Italia. The pearl white paint is really nice! Ride-wise, it is an absolute joy! At 55cm, it is as small as I can comfortably go. The bike is stable at speed, and corners really well. With 253 miles on it, I am really happy with it and will hopefully enjoy it for many, many years. I may switch to a longer stem at some point. We'll see. I have posted photos of it elsewhere in this forum, but here it is again.


Just after initial assembly




Trying to capture the paint



During a ride on 8/12.
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Old 08-13-19, 09:48 AM
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New in the box? Cool. Yeah some later ‘80s Puchs were built by Bianchi so the probably the same as the CdI except color and decals.
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This bike looks great. The parts group is good and those are quality rims. Enjoy your new old bike!
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WOW! that is super clean.
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How delightful! Kudos.
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As someone said about one of my bike frames recently -- for nothing special, that's pretty special! Very nice!
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Thank you all kindly.

As far as the rims, as a wheel set they ride really well. I like them a lot for that. But, their reputation for tire mounting difficulty is well deserved. The bike came with wire-bead Michelin Select Sport 700x20 tires. My initial plan was to swap them for some new, kevlar-bead lightweight Panaracers. The Panaracers would not go on the rims without severe struggle. No way was I gonna get stranded with a flat on tires I couldn't mount. So, I put the original tires back on and have been riding them. Surprisingly, those NOS tires ride really, really well. They shocked me, and are holding up well so far. On these rims they actually measure 22mm wide.
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Like it just came off the factory line!
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Here are the instructions and 3 year guarantee that came in the box. It appeared that the little green and white label was a sticker that had been attached to the seat tube, but the glue has since dried up and it fell off at some point.

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Pretty! Those Mistrals always have sharp paint schemes.

I've got an early 80s 56cm 531 Puch and enjoy its ride.
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