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  • After sorting my other MTB in the summer (­72) madness has struck and I've somehow managed to acquire another one, albeit in a slightly larger size (19.5" frame). I was actually scouring the Italian version of Gumtree for a bike for my girlfriend, when I came across this Bianchi, with what appeared to be all original parts (minus pedals). I went to see it, paid the princely sum of €100 and now it is in my apartment, along with my Scapin road bike and the gaudy MAGA bike from the link above.

    But, I don't know what to do with it. The parts seem a bit of a strange mix (Deore XT rear derailleur and LX for the rest, with I think Avid v-brakes and some RockShox Jett Race forks - many parts have Bianchi branding on). I originally thought I could do a complete swap of the Deore LX black/gold components (and Kona rigid fork, wheels, stem/bars etc) from the MAGA bike, but my girlfriend seems to like the celeste touches onslaught; but I'm less convinced. I've got a few bits in the parts bin I can use once I've stripped it, cleaned everything and rebuilt it, but thought I'd seek the wisdom/wrath of the forum before proceeding (also because it is raining and I don't want to go outside to wash it). The idea was for me to use this frame as it is slightly larger than my other one (and the 400mm seatpost on that is at maximum extension).

    So do I simply restore it or use the frame with the matching black/gold parts from the USA machine?

    Seller's images below!


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