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I Inherited a Corima Street Bike?

Old 06-12-22, 05:41 PM
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I Inherited a Corima Street Bike?

I have an older, wealthy friend who has gifted my wife and I one of his storage units that we may do what we'd like!

In there I found a beautiful and lightweight bicycle with a very special frame shape.

He told me it was a Corima, a French racing bike manufacturer. I looked them up and I see that they stopped making frames in 2011. This looks to have all original part except for a water bottle holder that looks broken off. Also there is no branding on the frame proper.

Can anyone tell me how to confirm this might be a Corima Bike and if it is then how much would it be worth?



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Old 06-13-22, 08:05 AM
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Wow, I think I remember seeing those in the magazines. Late 90s, I believe. Sorry no other info in my head about them other than a super cool bike with some questionable "upgrades"
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Old 06-13-22, 09:04 AM
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That is super cool. Sorry not to have more info, but I'm looking forward to learning more.
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Old 06-13-22, 09:12 AM
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Here is some history.

https://www.corima.com/heritage/company.html


Found a Corima Puma in the following thread which bears some resemblance. From 1991.

https://weightweenies.starbike.com/f...c.php?t=124374

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Old 06-13-22, 09:43 AM
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Wow.
Clearly this was a drop handlebar bike that has new stem, bars, shifters.
A serious buyer would want to return it to the original DuraAce componentry and drop bars.

To get max value, one would have to find 'the perfect buyer'.
A good candidate for a rebuild with original components.
I would advertise, on BikeForums, theCabe, etc.
Being in SanDiego - put it on all the regional CraigsList sites, ask $2000, judge the reaction.
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Old 06-13-22, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Dylansbob View Post
a super cool bike with some questionable "upgrades"

That poor bike
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Old 06-13-22, 03:09 PM
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I do see the resemblance! Very interesting.
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Old 06-13-22, 03:11 PM
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Super helpful.

I appreciate the insight greatly.

Do you recommend that I get some Durace hardware and bring it back to what it might have originally looked like?

Or look for a buyer willing to do just that
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Originally Posted by Blesstheride View Post
Super helpful.

I appreciate the insight greatly.

Do you recommend that I get some Durace hardware and bring it back to what it might have originally looked like?

Or look for a buyer willing to do just that
Do you have the time/tools/aptitude/pile of parts in hand? If not, leave it for the next owner.
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Old 06-14-22, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Blesstheride View Post
Super helpful.

I appreciate the insight greatly.

Do you recommend that I get some Durace hardware and bring it back to what it might have originally looked like?

Or look for a buyer willing to do just that
I would IF - it was my size and i was interested in possibly keeping it . But if neither is the case, id try to sell it as-is. A nice set of Dura Ace 7700 shifter/brake levers may well cost $200 and an appropriate bar/sten combo and seat for a machine of this caliber also would be relatively expensive with no guarantee of re-couping that cost

I raced track extensively in that time period, and while this is not a track bike -- the track equivalent of this was the Corima Cougar and that was a $5000 frameset back then -- although track bikes are kind of specialty items , so theyre cost may not reflect the cost of a road frameset from that era

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Well the blue Mavic wheelset with matched green race tires if good are worth $200-300. low side so yes it has values
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Start high, settle wherever you feel comfortable. Not sure what the market for high-profile vintage carbon looks like, and honestly, likely only a few people would know. While the bike screams Corima, I also wouldn't know of any way to verify that -- I have never seen a model like this. Corima is still in business, I would recommend reaching out to them for more details on the bike (looks like they can be reached here: https://support.corima.com/hc/en-us/requests/new).

As others have pointed out if the bike is a Corima, then its met an unlikely fate in regards to its parts. I wouldn't bother swapping them out though, let the buyer deal with that, as they might want to customize the bike with their preferred setup.

Start high -- test the waters and adjust accordingly. I don't have a specific suggestion for a price, maybe $5,000? The market will decide...
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Old 06-15-22, 04:10 PM
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right, that makes sense to me too...
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Old 06-15-22, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
I would IF - it was my size and i was interested in possibly keeping it . But if neither is the case, id try to sell it as-is. A nice set of Dura Ace 7700 shifter/brake levers may well cost $200 and an appropriate bar/sten combo and seat for a machine of this caliber also would be relatively expensive with no guarantee of re-couping that cost

I raced track extensively in that time period, and while this is not a track bike -- the track equivalent of this was the Corima Cougar and that was a $5000 frameset back then -- although track bikes are kind of specialty items , so theyre cost may not reflect the cost of a road frameset from that era
I see, and that is true. I am most interested in finding a new owner for this being. Is the Bike Forums selling thread the best place for this, you think?
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Well the blue Mavic wheelset with matched green race tires if good are worth $200-300. low side so yes it has values
That is great to hear.

It certainly is a beautiful package, albeit the handle bars lol
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Originally Posted by SoccerBallXan View Post
Start high, settle wherever you feel comfortable. Not sure what the market for high-profile vintage carbon looks like, and honestly, likely only a few people would know. While the bike screams Corima, I also wouldn't know of any way to verify that -- I have never seen a model like this. Corima is still in business, I would recommend reaching out to them for more details on the bike (looks like they can be reached here: https://support.corima.com/hc/en-us/requests/new).

As others have pointed out if the bike is a Corima, then its met an unlikely fate in regards to its parts. I wouldn't bother swapping them out though, let the buyer deal with that, as they might want to customize the bike with their preferred setup.

Start high -- test the waters and adjust accordingly. I don't have a specific suggestion for a price, maybe $5,000? The market will decide...

The market will decide indeed. Thank you a ton for the insight, I will definitely look into corima to see if they can identify it.
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Originally Posted by Blesstheride View Post
Is the Bike Forums selling thread the best place for this, you think?
Certainly not a bad place to start, but you probably want to cast a wider net for such a niche item. There are a small number of potential buyers so you want to try multiple avenues to reach them.

It's a wonderful bike (aside from the noted modifications).
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I see, and that is true. I am most interested in finding a new owner for this being. Is the Bike Forums selling thread the best place for this, you think?

this is a notoriously frugal bunch - but you never know.

The site gets a lot of lurkers though. I looked down at the counter once and it said hundreds were online but only 60 or so forum members were on and posting
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I think the values being suggested for this bike is way optimistic.
Sure it's unique, but the passion for collecting this type/era of bike has not yet developed to the point as it had with artisanal steel bikes.
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