Interesting/Vintage Stuff: March 2010 Archives

Grandis Special

October 2010 UPDATE:  The Grandis has finally been (sort of) brought back to it's (mostly) Italian glory with a rebuild using late '80s Campy drivetrain and brakes and a somewhat nicer wheelset laced to Shimano 600 hubs.  Here are some photos taken right after a hilly 16 mile test ride where I decided I much prefer 39/53 chainring sets to the 42/53 that I have here.  Whatever the case, it is smooth, fits nicely and I believe will work it's way into my rotation of riders quite nicely.   For now, here are some pictures of how it sits at the moment:

grandis-newbuild-2.jpgBelow is the original post.  Since the frame is the same as below, check out the beautiful construction of this Grandis frame in the photos below....

grandis_driveside_lr.jpg This is the latest museum addition.  This is what i believe is an early 1980s Grandis road bike.  Grandis is an Italian bike maker who only imported to the US in relatively small numbers, apparently during the late '70s and early '80s.  The company is still alive and well, but is no longer importing to the US.  The bike was originally a completely Campagnolo-clad machine built on a highly detailed  (but tastefully done) lugged Columbus steel frame.  Almost all the Campy was gone by the time this fine machine was added.  Currently, it has it's fair share of scratches and general "patina"  - which is fine, but all the components except the seatpost have been replaced some time in the past with a Shimano Exage group.  The upshot is that the bike arrived in the condition shown, with new tires, new bar tape, and mechanically ready to ride.  I hope for this to be a slow, period-correct and tasteful (er, as opposed to some of my other works) restoration to the Italian glory this bike was built for.

grandis_seattube.jpg  grandis_crownfork.jpg

grandis_bottombracket_lugs.jpg grandis_brake_bridge.jpg

grandis_seatboltdetail.jpg grandis_seatlug.jpg

gandis_chainstay_nondriveside.jpg grandis_rear_dropout.jpg

grandis-chainstay_driveside.jpg grandis_campy_seatpost.jpg