I used to have the 94 Pinarello catalogue floating around - I do remember they had 2 alloy frames - a 7020 Oria frame and the same frame as a "Ceramic" MM frame. AFAIK these were the same frames that other brands were badging up - Cougar certainly had the same 2 frames in their range and my Wilier 7020 is identical apart from the paint.
Alloy didn't catch on for road bikes until Pantani won. Even Principia bikes were less visible on their native market than steel frames up till then.
saw this also:
'Riis' bike in 1996 was a Pinarello. It was Pinarellos first real aluminum frame, it was called Keral-Lite and was - contrary to what fool Werge write - actually not characterized by the distinctive oversized tubes, one or see on American-built frames as Cannondale and Klein. Pinerelloen looked so most of all a classic steel frame. Indurain and most of the Banesto team drove incidentally also in Keral-Lite. Incidentally, it is true, as is written elsewhere that Tyler Hamilton was built Parlee frame flown in for the tour 2002, when he was very dissatisfied with the heavy and sluggish Look cycles.'
The ceramic one is the frame I just bought, it has columbus brain forks whch I think is the same spec as the Riis bike from a trawl on t'internet. Noted threaded steerer also...
i'll get it sorted and put up some pics
thanks a lot for the info!
PS found this link on TdF bike weights...
http://felixwong.com/2010/11/tour-de-fr ... e-weights/
Colnago Super, C record Delta 7v,
Olagnero Signature Model, DA 7401
Battaglin EL101 tubing 8v
Wilier Campagnolo 8v Record
Daccordi Furioso, Campag Veloce 9v