Friday, 18 September 2015

A tribute to Il Campionissimo - Fausto Coppi Chrome

The good news is the bike came together just wonderfully, however a few months later than planned.  I was collecting on average one piece a week, being patient and letting things come and go on eBay and other sources that went beyond reasonable pricing.  When pieces were used, as opposed to New Old Stock, I tried to stay at the "barely can tell it was used" side of things.  Having said all that, this came together remarkably frugally for what I view as a beautiful and functional end result.  It was helpful that I didn't stick to a period piece, which would have been more costly, and/or much more difficult.  I was going for a combination of elegance and functionality, hopefully that il Campionissimo himself would be pleased to ride.

Frame: Fausto Coppi, Colombus Thron steel, 2,065g.  55.5cm, mid 90's, new old stock.
Fork: Chromoly Fausto Coppi, 700g.
Stem: Cinelli X A stem, 26.4mm clamp, 120mm, 73 degree 1" quill stem.  Forged aluminum AL6082-T6.  New old stock, 90's vintage.
Headset: Campagnolo Record.
Handlebar: Cinelli Nerve, 44cm, 240g.
Shifters: Campagnolo Chorus 10 speed. 
Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record vintage, 1972.
Cable housing: vintage stainless steel wound cables.
Crank: 1973 Campagnolo Record Pista Track "Engraved Logo" 170mm 144BCD Crankset, 560g. 
Chainring: 46T TA Specialties track ring, 1/8th, French sourced replica.
Bottom Bracket: 111mm Campagnolo Record.
Derailleur: Campagnolo Record 11, long cage, new old stock.
Cogset: IRD Elite Road 10 speed Campagnolo 11-34. 
Chain: Campagnolo Record.
Hubs: Campagnolo Record 28 hole, new old stock.
Rims: H Plus Son TB 14 clincher, 23mm width, welded joint, high polish, 490g.
Spokes: Sapim Race double butted.
Skewers: Campagnolo Record.
Tires: Challenge Paris Roubaix gumwall 27mm 300 tpi are my Italian tires of choice.
Tape: Selle Anatomica, leather.
Seatpost: Campagnolo Super Record Polished, 27.2.
Saddle: Selle Anatomica X series, white.
Pedals: modern Crank Brothers Eggbeaters, red caps to contribute to the color scheme.
Accessories: Polished bell.  Stainless and bamboo bidon, stainless cage.

With modern shifting, wide range gearing, large tires with a high thread count, and an amazing leather saddle, as one would imagine, this rides like a dream.  Fausto would be proud.

22 lbs even of metallic, usable art, a tribute to il Campionissimo Fausto Coppi, and to Italy herself.

Clean, beautiful drivetrain, in the beauty of metal, save for the Campagnolo Record 10 sp carbon cap (only Centaur and Veloce were all metallic in 10sp).  I went outside the Campagnolo line for a cassette, as IRD makes these wide range cassettes that give this a little more functionality as a 1x drivetrain.

The Challenge tires are a joy to ride, and stuck to the period look with the gum walls, plus Challenge is an Italian company.  The Campagnolo Super Record brakes do their job... but certainly don't stack up to modern ones.  The hubs on the other hand, are pure silk and are a testament to the Record line.

The Selle Anatomica is a wonderful saddle. In the right light, the Campagnolo Record post gleams.

The Record headset is smooth as silk, and the stem is a thing of beauty.  Swapped out the hoods on the shifters for white.

Stainless bidon, bamboo on cap.  Stainless cage.  Eggbeaters for practicality, and the red caps match nicely. 

Amazing finish on the stem.

Internal brake cable routing.

Engraved and painted bottom bracket logo. Smooth as silk Campagnolo Record bottom bracket, 46t chainring.

Campagnolo Pista track crankset circa '73. The chain ring is essentially the only non-Italian part, but since TA Specialties manufactures in modern times what I couldn't find elsewhere, I'm ok with that.  I could find other Campagnolo rings, but not in a size that would give me riding practicality.

Il Campionissimo himself.  Ahh, to be immortalized as lean, young, fit, stylish and in a forever driving forward an attack.  Bellisimo.

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