1979 Competizione Restored


Only the frame, headset and bottom bracket came to me from the previous owner of this Legnano Competizione. Sporting only three white bands on the seat tube, this model was probably positioned by Legnano as a ‘club racer’ in 1979, a step down from the Legnano Specialissima which was the top model of the day. A little like the positioning of the Roma and the Gran Premio that preceded these model designations. It is hard to know exactly what parts where originally fitted to this bike however my best guess is that it was a mix of Ofmega, Universal and Campagnolo were used to keep the price attractive.

In the end I decided to keep it essentially correct to the period and make use of the part bins as well as kicking it up a little here and there. And so the drive train and rolling bits are all Campagnolo NR, typical of a classic 70’s Italian road bike and a ride that never lets you down. If you couldn’t afford Campy brakes in the 70’s and you refused to get on the Japanese bandwagon, Universal 68’s were the popular alternative and the 68’s would also keep this Legnano’s Italian heritage in tact.

Here is a blueprint of the rebuilt bike:

Model:   Competizione
Year:   1979
Serial No:  none
Frame Size:  54cm (ctc)
Tubing:  Falck
Dropouts:  Campagnolo NR Short ‘Portacatena’
Crankset:  Campagnolo Record (42/52) 144 b.c. 170mm
Bottom Bracket:  Ofmega
Pedals:  Campagnolo Record 1037
Toe Clips:  Campagnolo NR Steel
Toe Straps: Christophe
Front Derailleur:  Campagnolo Record 1052
Rear Derailleur:  Campagnolo Nuovo Record Pat ’73
Shifters:  Campagnolo Record 1014
Freewheel:  Regina Extra
Chain: Regina Extra
Hubs: Campagnolo Record LF 36H
Rims:  Fiamme Red tubular 36 hole w eyelets
Handlebars: Ambrosio – Campione del Mondo
Handlebar Stem:
Handlebar Tape:  Ambrosio
Headset:  Ofmega engraved Legnano
Brakeset:  Universal Mod. Super68 sidepull
Seatpost: Gipiemme G.P. (26.2mm OD)
Seat:  na