OK. Here we go with more pics/info: )
Pictured at various stages here. The red tyres I decided were a step too far. This machine doesn't need bling ... And the Leotard pedals are temporary....
I particularly like the aero forks. They didn't look strong enough to me at the crown, but they are stiff as.... The chain stays are 36mm high at the BB! For a hill climber you wont find stiffer than this in steel. The top tube is 0.4mm at its thinnest.... Check this link for Columbus Max tubing details:http://www.columbustubi.com/eng/4_4_9.htm
More details here:http://www.ceeway.com/Max.htm
Simoncini at this time coated all their frames with nickel plate before painting. The original paint was just amazing with marbled red paint..... But it was 'tired' when I got it and needed some TLC.
This was my first Italian machine and what a way to start!? I had no idea when it arrived: ) Knew nothing about Simoncini, or even Columbus tubing, (Reynolds 531 etc. was my main experience of vintage lightweights previously) but I'm now a convert. Was an proper education!
This is a 53cm frame and much too small for me, but I was just fascinated by the sophisticated tubing. The closer you look at the detail of it, the more impressive it is. This was a serious competition frame in its day.
A proper classic machine IMHO.