The above picture was in the original listing, and here’s how the original Nautilus looked..
(pictures courtesy of steelvintage.com)
here’s the original spec
A jewel of a bike, entirely TIG welded to enhance the qualities of the Columbus Nemo frameset ( as light as titanium, but as strong as steel, with a zone butled system for a total frame weight of 1,350g).No detail has been left, reinforced head tube, cast seatlug and dropouts. The componets are strictly Campagnolo Record with Shamal wheels.Colour:Nautilus Copper Soft Touch.”
more at cyclingnews.com
This yellow one is currently for sale
the one I have in a better light…
Well, I saw this looking lost and unloved ,
hand made, tig welded, Columbus Thron, and Cinelli..circa ’95-’96
here’s the original factory spec, courtesy of cyclingnews.com
“STRATOCASTER Racing geometry with Green Line Custom sprung forks, and “full optional” components of the type usually used on bikes in a higher bracket, (Columbus Thron tubes, Shimano STX groupset with Grip Shift gearshifters, 3T Extreme bars, 3T Procrome stem, Bontrager saddle, Tom Ritchey tyres), make it light, the lightest in its category. The handmade TIG welded frame is painted with the multilayer Hardmat process, and it is also available with an unsprung fork with Columbus Thron forkblades. Geometry (18″ size): seat angle 73=B0, head angle 70=B030′, chain stay length 423mm, rake 43mm. Colour: Saffron Hard Touch, Violet Blue Hard Touch.”
so I set out with my bag of parts to the rescue..
I decided to lose the stem, and the bars will be used on another build,
the paint is ‘Hard Touch’, a textured and very robust finish,
but the forks were quite corroded..
so I cleaned them up somewhat. but will have to dismantle to get inside and see how bad the decay is, and get the spring back in them.
Came with factory spec Shimano 3×7 speed STX group, original Ritchey tires, and great FIR mtb rims…
and an original Cinelli seatpost clamp..
As it is, it’s a fast mtb, I’ve been flying on it, and it’s my current winter beater.
There are a number of paint çhips, although not deep enough really to affeect the textured finish, so I hope to be able to source the correct colour somehow, and just touch up, or possibly air brush,
I’ve been riding old/vintage Milanese roadbikes for quite a while, before it got fashionable, and now that rare Italian steel bikes have become more popular, I’ll keep them off the salty winter roads.
(well, that’s how I justify it)
I’m using Ritchey Comp stem and bars, Ritchey Comp saddle and when I manage to dislodge the seatpost, a Ritchey one.
This appeared recently for sale on a certain online auction site….
seems to be in full Team Buckler spec, decor and Suntour Superbe pro components
nice detailing on the frame like seat stay cut outs,
and , unusual v/heart shaped lugg cut outs in place of the four leafed clover
a nice piece, perhaps the winning bidder should buy my Team Buckler Master for matchy-matchy Sunday/Cafe tours….
Rare Paletti Sport frameset
Constucted from Oria Special TT 109 steel
Itm/Paletti Pantographed stem,and ITM bars
full listing here
56 cm center to top seat tube
53 cm top tube
full listing here
Sotheby’s recently held the RED auction,
and one of the lots was this Antonio Colombo signed Cinell Laser pista,
estimated to raise $15-20, 000 …….
the lot sold for $47, 500!!!!!!
Well, after rolling mountains and walking amongst the clouds in Italy, here’s how it can be riding at this time of year in flat, windy Holland….
(my sincerest apologies in advance for the soundtrack)