I'm looking into buying a vintage frame and putting a modern groupset on it. I came across the below Pinarello Catena Lusso frame:
https://www.2dehands.be/fietsen/fietson ... 81675.html
From what I can tell, the decals are not (period) correct for the frame. I would like to know exactly what year it is but so far I've not been able to figure it out. In the ad the guy is saying early 1980's.
Can someone tell me what a frame like this is worth? Is 250 euro a reasonable price (it seems like it is)?
And should I buy it, would it be possible to put a modern groupset on it? I'm aware that the rear track might be too small. Current standard is 130mm, from what I read here on the forum bikes from this period might be 120/126mm... Not sure if it's possible to modify this and if so, if it would be worth on on this frame.
From my research I would have been pretty sure this would have 126 mm spacing. Meaning a modern wheel will go in, followed by a check on the straightness of the hanger. OP can always ask the seller.
I'd disagree on the old/new thing. I think it can look OK. A high end group would be overkill on that, if you can find an alloy Veloce group it would look fine. Like this http://www.highonbikes.com/campagnolo-veloce-10-speed-road-bike-groupset-silver.html
How many drivers does a buggy have?
So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
I don't think modern groupsets look bad on vintage frames, I think the Veloce-group mentioned would look great.
But I was also thinking of deep section wheels, like below:
But I think it might not be worth it to put that kind of money in an entry-level frame. Even Farsports wheels will set me back like 600 euro, which will be overkill for this frame I believe. I will keep my eye out for a more special frame.
Thanks for the response!
I rescued the frame for £50 and spent £300 having her professionally repaired, repainted, regraphiced, etc. A fraction of what it would have cost to have a custom frame built for me. The frame is the standout component at 1.590KG for a frame that is 61cm c-t, and 54.5cm c-c with a 17cm headtube - yes, I am tall with disproportionately long legs vs torso.
I'll try to post a picture over the weekend.
In short, don't be afraid of retro steel (at least it can be repaired to near new if there is a problem), and considerate use of modern tech can make an old frame into a thoroughly contemporary ride.
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