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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 6:02 pm 
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Hello,

Some time ago, i bought a small carbon-framed (lugged construction) road bicycle for my girlfriend and i'm curios which model/manufacturer it is.
I know a little about empella marque, but they don't list anything resembling that frame on their site.
When i researching further i discovered, that they (empella) offer rebuild/repaint of any bike as a service, so i think this will be that case, anyone has a clue what's the frame origin ?

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 7:17 pm 
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It matters where you are in the world. Did you not think to state this in your profile? Whrere are Empella based?

If you are in the UK ... a repainted Trigon?


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:37 pm 
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Looks like a Time to me. Is the top tube profiled in any way?

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 9:41 pm 
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It's got an inflated section through the middle of the down tube, don't think that was ever a feature of Time frames? It's a weird feature to be sure.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:36 pm 
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It almost looks like a 20006/07 Bianchi 928 lugged carbon frame.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:03 am 
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+1 for 928. Like this
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Check the detail on head tube and the cavity on chainstay (i cant see in the pic). The fork seems changed.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 3:29 am 
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If it is indeed the Lugged 928 they are a well made and great riding frame. I have a 07 in a 56cm and it is a great ride. Very comfortable for longer rides and not so stiff that it beats you up.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 11:22 am 
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Thank you very much guys ! It indeed looks very much like an lugged bianchi 928, lug and tube shapes looks identical, the only differences seems to be no cavities in chainstays (but they are shaped identically) and no detail/recession on front of the headtube.
I wonder if that could be some pre-production bianchi prototype (without details), which somehow ended in the hands of Empella (Dutch company) employee and he finished it with paint and and color scheme he was familiar with ?
I guess i will never now, but nevertheless, it's a very nice frame to ride (i've ridden it only once, because it's bit too small for my size), my girlfriend loves it, and that's what really matters :D .


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 10:43 pm 
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The tubes look like they're the Dedacci carbon frame kit tubes that were sold to frame builders a few years ago.


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