1978-79 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 down tube lettering changed in 1980), 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.

The metallic, peacock blue color is characteristic of the mid to late 70’s paint schemes that offered customers and option to the Legnano ‘lizard yellow’ livery that had defined the brand for decades. Keep in mind that the colours of 70’s pop culture were influencing everything from Porsche 911’s to Gucci handbags. The original finish shows some wear in places but not enough to warrant a respray in my opinion.

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Through the 50’s, 60’s and much of the 70’s we have known the top Legnano road bikes as either the Tipo Roma, Roma Olimpiade or Gran Premio models. Bozzi Spa began to rebrand the Roma Olimpiade as the Roma Olimpiade Specialissima, or just the Olimpiade Specialissima, in the early 70’s. At some point in the mid to late 70’s they also transitioned the name of their second tier road bike from the Gran Premio to the Competizione.

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Here is a blueprint of the bike:

Model:   Competizione
Year:   1978-1979
Serial No:  na
Frame Size:  54cm (ctc)
Tubing:  Falck Precisione
Paint & Decals: Original
Dropouts:  Campagnolo NR Short ‘Portacatena’
Crankset:  Campagnolo Record 1049 (42/52) 144 b.c. 170mm
Bottom Bracket:  Ofmega
Pedals:  Campagnolo Record 1037
Toe Clips:  Campagnolo NR Steel
Toe Straps: Christophe (new)
Front Derailleur:  Campagnolo Record 1052
Rear Derailleur:  Campagnolo Nuovo Record 1020 Pat ’73
Shifters:  Campagnolo Record 1014
Freewheel:  Regina Extra
Chain: Regina Extra
Hubs: Campagnolo Record 1034 LF 36H
Rims:  Fiamme Red tubular 36 hole w eyelets (nos)
Handlebars: Ambrosio – Campione del Mondo
Handlebar Stem:
  Ambrosio
Handlebar Tape:  Ambrosio
Headset:  Ofmega engraved Legnano
Brakeset:  Universal Mod. Super68 sidepull
Seatpost: Gipiemme G.P. (26.2mm OD)
Seat:  Unbranded (Unicantor style)

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