Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

The Top of the Line thread

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

The Top of the Line thread

Old 07-18-21, 01:09 PM
  #26  
iab
Senior Member
 
iab's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: NW Burbs, Chicago
Posts: 10,917
Mentioned: 152 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2291 Post(s)
Liked 1,498 Times in 683 Posts
Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
but flippers and my-collection-is-better-than-your-collection types coming through Google in future might interpret this thread as such.

-Kurt
That's a thing?

I'd love to know the frequency of this happening. I'm guessing it is hundreds of time less likely than you taking a yuge **** on a thread.

Carryon.
iab is offline  
Old 07-18-21, 03:04 PM
  #27  
Kabuki12
Senior Member
 
Kabuki12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Ventura County ,California
Posts: 1,758

Bikes: 1973 Windsor Profesional,1976 Kabuki diamond formula with full Campy, 1977 Raleigh Competition GS , 1971 Stella original Campy equip. 1978 Raleigh Super Grand Prix, 1972 Italvega Gran Rally ,1972 Super Mondia Special,Medici Pro Strada,Colnago

Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 401 Post(s)
Liked 623 Times in 417 Posts
I have a few, 1972 Windsor Profesional, 1982 Medici Pro Strada with Campy SR, 1973 Super Mondia Special, late 70’s Kabuki Diamond Formula which I bought new and was the best bike I could afford at the time. Some of my bikes that are not top of the line are, to me, just as desirable, like my 1975 Colnago Super, I believe there was a model a little higher up.
Kabuki12 is offline  
Likes For Kabuki12:
Old 07-18-21, 03:29 PM
  #28  
styggno1
Steel is real
 
styggno1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Posts: 923

Bikes: A lot - accumulated over +30 years

Mentioned: 40 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 293 Post(s)
Liked 429 Times in 155 Posts
Originally Posted by iab View Post
That's a thing?

I'd love to know the frequency of this happening. I'm guessing it is hundreds of time less likely than you taking a yuge **** on a thread.

Carryon.
Can not resist... I do not sell my bikes so I cannot be a flipper. I must be the other kind! I reckon circa 95% out of my bikes and frames were top of th line in their time. That of course makes me as a person and human beeing superior compared to others. And I look down on you all.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/45306161@N03/albums
styggno1 is offline  
Old 07-18-21, 03:31 PM
  #29  
StanSeven
Administrator
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Delaware shore
Posts: 13,415

Bikes: Cervelo C5, Guru Photon, Waterford, Specialized CX

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 891 Post(s)
Liked 857 Times in 622 Posts
Let’s cut out the bickering. Members have options to post or not. This type thread is supposed to be fun.
StanSeven is offline  
Old 07-18-21, 03:41 PM
  #30  
Jmpierce
Senior Member
 
Jmpierce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: The Lou
Posts: 325

Bikes: 82 Trek 710, 90 Trek 750, 86 Vitus, Nishiki Cervino, 1989 Bianchi CdI, 2 Nashbars, an Italian Steel MTB, Sears Spaceliner, and a 74 Schwinn Speedster. I also manage a fleet of Volcanic Patrol bikes, 83 of them.

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 104 Post(s)
Liked 202 Times in 103 Posts
Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Some really nice examples and some really curious examples so far.
The pink 770 is smokin! And the Girodana to start things off is always a great one to see. It has pretty ideal measurements for my eye.
I totally agree! I always love seeing that 770.

My submission is a Nishiki Cervino, 83 I think. I haven't been able to date it and when I purchased it it was frame and fork only. I built it with a mix of Suntour and Campagnolo parts.




Some believe it was built by Cervelo or Colonago or Olmo but it is Italian and rides very smoothly.
Jmpierce is online now  
Likes For Jmpierce:
Old 07-18-21, 03:45 PM
  #31  
Drillium Dude 
Gone riding
 
Drillium Dude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 10,906
Mentioned: 215 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1827 Post(s)
Liked 1,919 Times in 749 Posts
Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
Let’s cut out the bickering. Members have options to post or not. This type thread is supposed to be fun.
Exactly. Let's all enjoy some nice things

Top of Colnago's line in 1983, the Nuovo Mexico - the pantographing puts it over the top of all my other rides:



DD
__________________
My Flickr pics: https://www.flickr.com/photos/30331021@N08/

Drillium Dude is offline  
Old 07-18-21, 03:46 PM
  #32  
Bianchigirll 
Bianchi Goddess
 
Bianchigirll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Shady Pines Retirement Fort Wayne, In
Posts: 27,494

Bikes: Too many to list here check my signature.

Mentioned: 146 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1997 Post(s)
Liked 834 Times in 510 Posts

The Megatube Ti was the top dog from ‘95 to ‘97 but I sadly could not afford one. It took a few years and a lot of free time trolling the internet for it but I finally found one complete wit Record Ti group.



The MAX tubed Proto was only offered in ‘90/91 and only as a Dura Ace equipped bike for ‘90. Even with employee discount, I could barely afford the frame, thanks to a trade in on a broken SL frame. Cost being an issue I initially built it with a mix of new and used Chorus.
__________________
Bianchis '90 Proto, '90 Campione del Fausto Giamondi Specialisma Italiano Mundo, '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '86 Volpe, '97 Ti Megatube, '93 Reparto Corse SBX

Others but still loved; '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape SLX Bertoni "Speckled Trout"
Bianchigirll is offline  
Likes For Bianchigirll:
Old 07-18-21, 04:54 PM
  #33  
Lbxpdx
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Portland
Posts: 132
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 57 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 42 Times in 22 Posts

In 1991, my Trek 990 was top of their mountain bike line.
Lbxpdx is offline  
Likes For Lbxpdx:
Old 07-18-21, 05:01 PM
  #34  
Wildwood
Veteran, Pacifist
 
Wildwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Seattle area
Posts: 11,074

Bikes: Bikes??? Thought this was social media?!?

Mentioned: 250 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2816 Post(s)
Liked 1,826 Times in 1,023 Posts
Why ride anything else?
At C&V prices you owe it to yourself every time you swing a leg.
Just do it.
With quality tubulars.



Better yet to share Top 'o th Line bikes, jerseys, friendships, etc

Last edited by Wildwood; 07-18-21 at 05:29 PM.
Wildwood is offline  
Old 07-18-21, 05:02 PM
  #35  
seypat
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 6,080
Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1929 Post(s)
Liked 901 Times in 609 Posts
85 Prestige as found recently. Starting the rehab process today.

seypat is offline  
Likes For seypat:
Old 07-18-21, 05:24 PM
  #36  
devinfan
Senior Member
 
devinfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posts: 1,986
Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 92 Post(s)
Liked 31 Times in 13 Posts

1962 World Ace, top of the Alps line

1975 Priori Mod. Super Corsa, full 1st Gen Super Record.
devinfan is offline  
Old 07-18-21, 05:36 PM
  #37  
P!N20
Senior Member
 
P!N20's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,517
Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 670 Post(s)
Liked 809 Times in 443 Posts
Top of the line Pinarello Montello with second tier groupset and entry level engine.

P!N20 is offline  
Old 07-18-21, 05:55 PM
  #38  
SJX426 
Senior Member
 
SJX426's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
Posts: 8,108

Bikes: '73 Bottecchia Giro d'Italia, '83 Colnago Superissimo, '84 Trek 610, '84 Trek 760, '88 Pinarello Veneto, '88 De Rosa Pro, '89 Pinarello Montello, '94 Burley Duet, 97 Specialized RockHopper, 2010 Langster, Tern Link D8

Mentioned: 58 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1096 Post(s)
Liked 800 Times in 493 Posts
A bit of a shabby state but this is my best full period correct version of the Pinarello Montello. Not as nice looking as the example above but it shows all its time and Patina.
P1020132, on Flickr

Bottle goes with my desire at the time and with the HS which is Camy!

The requirements did not say everything had to be period correct. So here is my latest fun bike, 1988 De Rosa Professional.
P1040764 on Flickr

I would have posted the 1983 Colnago Superissimo but DD trumped mine. I consider it one up from the super because it has chrome head lugs like DD's.
1983 Colnago Superissimo on Flickr

OOPS! I have more than one Campagnolo bottle!
__________________
Bikes don't stand alone. They are two tired.
SJX426 is offline  
Likes For SJX426:
Old 07-18-21, 06:04 PM
  #39  
Amocat223
Senior Member
 
Amocat223's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: New Brunswick
Posts: 84

Bikes: Gios

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
I believe this Miyata Team Carbon was top of the line for 1993 -
Amocat223 is offline  
Likes For Amocat223:
Old 07-18-21, 07:12 PM
  #40  
slushA
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2021
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
Hmmm..... I can quantify that with a few of my 90's bikes I think.

The mid 90's Giordana XL Supers were the top of their line those years for sure. Scored two of them.


This has the "much better build" with the C.F. tubulars, SR/Record groupset and such.

This one is just 11 speed Athena and weighs about 2 lbs more than the other one. But this one feels better under me on the road than anything else I have.

Then for sure the 1999 Trek Y-77:

Found as a NOS frame and built up with 11 speed Ultegra and sporting some nice Reynolds wheels right now.

Then there was this 1987 Schwinn Paramount:


Not only top of the line for 1987, this was also serial #1 for the year.

Then there was this mid 80's Cabestany, their top model.


This is it during it's "gravel phase" for me.

And I think this Pinarello is the top model for the year from what I was told. Haven't found it in a catalog yet so I really don't know for sure:
Nice looking bikes. What fork is that I see on the Paramount? Stock or carbon fiber upgrade?
slushA is offline  
Old 07-18-21, 07:52 PM
  #41  
joluja 
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 43

Bikes: Merckx Corsa Extra, Ciocc Mockba, Zeus Victoria, Alan Competition (R.I.P), Serotta CDA, Willier Cento 1SR, Pinarello FP Quattro, Teledyne Titan, Chesini Arena Precision 83, Cannondale SR900, Denti Master, De Rosa 35th, 3Rensho Super Record Export

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Liked 69 Times in 22 Posts
Definitely interested pm coming...
joluja is offline  
Old 07-18-21, 09:06 PM
  #42  
jeirvine 
Senior Member
 
jeirvine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Bethesda/Baltimore MD
Posts: 3,725

Bikes: '72 Moto Grand Record, '72 Gitane tandem, '72 Raleigh Super Course, '73 Raleigh Gran Sport, '73 and '76 Colnagos Super, '76 Fiorelli Coppi, '78 Raleigh SBDU Team Pro, '78 Trek 930, '81 Holdsworth Special 650B, '86 Masi GC, '87 Panasonic DX5000

Mentioned: 58 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 669 Post(s)
Liked 274 Times in 161 Posts
Trek 930 - top of the line for 1978.

__________________
The man who dies with the most toys…is dead. - Rootboy
jeirvine is offline  
Likes For jeirvine:
Old 07-18-21, 09:11 PM
  #43  
sced
South Carolina Ed
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Greer, SC
Posts: 3,709

Bikes: Holdsworth Super Mistral Fastback, Macario Pro, Ciocc San Cristobal, Viner Nemo, Cyfac Le Mythique, Giant TCR, Tommasso Mondial, Cyfac Etoile

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 283 Post(s)
Liked 121 Times in 64 Posts
Custom Super Mistral Fastback had all the bells and whistles Holdsworth offered in 1973. Originally came as an all Nuovo / Record 5 speed, tubulars, and Cinelli saddle.

sced is offline  
Old 07-19-21, 04:57 AM
  #44  
Wileyone 
Senior Member
 
Wileyone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: GWN
Posts: 2,498
Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1671 Post(s)
Liked 453 Times in 302 Posts
Originally Posted by sced View Post
Custom Super Mistral Fastback had all the bells and whistles Holdsworth offered in 1973. Originally came as an all Nuovo / Record 5 speed, tubulars, and Cinelli saddle.

Was the Mistral the top of the line in 1973, or was it the Professional?
Wileyone is offline  
Old 07-19-21, 05:47 AM
  #45  
jamesdak 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Utah
Posts: 6,875

Bikes: Paletti,De Rosa Neo Pro,Pinarello Monviso,Duell Vienna,Giordana XL Super(2)Lemond Maillot Juane (2) & custom & Versailles,PDG Paramount,Serotta CSI,Fuji Opus III,Davidson Impulse,Pashley Guv'nor,Evans,Fishlips,Jan De Reus,Prologue TT,Y-Foil,Softride

Mentioned: 121 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1711 Post(s)
Liked 1,259 Times in 632 Posts
Originally Posted by slushA View Post
Nice looking bikes. What fork is that I see on the Paramount? Stock or carbon fiber upgrade?
Oh, it was an "upgrade". The previous owner had the bike gone over by Waterford, repainted, and then built up with modern components.
__________________
Steel is real...and comfy.
jamesdak is offline  
Old 07-19-21, 05:49 AM
  #46  
jamesdak 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Utah
Posts: 6,875

Bikes: Paletti,De Rosa Neo Pro,Pinarello Monviso,Duell Vienna,Giordana XL Super(2)Lemond Maillot Juane (2) & custom & Versailles,PDG Paramount,Serotta CSI,Fuji Opus III,Davidson Impulse,Pashley Guv'nor,Evans,Fishlips,Jan De Reus,Prologue TT,Y-Foil,Softride

Mentioned: 121 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1711 Post(s)
Liked 1,259 Times in 632 Posts
One thing I will say about some of the earlier comments. I think most of us realize "top of the line" quite often does not equate to "best" or "best riding". I can't see how any of this would be an ego trip. It's just the manufacturer's call on where a bike falls. I love all my bikes.
__________________
Steel is real...and comfy.
jamesdak is offline  
Old 07-19-21, 09:02 AM
  #47  
seypat
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 6,080
Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1929 Post(s)
Liked 901 Times in 609 Posts
Originally Posted by seypat View Post
85 Prestige as found recently. Starting the rehab process today.

I also have an 83 Turbo with a Prestige fork and some component changes. TOL for that year.

seypat is offline  
Old 07-19-21, 09:06 AM
  #48  
seypat
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 6,080
Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1929 Post(s)
Liked 901 Times in 609 Posts
And an 84 Turbo F/F being built up as a Mad Max wasteland racer. Middle finger build to the component companies and their constant planned obsolescence decisions also. I think only a couple of components come from the same company brand. One of the derailleurs and the hubs are the same brand, but different groups. The other derailleur and the crank(but not the chainrings) are from the same group/brand. That's it. Getting it ready in case I have to go into Thunderdome.


Last edited by seypat; 07-19-21 at 09:13 AM.
seypat is offline  
Old 07-19-21, 09:14 AM
  #49  
no67el 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Mad River Valley, VT
Posts: 218

Bikes: How many is too many?

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 84 Post(s)
Liked 131 Times in 66 Posts
I love all the bikes--- both the "creme de la creme" and the mutts which ride far better than they should.

My two favorite bikes at the moment are a humble Peugeot PFN10, which was Peugeot's entry-level race bike in the early 80's, made of Vitus 172...

And this one, which was considerably above entry-level:



Motobecane TeamChampion

They are both just delightful to ride, but I worry a lot less about scratching the Peugeot....
no67el is offline  
Likes For no67el:
Old 07-19-21, 10:05 AM
  #50  
seypat
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 6,080
Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1929 Post(s)
Liked 901 Times in 609 Posts
Originally Posted by no67el View Post
I love all the bikes--- both the "creme de la creme" and the mutts which ride far better than they should.

My two favorite bikes at the moment are a humble Peugeot PFN10, which was Peugeot's entry-level race bike in the early 80's, made of Vitus 172...

And this one, which was considerably above entry-level:



Motobecane TeamChampion

They are both just delightful to ride, but I worry a lot less about scratching the Peugeot....
Hot!
seypat is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.