Friday, April 22, 2016

Nemo Tig

Color: Purple Haze
The new Neo Tig in triple butted Columbus Spirit with a Columbus monocoque carbon fork in 1-1/8” 1-1/2”is Cinelli's latest racing level steel frame.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Speciale Corsa, 1960s

Thanks to Elvezio for photos of his Speciale Corsa labeled Cinelli with front fender from the 1960s.







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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Laser

Purchased at the NY Bike Show about 1983/84: Columbus AIR decal on seat tube.  Laser number 33 but frame is stamped 45.







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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Piccolo

The Cinelli for children, the Piccolo model, appeared in this catalog. Here is an example of one in size 44cm. It appears to have the old style logo in the oval on the downtube (as seen here), and has the chrome bands on the seat tube. Photographed in the "as found" state and equipped with Magistroni crankset, Gian Robert rear derailleur, Simplex shifter, Cinelli Milano stem, and NISI rims




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Bike Stand

A reader writes, "I bought 5 all chrome double bike stands from a bike shop in the north of England that was closing down, they all have Cinelli Milano decals on them. The hooks are designed to support steel diameter horizontal top tubes. The owner said he bought them from Italy in the 1970s or 1980s." Anyone familiar with these? Leave a comment.
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Saturday, March 19, 2016

1946 Cinelli

This frame was purchased in Firenze in 1946. It was equipped with Simplex Champion du Monde. The frame is stamped with 5 on the fork and bottom bracket, and with 5568 on the rear of the seat tube. There is an attempt to restore the colors in the headbadge.





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Thank you Fabio.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Windsor

We have a blog entry on the subject of how to distinguish a Cinelli from a Mexican made look a like Windsor, story here.


We recently received the following from Daniel Jansen Torres:

 "I would like to introduce myself as the person who wrote the article on the Windsor Pro bikes at the Classic Rendenvous website. I did attend law school in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico (Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara) from 1972 to 1978 and it was during the last three years I became a member of that university's semi-pro cycling team (TECOS).

Our team at one point was ranked 3rd in North America as the best team in this category by the UCI. Our team rode both Benottos and until the last years 1975-1976 started riding these bicycles. Acer-Mex, who was the the company that built these bikes, sold them in select stores in Mexico and in particular in Guadalajara by "BICICLETAS ZAPOPAN".

In 1976 I purchased my Windsor thru this store but with a special discount because of my association with my university. The cost was $8700.00 pesos which was about $560.00 US dollars. Because the store did not have my size, my order was sent to Mexico City to have my bike made. Our university also had bought six track bikes that were also on order. It was during this period that myself, our trainer and other members of the team, went to Mexico City to be measured for the frames. We did meet the manager of the Windsor division that made the frames whose name was Remo Vechii. We got a tour of the factory and were amazed by the huge numbers of bikes being built for both the domestic and export markets. These were not the racing bikes, but regular bicycles. After being measured we were given a time frame for the bikes to be sent to Guadalajara.

Back then I did not know of Cinelli's or Colnago's, etc., or any other bike brands. After many years I started to find out more on these bikes and found out that the similarities were not just a coincidence, but a marketing move by Acer-Mex to get recognition in the higher end market. There was in fact a DEAL between Cinelli and the Mexican company to build these bikes almost the same as Italian Cinelli's but with different changes such as the fork, lugs,seat post diameter etc.

One thing I can say is that the Mexican Windsor Pro bicycles were not knock offs as they had the blessing of Cinelli. You have to remember that it was during this time that the Japanese were invading the bike market with very good bikes and that for the Mexican market to survive they struck a deal with this European company to build bikes.The Italians were also was looking for outlets to sell their bikes to compete with the Japanese. As a matter of fact Cinelli does have a factory in Mexico that sells recreational and some mountain bikes."



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