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 Post subject: Simoncini Lo-Pro TT
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:35 pm 
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My latest project, a Simoncini Lo-Pro TT.

Picked it up from my friend this afternoon - a donation to get me started Time Trialling this year. Some fabulous looking kit on it, although I know next to nothing about the brand or history of this particular bike at the moment. Any info gratefully received!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:04 pm 
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That is a gorgeous frame!


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 Post subject: Simonici
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:30 pm 
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Simonici is a small Italian builder producing bikes mainly to individual customer specifications in Gambassi Terme near Empoli. In recent years they have added mountain bikes and Stainless Steel frames to thier range.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:25 pm 
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Is it 700c front and rear?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:45 pm 
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Hunterlar wrote:
Is it 700c front and rear?


650c front, 700c rear....should be an "interesting" ride :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:46 pm 
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If you ever sell the 650c, I need one!


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 Post subject: Re: Simonici
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:50 pm 
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cotterpin wrote:
Simonici is a small Italian builder producing bikes mainly to individual customer specifications in Gambassi Terme near Empoli. In recent years they have added mountain bikes and Stainless Steel frames to thier range.


Many thanks for the info. The lack of Google returned matches makes me think this could be a bit of a one-off. Should raise a few eyebrows at the next club TT!

A (probably daft) question if I may: I need to get hold of a Campagnolo Braze-on style front mech to match this groupset. All I know is that it's an 8-speed cassette, does this limit me to looking for an 8-speed compatible front mech, or can I go lower or higher than 8?

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 Post subject: Re: Simonici
PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:19 am 
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oxo wrote:
cotterpin wrote:
Simonici is a small Italian builder producing bikes mainly to individual customer specifications in Gambassi Terme near Empoli. In recent years they have added mountain bikes and Stainless Steel frames to thier range.


Many thanks for the info. The lack of Google returned matches makes me think this could be a bit of a one-off. Should raise a few eyebrows at the next club TT!

A (probably daft) question if I may: I need to get hold of a Campagnolo Braze-on style front mech to match this groupset. All I know is that it's an 8-speed cassette, does this limit me to looking for an 8-speed compatible front mech, or can I go lower or higher than 8?

Thanks


I've used both lower and higher with no problems. Going higher means a slightly narrower cage so you have to trim the front mech a bit more often as you roam up and down the sprockets. Higher will be a better match visually for you.

Mark.


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 Post subject: Re: Simonici
PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:37 pm 
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daccordimark wrote:
oxo wrote:
cotterpin wrote:
Simonici is a small Italian builder producing bikes mainly to individual customer specifications in Gambassi Terme near Empoli. In recent years they have added mountain bikes and Stainless Steel frames to thier range.


Many thanks for the info. The lack of Google returned matches makes me think this could be a bit of a one-off. Should raise a few eyebrows at the next club TT!

A (probably daft) question if I may: I need to get hold of a Campagnolo Braze-on style front mech to match this groupset. All I know is that it's an 8-speed cassette, does this limit me to looking for an 8-speed compatible front mech, or can I go lower or higher than 8?

Thanks


I've used both lower and higher with no problems. Going higher means a slightly narrower cage so you have to trim the front mech a bit more often as you roam up and down the sprockets. Higher will be a better match visually for you.

Mark.


Brilliant, thanks for the info Mark. I've been in touch with the guy who built in in the '90's - he seems to recall that it's an early Chorus 8-speed groupset, but that's great news if a later changer will work.


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 Post subject: Re: Simonici
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:20 pm 
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cotterpin wrote:
Simonici is a small Italian builder producing bikes mainly to individual customer specifications in Gambassi Terme near Empoli. In recent years they have added mountain bikes and Stainless Steel frames to their range.


I was on a family holiday in Tuscany a decade or so ago & my brother-in-law suggested we find a place to hire bikes. The owner of the villa put us in contact with his only cycling contact, which lo & behold was the Simoncini workshop. Unfortunately, my pidgin Italian couldn't get across that my main interest of cycling was TTing. From the style of TT bike I'm guessing this frame originated from a similar time to my visit. Could honestly have spent hours though in their small industrial unit looking at all the different parts of the process. They were situated on the back road from Gambassi Terme to Varna.


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