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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:49 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:21 pm
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Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Hi - longtime guest, first time poster....
I am planning on going to look at this bike in the next day or so - and thought there might be someone here that has some knowledge about this bike. The person selling it does not seem to have much bike knowledge (it is part of an estate auction/sale) - so I want to go see it with some prior info.

I am mainly interested in knowledge about the frame which is a Carrera titanium with carbon forks/rear triangle which seems to me to be from maybe early to mid 90s (yeah not that retro..) Can anyone identify the model - or know any issues with this bike frame? I dont know anything about the components on the bike - but assume it is a campy group (centaur) from say mid 90s - but any guess on that are welcome even though I am trying to find out about the frame.

I have read what I can about Carrera online - and know it is a well regarded manufacturer - but you never know if a relatively young company had some frame issues in the early days.

Sorry I dont have more photos

Thanks for any help!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:42 pm 
Gold Trader
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Location: Odense, Denmark
Going by the Shimano parts it's late 90s. Probably 98 or 99.

Ergos are latest 97 or so.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:54 pm 
Retro Guru

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I would date it late 90s too - the fact that it still has threaded 1" forks is an indication - any later and it would have been threadless. Likewise, the carbon rear end wasn't really developed before then either - certainly not an 80s innovation.

Carrera go back to the 80s, formed by Davide Boifava who took the name from their first team sponsors, Carrera Jeans. I expect that Carerra didn't actually fabricate in titanium, but would have outsourced to a local specialist - much like most Italian 'brands'

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:21 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:21 pm
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Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Thanks for some guidance!

I bought the carrera last night - it has a mix of Shimano and Campagnolo. Ultegra cranks/fron derailler, and the rest is a combination of Centaur and Chorus. I have some cleaning up to do on the bike - but the frame is in great condition. It is set up with 8 speed + 3 at the crank.

and also have been in contact with the distributor to confirm the year, so see if they can help me with more specifics.

The guy I bought from is selling it on behalf of someone else and has a bunch of wheels and parts that I will have to go and check out. Maybe he has a campy bottombracket/cranks to match and some other wheels. Also had a Carrera tempo (crono) for sale without wheels... and a miyata team titanium, but was looking for a little more than I think it was worth.

All in all - very happy with the bike - and thanks again. Always nice to have some info when looking at something new.

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