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BOTTECCHIA SL
This Bottecchia is noteworthy for two things in particular, its craftsmanship (surprisingly) and its condition. This bike was made with Columbus SL tubes and with great care. It measures 57cm by 57cm, center to center, the rear spacing is 126mm. I bought it from the original owner that had ridden it less than 100km... about 25 years ago! What you have here is a time capsule with everything original from the Clement tubular tires to the CicloLinea bartape, circa 1986.




































Though the photos speak for themselves, I'd like to add a few comments. Bottecchia made lots of bikes, and lots of them were mediocre. I have never seen one this nice with this much attention to detail, like the seat tube/stay area, the drop outs or the thinned, perfectly brazed lugs. It leads me to believe that this model which celebrates Argentin's 1986 World Championship was subcontracted to an outstanding terzista (I've seen some Bermas with details like this, so it's quite possible that they made it).

There are three little chips marks in the paint, touched up (one is by the shift levers, seen in photo number 4). The gum hoods are perfect. The tires are practically new - though I replace them if this isn't a show bike. The complete Campagnolo Triomphe gruppo (very under-rated in my opinion) is in excellent working condition with the crank arms date code 22 in square or 1986. The freewheel is a Regina Oro with rare and Eroica friendly 28 tooth cog. The chrome is perfect. The saddle is too. If this were my size, I'd keep it. Enough said.


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