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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 1:40 pm 
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Here is the latest addition to the fleet on the road side, what I believe to be an early 90s Pinarello Gavia made from Columbus TSX tubing (if anyone can confirm date and model that’d be great ;-) ). TSX is like SLX but ‘one louder’, from memory the difference is the splined internal butting stretches the entire length of the tube thus making for a 20g per frame saving.

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Pinarello Gavia

The bike was bought from Dapanico in Italy (arrived in super quick time, thanks!) It was sold to me as a slightly tired looking Treviso as can be seen in the pics. Took a bit of a punt on it but I think it’s paid off.

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As sold with incorrect decals

This is very much an initial build with what I had around in order to put a few miles on the frame before deciding on its ultimate future. As can be seen the paint isn’t in too bad a shape, sadly the decals have peeled from under the lacquer which might be hard to effectively remedy without a spray. Also the fork chrome is quite patchy in places.

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Fork and headset detail


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Pinarello Treviso

Groupset wise I have committed the ultimate sin – newer shimano 7700 series dura ace with STIs on an older Italian frame. I feel a bit dirty having done this but judge me as you will ;-) That said it all works spot on and I’ve not got the resources to be tracking down a full C-Record/Record gruppo just now.

The remaining components feature hope hubs onto cxp33, pro race 2 tyres, grammo stem and eubios bars. Have a nice looking panto’d 1R stem which would look good but is missing parts.

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Grammo stem and ergonomic eubios bars


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Distinctive Gavia seatstay cluster

Not had chance to properly ride it yet, will report back when I’ve done a few miles. After which point I'll stick some bar tape on.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:30 am 
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John wrote:
This is very much an initial build with what I had around in order to put a few miles on the frame before deciding on its ultimate future.


A really tidy looking frame and forks but why not have just stuck with the Dura Ace 8 speed it came with?

John wrote:
Groupset wise I have committed the ultimate sin – newer shimano 7700 series dura ace with STIs on an older Italian frame. I feel a bit dirty having done this but judge me as you will ;-) That said it all works spot on and I’ve not got the resources to be tracking down a full C-Record/Record gruppo just now.


Ultimate sin indeed, grubby boy :twisted: - consider yourself judged and found wanting!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:54 pm 
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ededwards wrote:
John wrote:
This is very much an initial build with what I had around in order to put a few miles on the frame before deciding on its ultimate future.


A really tidy looking frame and forks but why not have just stuck with the Dura Ace 8 speed it came with?


Good point, I perhaps should've. Had vaguely planned to move it on, you never know I may still do so :wink:


ededwards wrote:
John wrote:
Groupset wise I have committed the ultimate sin – newer shimano 7700 series dura ace with STIs on an older Italian frame. I feel a bit dirty having done this but judge me as you will ;-) That said it all works spot on and I’ve not got the resources to be tracking down a full C-Record/Record gruppo just now.


Ultimate sin indeed, grubby boy :twisted: - consider yourself judged and found wanting!


Had you asked me a few weeks back what my thoughts were on the 'Big S' on anything European I'd have said in the whole it was wrong. Recently seen a few nice builds with shimano on Italian and other Euro frames (inc your Merckx) which has changed my opinion somewhat. Sooner see a colnago (or whatever) with a clean DA gruppo rather than a mishmashed campag one....


New pics done too :P


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Very nice John - looks very tidy :)

hope to see you out on it soon ;)


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richardf wrote:
Very nice John - looks very tidy :)

hope to see you out on it soon ;)


Rich. Cheers.

I very much doubt I'll be out on a Sunday on this anytime soon, I need every advantage I can :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:49 pm 
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John wrote:
ededwards wrote:
John wrote:
Groupset wise I have committed the ultimate sin – newer shimano 7700 series dura ace with STIs on an older Italian frame. I feel a bit dirty having done this but judge me as you will ;-) That said it all works spot on and I’ve not got the resources to be tracking down a full C-Record/Record gruppo just now.


Ultimate sin indeed, grubby boy :twisted: - consider yourself judged and found wanting!


Had you asked me a few weeks back what my thoughts were on the 'Big S' on anything European I'd have said in the whole it was wrong. Recently seen a few nice builds with shimano on Italian and other Euro frames (inc your Merckx) which has changed my opinion somewhat. Sooner see a colnago (or whatever) with a clean DA gruppo rather than a mishmashed campag one....


Fair point regarding Shimano on European frames although I'd say that Dura Ace 7400 era or earlier is as far as I'd go (as a sideline, would a Suntour Superbe Pro groupset 'fit' on a European frame as I've always thought it a very classy looking groupset).

And further good point re. groupset v mishmash. However I'd view the latter as carefully selecting the parts from whatever source to be most effective - down with groupset tyranny and the facism of compatability I say. An alternative view would be that I'm too mean/impatient to source complete groupsets.

Shoddy attempt at banter aside, the new photos do highlight a really handsome frame that, regardless of components, needs to be ridden and enjoyed. Top score I'd say.


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Interesting

They do grab my attention recently, but honestly I do not know very much of Pinarello, except for they raced with many champions to victory. How does it ride? Should I be looking for one and if so, why?


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ededwards wrote:
Fair point regarding Shimano on European frames although I'd say that Dura Ace 7400 era or earlier is as far as I'd go (as a sideline, would a Suntour Superbe Pro groupset 'fit' on a European frame as I've always thought it a very classy looking groupset).

And further good point re. groupset v mishmash. However I'd view the latter as carefully selecting the parts from whatever source to be most effective - down with groupset tyranny and the facism of compatability I say. An alternative view would be that I'm too mean/impatient to source complete groupsets.

Shoddy attempt at banter aside, the new photos do highlight a really handsome frame that, regardless of components, needs to be ridden and enjoyed. Top score I'd say.



I can see both points of view regarding gruppos. Personally on a road bike I like it to match - neater that way. Obvious exception is nuovo/super record.

Thanks for props on the frame 8)


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Elev12k wrote:
Interesting

They do grab my attention recently, but honestly I do not know very much of Pinarello, except for they raced with many champions to victory. How does it ride? Should I be looking for one and if so, why?


The pedigree is there for sure, the frame is nicely put together with some great details you'd expect from a top end Italian road frame.

Initial impressions are good. It rides much like the merckx which is a good thing - angles and tube sets are similar. Will put some miles on it and report back properly 8)

Should you get one? Probably.


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