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    1999 Bianchi Team Replica

    Hows it going?Looking at a 1999 Reparto Corse Bianchi team Replica. Anybody know anything about this frame set? I found what I believe to be a decent deal, but being an older frame there is not a whole lot of information. It is built up with stock carbon fork, full ultegra, mavic pro's and in the $700 range. Thanks for any info or opinions.

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    Back in 2000, I test rode one.

    It had Campy Nine Speed Record on it and assorted Marco Pantani tchachkes. I. Martin Imports in LA wanted a lot for it - $4500 or so.. It was very quick handling and responded great to the pedal, but it also rode quite roughly. It was an all-out race bike. . Hope this helps.
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    I know what bike your talking about, they were light for back in 2000 but the frames rode rather harsh, it's definilty a race bike before race bikes became fast AND comfy, but if your not worried $700 will probably net you a sweet ride, just depends on the condition.

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    Thanks Mapei. Can't believe I managed to hear from someone who actually rode one new. Sometimes the internet can be a wonderful place. I was a bit surprized to see shimano on it, I'm waiting on an answer about whether it is '99 vintage or if it has been replaced more recently. I know the headset has been replaced with a Chris King and he states the weight as under 18lbs. Also your riding impressions are pretty much exactly what I assumed, stiff, fast, and unforgiving of erroneous input. Thanks again.

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    I see roadboy is in for another fast and harsh vote. I like fast, fast is good. Harsh...well Like BMX bike with a plastic seat harsh? Because I can live with that. Basically I grew up BMX, went mountain bike mid 20's, screwed a foot up pretty good (non-biking) and just can't take crashes like I used to. Never ridden a real road bike and I'm looking for something cheap, fast, unique and fun.

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    The 99 model had pretty much round tubes. The 2000 (and later) had the large megapro downtube and almost squared off toptube. I never road the '99 but the had a 2000 and 2001 and neither of those were harsh (to me). I though both road very smooth and did several centuries on each.

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    I rode one for a summer a few years ago. It was a sweet ride. Fast and refined. Not as harsh as cannondales of that day, I recall that they also size up kinda wierd. At that time, bianchi had their own wheels, which were awesome, light, stiff and durable.
    Bottom line, is that's a great first road bike.

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