[CR]Re: Columbus SLX introduction date?

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Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 13:54:50 -0700
From: John Jorgensen <designzero@earthlink.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
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Subject: [CR]Re: Columbus SLX introduction date?

Chuck Schmidt wrote-

My '85 Bianchi Centenario (# 00.227) that I'm guessing must have been made very late '84 or very early '85 has the typical Columbus SLX tubing decal. Bianchi's 100th year in business was celebrated as a big deal at the time I remember.

I think that points out an interesting aspect of dating stuff, Significant builders got stuff first, often many months or longer prior to others, First short reach Campagnolo brake calipers I saw were on a DeRosa from 1974, it was a long time till I saw a second set, longer still till the domestic distributors carried them on a normal basis. The OEM buyers of bicycle components were not treated equally, obviously there was a pecking order.

Catalogs help, but often "new" stuff was vaporware or old news when a catalog was printed.

John Jorgensen
Torrance Ca