1979 Competizione

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This late 70’s Legnano is the Competizione model. I am dating it to 1978-79 based on the format of the original decals, the style of the Falck tubing decal, the Legnano branded Ofmega headset and the short format Nuovo Record rear dropouts that are predrilled for the ‘portacatena’ chain holder that was introduced by Campagnolo at the year end show of 1977. This is also the newest Legnano in my collection. The metallic, peacock blue color is characteristic of the mid to late 70’s paint schemes that offered customers options to the Legnano ‘lizard yellow’ livery that had defined the brand for decades. Keep in mind however that the colors of 70’s pop culture were influencing everything from Porsche 911’s to Gucci handbags through these years.

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Through the 50’s, 60’s and much of the 70’s we have also known the top Legnano road bikes as either the Roma, Roma Olimpiade or Gran Premio models. This Mod. Competizione is a departure from that model naming heritage however it is fabricated from the Falck brand tubing that was used for the majority of Legnano production.  It is worth noting that this frame is almost 400g/.9lbs heavier than the 1958 Roma Olimpiade frame on this site that is also built from Falck tubing and the 1970 Roma Olimpiade frame (58cm) on this site that was produced in Reynolds 531 tubing.  As with Reynolds and Columbus, Falck must have been producing tubing of different gage, type and weight.

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Here is a blueprint of the bike as it was received from the previous owner in France:

Model: Competizione
Year: 1978-79
Color: Metallic Peacock Blue
Serial No: None
Frame Size: 54cm ctc
Tubing: Falck
Dropouts: Campagnolo Nuovo Record Short predrilled for Portacatena
Headset: Ofmega for Legnano (embossed)
Bottom Bracket: Ofmega
Frame Only Weight: 3200g or 7.05lbs (no headset or bb)

And here is the finished build:

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