Re: [CR] Pics of Early 80's Torpado Italia

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Date: Sun, 10 May 2009 02:09:37 -0400
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Subject: Re: [CR] Pics of Early 80's Torpado Italia

Jerry, That's a 1985 or 86 model build, based upon the second set of bottle bosses on the seat tube. Older bikes didn't have it, like my 1984 Superlight. My guess is that the fifth digit in the serial number under your b.b. shell will be either a 5 for 1985, or a 6 for 1986.

Nels, A 1985 Torpado brochure that I have scans of (thanks again to Jeff Archer), lists the following for model Italia:

= = = ITALIA SPECS * Columbus Aelle Tretubi frame * Columbus Aelle fork * Gipiemme dropouts * ITM handlebar and stem * Iscaselle seatpost and saddle * Sachs Huret ECO S derailleurs * Sachs Huret shifters * Regina Corsa 6-sp. 13-23 freewheel * Regina chain * Ofmega Mundial crankset * Ofmega Gran Premio pedals (with chrome moly spindle) * Miche Trofeo headset * Ambrosio rims * Michelin Superelan tires * A.C.I. spokes * Modolo Corsa brakes * Ofmega Mundial small flange hubs

COLORS - (bright) Fuchsia/Metallic Royal Blue WEIGHT - 23.5 lbs SIZING - 49cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, 63cm = = =

However, I had an '86 Italia here, equipped with all Shimano 600 which was very nice.

Ciao, Mark Agree Southfield MI USA ~ ~ ~

Date: Sat, 9 May 2009 19:46:16 -0700 From: Emilio Bozzie <> Subject: Re: [CR] Pics of Early 80's Torpado Italia To: <>, _classicrendezvous@bikelist.org_ (


quite the perty torpado you have there. do you know what was OEM on it? Regards- Nels Cone Seattle WA
> Date: Sat, 9 May 2009 18:39:50 -0700
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> Subject: [CR] Pics of Early 80's Torpado Italia
> Well, my standing as a Francophile is in grave danger, as I am posting pics of yet another Italian racing bike. This time my wife's early 80's pink Torpado Italia:
> The pearl pink was the signature color of this Torpado model. However it was a mid-priced model and the original components were mid-range stuff. The wheels, shift levers and maybe the HS are original, everything else has been upgrade to higher-end stuff. Wheels have perfectly good but not top model alloy QR Ofmega hubs laced to Ambrosio 19 Extra rims. the shifter are retrofriction - I think Ofmega acquired Simplex or at least the right to the Retrofrictions in the 80's. Other bit follow my pattern for an Italian build - almost all Italian, but no Campy. Ofmega, Modolo, Gipiemme, Galli, TTT, Miche, Ambrosio and Selle Turbo are included.
> The bike was built up several years ago, but I just today installed the pink plastic 80's Ofmega RD I recently bought on eBay. Not many bikes that RD would be right on, but it's perfect here.
> BTW, the remnant of the tubing decal indicates Columbus Aelle. This was a good but less expensive tubeset. I've always admired the detail and finish the Italian builders were willing to lavish on a frame made from less than top tubing.
> Regards,
> Jerry Moos
> Big Spring, Texas, USA

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