Hey there @dadoflamRe:
Great Bike - hang onto it.
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since my last post.
I visited Dario and interviewed him regarding the Banesto bikes
I am now the proud owner of the team bike ridden by Banesto rider JF Bernard in the 1994 TdF which Dario validated and signed. I was also very lucky to get a bike made by Dario just a month before he passed away.
His bikes are great to ride.
HiI'd look for the initial of the rider, the fame number for that rider, and the number of frames made that season for example, but for sure anyone with more expertise can better say. Question is, did Pegoretti build Banesto bikes others than for the riders ?
Definitely a few details which set them apart and a turning point with tdf and steel frames (oh and Dr Ferrari). I’m intrigued that the Oria was just a sponsor gig as is heard that but never the actual tubing - but the paint fade must have been a feature of that set of frames. Yours is in almost identical state of fade. As I’m in Perth we could assemble almost 1/4 of the team bikes at TDU.Brilliant - the 1994 season bikes were the only year with the chrome band where the FD clamps on to my knowledge so yes, definitely fits the bill. Well done.
Brilliant - the 1994 season bikes were the only year with the chrome band where the FD clamps on to my knowledge so yes, definitely fits the bill. Well
Just had a look again but no prefix in front of the 12. Would love to see the Telekom ‘97 thoHi there
Oria were supplying tubes to Pinarello for some of their range. Pinarello painted the frames welded by Dario, and applied the finishing decals - including the Oria tubing ones. Dario's preferred tubing was Excell which was lighter and stiffer.
I have wondered why the team bikes no longer have them.
In the sales write up for one of Indurain's bikes from 1994 the seller indicates that the decals were removed later in the season as Oria's sponsorship had expired. I haven't taken the time to look at late season pics to see if that is the case.
In answer to your question RE graphics fade - you are correct, all team bikes of that era generally have the faded going on. My memory the graphics are an unusual application - not decals.
Thanks for the BB number - out of interest, is there a prefix letter in front of the 12, under the cable?
Edit: Just found this extract from the recent Ebay sale page for one of Indurain's 1994 bikes:
"The Oria Cromovan frame stickers, presented during the Tour, were removed due to sponsorship cutoff.
The mark is still visible on the seat tube"