Cinelli Supercorsa vs Cinelli Supercorsa
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    Cinelli Supercorsa vs Cinelli Supercorsa

    I have an opportunity to buy a NOS Cinelli Supercorsa - circa 90s production.

    It will be fabricated from Columbus 'SLX' tubing.

    The other option is a new production, built from the more current 'Neuron' tubeset.

    My question is, is there a benefit in buying the older frameset because of the SLX tubing? I understand the SLX is a thicker wall, and because of that, it would seem more forgiving with the brazing process; vs the Neuron which may be more delicate due to it being slightly thinner.

    Also, was the craftsmanship any better back in the 90s, or has the quality control actually improved since then?

    For the record, both frames are the same price.

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    If you do not mind saying, how much are they?
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    David,

    Both versions are $1,650.00 each.

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    I've got an early 90s SLX bike. Serotta, not cinelli.

    It rides great.

    Figure you really can't go too wrong with either.

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    Yes - I figured either tubeset would be a good deal. I was just wondering if an earlier production year would be superior to a current one.

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    slx had rifling inside... neuron = nivacrom, which I think gives a nicer ride
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    Can you buy both and send one to me? Personnally I would buy the newer one for myself. Got any pics for us. Those frames a very cool and quite expensive.
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    I had a 90's Supercorsa and the paint was very fragile....I don't know if they improved with the current models... Also, some had issue with the chrome flaking off the lugs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hickey
    I had a 90's Supercorsa and the paint was very fragile....I don't know if they improved with the current models... Also, some had issue with the chrome flaking off the lugs
    Realy WOW! For the prices they're asking for those things new, they should be bullet proof. I'm not talking about the OP's 1650 deal, I'm talking the new ones I've seen for $2100.
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    I would probably go for the NOS one simply because they aren't made any more.
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    That was my first inclination as well - a discontinued version would have some sort of value in itself.

    I guess I just didn't want to get caught up in the wrong concern, and realize later the newer version was actually a superior build or something...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voodoochile
    Realy WOW! For the prices they're asking for those things new, they should be bullet proof. I'm not talking about the OP's 1650 deal, I'm talking the new ones I've seen for $2100.
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    From what I've seen (which isn't a lot) the newer Italian lugged steel frames have better paint and finish quality than those of the '90's.

    May be due to the fact that, in 2009, lugged Italian steel is kind of a "boutique" product with limited production aimed at a niche market whereas in previous decades they were just "production."
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    Excellent point, Richard!

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    Given the choice, I opt for the new frame with Neuron tubes and better paint.
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    unless you are doing a period correct build, with Record C or something, get the newer frame I would say

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    $1650??? Just a couple years ago, you could get one from GVH Bikes for less than $900.

    Are we talking just frame, or complete bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicSteel71
    My 09 Colnago master XL chips if you look at it wrong.
    Hmm, my Tommasini has not chipped at all since I got it. The only make it's got is the chip that I made when I knocked it over while taking pics of the frame on the fist day. I really don't know if I could call it a chip though because the paint was still kind of soft since they painted it within about ten days of my receiving it. Time will tell if the paint gets more brittle though. Surprised to hear that about the Colnago though. They should also be bullet proof for their prices.
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    I have one circa 1988 with horizontal dropouts. Tried to post but pic exceeds upload limits and don't know how to resize.

    Unless the older one has horizontal dropouts and you want them, get the Neuron, it will be a lighter frameset than the SL/SLX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midlife_xs's
    Tried to post but pic exceeds upload limits and don't know how to resize.
    You can easily resize photos free on-line at http://www.resize2mail.com/.
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    Have you seen this one on ebay? Cinelli SuperCorsa
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