This bike project has finally been finished but I thought I could share how it started out...
First idea was to build with the Dura Ace 8 speed groupset, where I thought the grey colour of the groupset would suit nicely with the frame colour scheme.
I ended up opting for a 9 speed Campagnolo groupset. Record front and rear mech, crankset, headset, Athena skeleton calipers, Veloce Shifters. A bit of a mix and match of Campy stuff, but still looks good to me...
Modolo handlebars and Nitto Pearl stem. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the finish on the Nitto stems are so much nicer than the Cinelli 1A alternatives.
The fade handlebar tape looks really cool in my eyes and the Raleigh screw in end plug really finishes it off nicely!
The seat post would probably look better in standard chrome but I wanted to see how it looked with a black seatpost.
Would love to hear your thoughts and see some Concorde builds as well! Let's share.
Your bike looks great done a great job.this is my old concorde Gavina SL.
That looks really nice @billygoat8 The gumwall tyres with black rims is an awesome combo.
I think the Gavina was higher spec than the Aquila, wasn't it?
Yes Gavin was 2nd from top .
What was the top model?
It was the squadra with the SLX tubing
@billygoat8 love old brochures! I read somewhere that Concorde frames where built in various places but most regarded frames were built in Italy, by Pelizzoli (or Ciocc?) I believe. Do you know if this is true?
Apparently frames with the number hanger, like on mine, were built from Columbus's racing tubing. Also, not sure if that is true but maybe you have more info on that than me.
Yes you are right top end models with the Italian flag on the top tube and number hangers were built by Ciocc.
Pelizzoli are still building frames! They look really cool. Especially the Curdomo frame. http://www.ciclipelizzoli.it/road/curdomo/
Thought I'd share some scans from an early 1990s Concorde Catalogue.
My Squadra - bought off the forum as a single speed. It’s Columbus TSX, and a dogs dinner component wise but helping me get out to do some winter miles.
Not seen the EL-OS ones shown on the second page of the brochure, but do occasionally see the Max frames:
@190-215GPa Nice winter bike. I am not sure what tubing mine is made from.
Maybe someone can help distinguish the Columbus tubing used for this frame?
@Tonzaman SL or SP most likely (from a quick google 🙂). No idea how you’d tell for certain.
Lovely bike! This is a PDM team Squadra I built with a new 105 groupset for my sister’s BF a few months ago, I posted it in the MGOOF thread:
The bike is a perfect mix of new and old. Very nice neo retro bike.
I bought the Aquila frame for a "cheap" ride about bike but I couldn't help building it with Campy gear. Concorde bikes are surprisingly good. Especially the Italian made frames. The paint work ooh la la...
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