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Bianchi with Campy 1980's

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Bianchi/54CM/1980's/Columbus SLX Tubing

Bianchi Chrome/Campy

Mavic GP4 Rim, Dura Ace hub

Mavic GP4 Rim, Dura Ace hub



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Campy double

Garage sale find.....

People who friended this bike stalag13, cannonhugodale, simon Mire, mmediaman, snakechild, thegrither, ColumbusSLX, per.k

Oooo, Deltas

What's the tubing? Is there a decal with a model name on the frame? Bigger photos...

From the Delta brakes (assuming they're original), I'd guess it's from somewhere between 1987 and 1989. The celeste decals on a celeste frame is unusual; I've never seen that in a catalog. has an assortment of early-mid '80s catalogs that might give you a hand with dating. Unfortunately, late '80s is kind of an information wasteland; there's no websites with solid info.

I have an '88, and I share your pain. I've also added you to the Bianchi di celeste cluster.

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Thanks for your input! The bike has Columbus SLX tubing. The paint color is not the traditional celeste - it's a little different. I bought the bike at a garage sale and so don't have a lot of info on it. I'll try to add some better photos.


One of the scary discoveries you'll make that there really isn't a traditional celeste - some years are lighter, some are bluer, some are grayer. I hear from local Bianchi dealers that Ed Litton (a high-end framebuilder/refinisher who works about eight miles from me in Richmond CA) is the guy Bianchi USA has designated for warranty repaints, because he has samples/formulas for all the celeste variations.

SLX is probably on the later/pricier end, which would match up with the Delta brakes; the Deltas were the calipers in the Record and Croce d'Aune gruppos (the top two Campagnolo gruppos from the 1987-1993 "C-Record" era). If you post a photo of the crankset and the rear derailleur, I should be able to identify the full gruppo from those. Photos of whatever pantographing/engraving is on the frame, stem or seatpost should help, too.

Thanks for the great info

I added some photos. I can't find any model info on the bike.

Hmm; big diagonal decals...

I've never seen those before. The usual '80s DT/ST marking is a block of diagonal stripes in varying widths.

The cranks are Record; you can tell by the "hidden hole" (the fifth hole in the chainrings mounts to the back of the crankarm). The rear derailleur is first-generation C-Record (1986-88), with the logo engraved into the case. Later Record derailleurs had a more rectangular case, with the Campagnolo name laser-etched on in black.

The Bianchi USA office is in Hayward CA, about 15 miles from me. I've found that if you email them and send a bunch of pictures, the receptionist will look through their collection of old catalogs to try to identify a match.

Thanks Eaglerock

I appreciate all the info - glad I posted a photo!

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