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First Bianchi!

Old 01-25-23, 02:14 PM
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First Bianchi!

Hello All,
This is my first time post. I was hoping to find out more about my new bike. I believe it is a Campione D'Italia (1989?) that is in excellent condition. However, I was told that the original owner bought the bike with the Shimano 105 Flight Deck components (everything Is 105 except the seat post is Shimano 600 and the handlebars are ITM SUPER ITALIA PRO).
The serial number is 6975 A 8. I was also wondering about the value. Photos are in my gallery. Thank you!
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Old 01-25-23, 04:01 PM
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If that seat is at the right height, then I think the bike is way too small for you.

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Not a Bianchi expert but the decals do point to 1989 while the components do not. 1989 Campione D'Italia used Cromor in a Superset configuration. But it did not have Shimano 105. It is possible that it was sold as a frameset and the purchaser chose Shimano 105 to dress it out. Cromor is OK, not as good as SL or SLX regarding weight.

Everyone has different ideas on fit. I agree that it appears to be too small for you. That is a very aggressive position. Maybe OK if you intend to race, but it makes my neck hurt just looking at it.
But I'm older now.

Congrats on your acquisition!
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Beautiful bike and the color is a great Celeste version.

Brifters didnít come out with 105 until 1992-1993 so I am guessing that was a later up grade?

Agree with Clang, thatís a lot of seatpost height for that frame. Tough to make it work up front though you could get a riser stem to make you a bit more balanced in the saddle.
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I agree that position is aggressive and I intend to change that. I measured the frame to be 53 cm and I am about 175 cm and the stand over height seems to be right. Thank you for the replies.
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Old 01-26-23, 05:16 AM
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I agree that position is aggressive and I intend to change that. I measured the frame to be 53 cm and I am about 175 cm and the stand over height seems to be right. Thank you for the replies.
Awesome! Glad it fits! You can do a few things with stems to dial in.

5í9Ē is about the tallest you can be for a 53cm usually, but everything is about fit. Long legs short torso will struggle to ride a smaller size while long torso shorter legs tend toward smaller frames for their height.
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Just realized that I posted the wrong photo showing the saddle height. The one I posted was when I had pulled out the seat post to make sure it was moving freely. My bad! I have posted a new photo to my gallery that shows the correct saddle height.

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Old 01-27-23, 01:08 PM
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Any guess on value?
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Sorry forgot to ask before, could this bike be a 1990?
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Sorry forgot to ask before, could this bike be a 1990?
Maybe the frame, but the components appear to be 9 speed 105 which came out years later
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Sorry forgot to ask before, could this bike be a 1990?
Doubt it. Frame stayed the same but components were vastly different. Check here:

https://www.gringineer.com/blogs/gri...anchi-catalog/
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I sold an 89 CdI a couple years ago with 105 chainset, DT shifters and Modlolo brakes for $100. The frame was Celeste also but with some rust. My guess is your bike is FMV $250-ish.
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I don't know, this one has the bianchi tax...

I think I could sell that for $450, I think it would sell reasonably quick.
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I don't plan on selling the bike was just wondering if I over paid for it and it looks like I may have by least about $200 CDN. However, I liked the condition, color, it's my size and was available locally (West Coast Canada). And he seemed to be a "nice" guy! Oh well
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
Maybe the frame, but the components appear to be 9 speed 105 which came out years later
I was able to find out that the Shimano 105 5500 series came out in 1998. shimano.com/en/100th/history/products/result.php?id=30
The guy I bought it from said that the bike was originally bought with the 105 components already on it and that his uncle bought it new. So the frame must have been sitting around fro some time.
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Originally Posted by Random Guy View Post
I don't plan on selling the bike was just wondering if I over paid for it and it looks like I may have by least about $200 CDN. However, I liked the condition, color, it's my size and was available locally (West Coast Canada). And he seemed to be a "nice" guy! Oh well
If you paid $500 or less, you did just fine on that bike. Celeste Bianchis are cool. Even a bit more.

The 9 speed Shimano 105 stuff is bomb proof and reliable. I have not ridden a Bianchi since a touring Randonneur in the 1980s, but people love theirs...particularly the CdI

https://www.ebay.com/itm/404108766516


Mavic CX series wheels arenít cheap either. They are good trainer, all condition wheels.

And Cromor is really good tubing. Not SL or SLX, but high quality nonetheless.

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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
If you paid $500 or less, you did just fine on that bike. Celeste Bianchis are cool. Even a bit more.

The 9 speed Shimano 105 stuff is bomb proof and reliable. I have not ridden a Bianchi since a touring Randonneur in the 1980s, but people love theirs...particularly the CdI




Mavic CX series wheels arenít cheap either. They are good trainer, all condition wheels.

And Cromor is really good tubing. Not SL or SLX, but high quality nonetheless.
When you look at it like that then I did alright because the Mavic wheels with 105 hubs are listed for $180.
ebay.com/itm/284922911489
Thanks for looking into it!
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When you look at it like that then I did alright because the Mavic wheels with 105 hubs are listed for $180.
ebay.com/itm/284922911489
Thanks for looking into it!
You're welcome. Sometimes you just have to enjoy what you bought...even if my last purchase was a Fauxsin MTB frame... haha.
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My 10th post. Cheap way to do it. Oh well
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Love it-

53cm for 5"9 is almost ideal but it depends on comfort and riding style

Im all about retro
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