I am not absolutely sure that this frame is a Cinelli. I have compared the
frame building characteristics with several from the mid 50s to the early 7
0s. The side profile of the headtube lug shore does not follow the line o
f any of the Cinellis that I've seen. Its a subtle difference, but it bec
omes very apparent when you study the profiles carefully. The bottom brac
ket bridge is fillet brazed to the stays. I have never seen a Cinelli
with this treatment- the bridge has always been supported. The headbadge l ooks like a repo to my eyes. The forkcrown race lacks a U shape releif fo und on virtually all Cinellis. And finally I see no serial number. I know t hat most Cinellis have serial numbers - I know they make no sense, but
all Cinellis that I have seen have something down there. In the very early
days it was just the frame size, later it was Italian lottery numbers (ha! ). Question-- what is the seatpost diameter?? Yes, Cinelli did make s ome
dogs, I owned one. Its not an issue when you're riding it though.
Regards, David Martinez, Fremont Ca US of A "taking care of my sick son to day".
From: Kurt Sperry <email@example.com> Subject: [CR] Cinelli? To: Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Sunday, February 22, 2009, 5:23 PM
Item number: 150327167727
Any chance at all this is what it purports to be? So many details look wrong: Fork crown, seat cluster, drop-out and fork end brazing, general quality of construction. It says it's a repaint.
Did Cinelli quality ever actually plunge to this dismal level at any time in the '70s? Or any other time?