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Old 02-26-21, 09:05 PM
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Bianchi tune up...

Purchased this on CL...




I'm not a Bianchi geek so I went into this purchase doing some research first. This is an 89 Campione d'Italia, so middle of the road. Columbus Cromor tubing, a mix of Ufmega, Modolo and Suntour components, oh and a Gipiemme seat post. Most of the components are labelled Quattro. From what I could find Suntour was ending the Cyclone level of their line but Bianchi convinced them to do one more run and label it Quattro. The seller said the bike was mostly original except the brake levers, bar tape, and brake cable housing. The stem was installed when he bought it.

He was selling it for $400 and I just sold an Electra beach cruiser for $450 so I felt it was a good deal.

It was in really great shape! Not a lot had to be done. I cleaned it and waxed the frame adjusted the hubs, replaced the derailleur cables and housing on the rear D and switched the tires from 23s to 28s. Also replaced the saddle, pedals, bottom bracket and water bottle cages...


Took it for my first ride.

I have to say I'm not impressed with the stem, I think its too long.
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Old 02-26-21, 10:08 PM
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Its Italian.

A tune up consists of wringing it out up and down every hill and curve for half an hour.

Thats how you tune up anything that's Italian.
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Looks to be in great shape. Enjoy. Raced one just like it for a couple of years till I snapped the DS chainstay. My guess is that’s a 59 with a 130 stem and you may prefer a 120. ITM and 3TTT made some nice quils and bars.
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Yeah its a 59 w/130 stem. I normally ride a 60 w/110 stem. I'm probably going to use a 90 and see what I think.
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Originally Posted by Jmpierce View Post
Yeah its a 59 w/130 stem. I normally ride a 60 w/110 stem. I'm probably going to use a 90 and see what I think.
That Tbone on there may be an mtb, they were big in that and it may have value.

That's a great looking bike and a fine score imo, looks to be in good shape.
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Old 02-27-21, 08:04 AM
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That Tioga T-Bone is a road stem and non-OEM. T-Bone were popular aftermarket items, though they were also spec'd as OEM by some bicycle brands. They came in both road and ATB versions. Had this been an ATB version, it would almost certainly have had some noticeable rise to it, rather than being horizontal. The ATB versions also typically had a built in guide for cantilever brake cables.

Regarding Quattro, the more plausible story, at least in my mind, is that Bianchi wanted a homogenous group (at least in name), as that had become the market trend at the time. Shimano had successfully trickled the group concept down to entry level range with the introduction of their Exage groups in 1988, convincing the consumer that components designed to function together, did work better.

Bianchi's prior approach to the Cd'I was a mix of 2nd tier of European components (Modolo, Gipiemme, Ofmega, Stronglight) with SunTour derailleurs but the average consumer thought it looked too much like it was thrown together from a backyard mechanic's parts bin. All these component manufacturers were hurting from Shimano groups taking big chunks out of their market share, so I don't think it took too much pressure from Bianchi too convince them to market them under a single Quattro name, to try to give the impression of a single sourced, harmonious group, like Shimano was offering.
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Hi Joe,
Very nice looking ride, I wish that you would have posted some closeups of the details.
I am sure that you will be pleased, those frames are great riders and Celeste is a nice color for Bianchi!
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Yeah its a 59 w/130 stem. I normally ride a 60 w/110 stem. I'm probably going to use a 90 and see what I think.
Only you know what your fit requires, but I think you would like that front end more with a 120mm stem (that's how they were spec'd in that size).



My CDI came with a wheelset of Ofmega Hubs and Ambrosio rims. The rims were 36H and bombproof. The hubs were cup and cone loose ball and very serviceable.
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gkamieneski, It has the Ofmega Hubs and Ambrosio rims too. They are in great shape just a little truing needed to be done but the roll well.

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These were all before I cleaned it!
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
That Tioga T-Bone is a road stem and non-OEM. T-Bone were popular aftermarket items, though they were also spec'd as OEM by some bicycle brands. They came in both road and ATB versions. Had this been an ATB version, it would almost certainly have had some noticeable rise to it, rather than being horizontal. The ATB versions also typically had a built in guide for cantilever brake cables.

Regarding Quattro, the more plausible story, at least in my mind, is that Bianchi wanted a homogenous group (at least in name), as that had become the market trend at the time. Shimano had successfully trickled the group concept down to entry level range with the introduction of their Exage groups in 1988, convincing the consumer that components designed to function together, did work better.

Bianchi's prior approach to the Cd'I was a mix of 2nd tier of European components (Modolo, Gipiemme, Ofmega, Stronglight) with SunTour derailleurs but the average consumer thought it looked too much like it was thrown together from a backyard mechanic's parts bin. All these component manufacturers were hurting from Shimano groups taking big chunks out of their market share, so I don't think it took too much pressure from Bianchi too convince them to market them under a single Quattro name, to try to give the impression of a single sourced, harmonious group, like Shimano was offering.
You're probably right T-mar. I don't remember where I read the story I posted. When I first saw the photos I tried looking up the components and ended up on a site telling about Shimano components and Bianchi in the late 90's. I had never heard of Quattro components before. The brakes are Modolo, the seat post is Gipiemme, the crankset, headset, pedals and hubs are Ofmega and the shifters, freewheel and derailleurs are Suntour.
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Just watch out for those Modolo brakes. In my experience they just didn't have much stopping power. Of course they are both single pivot.

I'll bet I still have some Ofmega and Quattro stuff hanging around as well as some Superbe Pro stuff. Ran a Sachs 7 speed FW on the Ofmega hub with Campy 8 speed RD locked out to 7 speeds.
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Just watch out for those Modolo brakes. In my experience they just didn't have much stopping power. Of course they are both single pivot
I love those Modolos. I get plenty of power out of mine with kool stop pads on them.

That Ofmega headset is the hotness though. At least as good looking as the Campy Athena headsets of similar vintage. Nice bike/build!
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I ordered a set of Kool Stops for these brakes. Hopefully they'll make the brakes work better. I actually didn't notice anything wrong with them when I took it out for a short ride the other day.
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Great looking bike! Very comparable reported weight to the SLX bikes that year. In case you haven't found them on here already, I'll attach the 1989 spec sheet and geometry I got to use for my Bianchi. I think for stuff like the brakes, if you decide to upgrade in the future, that the 90s Campagnolo silver stuff still looks timely for these era frames. Either before or after the series names were added around 1995.



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Jim, do you really have a workbench with Celeste cross members!?!?
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I have the same 1989 bike that a finished overhauling in January. it is a deeper green/blue colour with white seat and bars. I don't know if the colour was for the Canadian market or was available else ware. The bike is original except for consumables (tape, tires, cables, housings, grease)






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It’s interesting that yours has a “Quattro” decal on the top tube. Also noticed that you have the original shift levers from the Quattro group.

Looks to be in great shape.
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AJI125, thanks for posting the specs. I was looking for that.

gkamieneski, Yes my work bench is celeste, the PO painted it that color. I didn't think about it until I got this bike home and took a picture of it in the shop.

bikeaddiction1, yours looks like its in better condition than mine! Very nice. I think your tubing is different, mine is Cromor. Not sure what yours is but the decal looks different, otherwise it could be a twin of mine.
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bikeaddiction1, yours looks like its in better condition than mine! Very nice. I think your tubing is different, mine is Cromor. Not sure what yours is but the decal looks different, otherwise it could be a twin of mine.
Mine is also Columbus ChroMor.
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I think my Formula 2 tubing bike, with Cyclone is a season or two before yours. It has Modolo brakeset, Miche hubs with Ofmega headset. I replaced the cranks and seatpost with Campy.
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@Jmpierce nice bike! I am surprised that 28c tires fit. I had an '89 Specialized Sirrus and the max was 25c. Could you go even larger?
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@Jmpierce nice bike! I am surprised that 28c tires fit. I had an '89 Specialized Sirrus and the max was 25c. Could you go even larger?
My Bianchi (see signature) currently has 700Cx28 Continental tires, which run 2-3mm on the small side. I was not able to put 700Cx28 Specialized Armadillos on it, because they run a bit large.
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My Bianchi (see signature) currently has 700Cx28 Continental tires, which run 2-3mm on the small side. I was not able to put 700Cx28 Specialized Armadillos on it, because they run a bit large.
Yes, mine are Continentals. I could probably go larger with continentals not sure about Specialized...
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I like the looks of these brake levers but others have said they didn't like them. I'm going to try them out and see.
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