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.
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.
Here is a blueprint of the bike as it was received from the previous owner in France:
Color: Metallic Peacock Blue
Serial No: None
Frame Size: 54cm ctc
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)
1979 Competizione Restored
Only the frame, headset and bottom bracket came to me from the previous owner of this Competizione. So it is hard to know exactly what components where originally fitted to this bike. It could have been a full Campagnolo Nuovo Gran Sport group or a mix of Ofmega, Universal and Campagnolo components. 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.
So the drive train and hubs 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 so I chose 68’s to keep this Legnano’s Italian heritage in tact. The bike is also fitted with a very elegantly designed seat post from Gipiemme and Ambrosio bars and stem.
Here is a blueprint of the rebuilt bike:
Serial No: none
Frame Size: 54cm (ctc)
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: Ambrosio
Handlebar Tape: Ambrosio
Headset: Ofmega engraved Legnano
Brakeset: Universal Mod. Super68 sidepull
Seatpost: Gipiemme G.P. (26.2mm OD)