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Hi all, my first post here :)
I just bought this frame from ebay, the title said "Zullo - steel frame etc." so I was so excited by how it looks - I never saw such a steel frame before - that I didn't notice that the name is only engraved on the fork, but nowhere else on the frame.
I just realized that, and after a thorough inspection, there is only a serial number: 59031
I'm pretty sure this isn't a Zullo, but I'm not that mad, as it wasn't so expensive.
Plus, I'm still amazed how beautifull it is and how nicely built it is, so I would just like to ask if anyone knows what frame this is, what steel it's made of etc.
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That is a beautiful frame! Did you look under the bottom bracket? There may be a clue there.
 

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That is a beautiful frame! Did you look under the bottom bracket? There may be a clue there.
It really is a beauty! It looks to be in great shape as well! You have a bike frame holder on your wall?


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It really is a beauty! It looks to be in great shape as well! You have a bike frame holder on your wall?


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These are the seller's pics. I wish I had the space for that...
 

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These are the seller's pics. I wish I had the space for that...
I suspect that is a Zullo. You can email him, it’s on their website. I’m sure he will know immediately. Tiziano still paints frames.

Fabulous haul! That’s going to be a really fun build!!


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I suspect that is a Zullo. You can email him, it’s on their website. I’m sure he will know immediately. Tiziano still paints frames.

Fabulous haul! That’s going to be a really fun build!!


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It's what I did! :-D
I hope they'll answer.
 

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It probably isn't that old. That company is still around and still makes steel frames. That paint job doesn't look like anything from the 80's, or even the early 90's. Too bad you don't know what the tube set is.
 

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It probably isn't that old. That company is still around and still makes steel frames. That paint job doesn't look like anything from the 80's, or even the early 90's. Too bad you don't know what the tube set is.
That paint job is what makes me think he’s got a real deal.


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Quality 80's frame, regardless. Is the BB threading English or Italian?
Haven't removed the BB, but I suppose it's Italian.
I wrote again to the seller and he swears he bought it in 2009 from a local Zullo reseller as Zullo frame. So if that is true, it's maybe a newer Columbus steel.
 

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It probably isn't that old. That company is still around and still makes steel frames. That paint job doesn't look like anything from the 80's, or even the early 90's. Too bad you don't know what the tube set is.
my thought too
 

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The great man himself answered :) He says it's impossible to remember all the frames he made in 40 years.
But he doesn't exclude the possibility. So I'll never know...
 

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The great man himself answered :) He says it's impossible to remember all the frames he made in 40 years.
But he doesn't exclude the possibility. So I'll never know...
Cool! But I am a little surprised he couldn’t say, maybe I give these high end frame makers godlike abilities more than is realistic.

Anyway, it’s real.



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I'd bet the frame is less than 10 years old. There's a number of Italian bike manufacturers still out there and still making steel bikes (and aluminum and carbon). They will usually do custom geometry and custom paint at no extra cost. They're one-off frames that I think are very cool. My wife bought a Tommasini X-Fire frame over a year ago (Columbus XCR stainless steel tubing). We drove up to PA and the importer (Red Rose Imports) measured her -- it's a custom frame. The hardest part was choosing a paint job. They do this thing called retinado which is the old fashioned looking cross check spider web with faded paint. We're still waiting to buy a Dura Ace 12-speed di group.

That paint job on the Zullo looks like it was something someone ordered.
 

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I'd bet the frame is less than 10 years old. There's a number of Italian bike manufacturers still out there and still making steel bikes (and aluminum and carbon). They will usually do custom geometry and custom paint at no extra cost. They're one-off frames that I think are very cool. My wife bought a Tommasini X-Fire frame over a year ago (Columbus XCR stainless steel tubing). We drove up to PA and the importer (Red Rose Imports) measured her -- it's a custom frame. The hardest part was choosing a paint job. They do this thing called retinado which is the old fashioned looking cross check spider web with faded paint. We're still waiting to buy a Dura Ace 12-speed di group.

That paint job on the Zullo looks like it was something someone ordered.
Is that a cable guide on the downtube or a shifter mount?


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The great man himself answered :) He says it's impossible to remember all the frames he made in 40 years.
But he doesn't exclude the possibility. So I'll never know...
Have you tried to contact the seller that the original owner bought it from? If still in business he may have kept records, or possibly remember the bike.
 

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Those are shifter bosses on the bike in the OP.
Thanks! That’s what I thought. That makes this what? 40 years old?


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I'd bet the frame is less than 10 years old. There's a number of Italian bike manufacturers still out there and still making steel bikes (and aluminum and carbon). They will usually do custom geometry and custom paint at no extra cost. They're one-off frames that I think are very cool. My wife bought a Tommasini X-Fire frame over a year ago (Columbus XCR stainless steel tubing). We drove up to PA and the importer (Red Rose Imports) measured her -- it's a custom frame. The hardest part was choosing a paint job. They do this thing called retinado which is the old fashioned looking cross check spider web with faded paint. We're still waiting to buy a Dura Ace 12-speed di group.

That paint job on the Zullo looks like it was something someone ordered.
Cool Info! I was hoping this was a unique frame :)
 
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