Im new to this forum but have been on LFGSS a few times and thought perhaps i could ask some of the forum members to educate and show there expertise on a recent purchase.
A few days ago a bike came up for sale on Gumtree, advertised as a "70's steel road bike", the picture showed a disassembled road bike with what looked like Colnago stickers, i asked the guy to confirm it but he hadnt heard of Colnago so i took a risk and checked it out... in a dark room... in a rush.... and i decided to buy it.
The asking price was £220, it came with all the parts, Campag hubs, pedals, setapost and mavic rims, dura ace rear mech, 600 front mech, brake, headset and 600 tricolour Brake levers, sora triple crank and a SA sakae bar/quill.
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I figured this person didnt know what they had on their hands, but then myself and a friend inspected it in a room which had a light and realised quite quickly this was not a Colnago. The frame is very light and does seem to be in great nick, save the paint fading on the top tube and a load of chips. The stickers look to cheap and aren't lacquered into the frame in any places however the Columbus SLX tubing sticker is. (The head tube sticker looks as though its been placed on top of an older removed sticker which has even left some residue behind!?)
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The lack of any usual Colnago markings on the seat stay, bottom bracket and other lugs is the clearest indicator. the bottom bracket does however read "EVEREST".
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Checking online i found some lugs for sale at http://www.cycle-frames.com/bicycle-frame-tubing/EVEREST-IND.CO./
But checking the manufacturing company's website seems there is little information of individual parts etc, also the company is based in Taiwan, not Italy or any other part of Europe. The Forks read Hall on the crown and again state there Columbus heritage.
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So these parts i think im aware of, however i would love anyone to get in touch and let me know if this frame is legitimately Columbus. If its reputably any good? (as im looking for a decent steel frame to replace my Vitus 979) Also what ideas would any of the forum users think i could rebuild this bike into?
Im not to bothered that its not a Colnago as beside having a nice light stiff frame and a bucket of parts i can use on other projects i think the asking price is ok.