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This Atala was built in 1983 for a bike shop customer, who in the end was unable to pay for the bike. I eventually bought this bike from that bike shop owner some 25 years later.
It needed a few pieces parts, but was in good shape to start... what say you?
 

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Nice bike. Loads of high end parts. But to really understand what you got, we need to see a couple more spots -- the Bottom Bracket and the Tubing Label.
 

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Mapei said:
Nice bike. Loads of high end parts. But to really understand what you got, we need to see a couple more spots -- the Bottom Bracket and the Tubing Label.
Well, the very faded decal on the fork is a columbus decal...the frame however does not have a visable tubing decal...either some yahoo put the bike shop decal over top of it, or who knows what??? The drops and fork ends are both campagnolo, the brake bridge is gipiemme with an embossed "A" and the BB reads 83G1407. any ideas?
 

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Atala, like Bianchi, made bikes all over the spectrum.

That, good son, is one of their best. The lug cutouts, the pantographed "A" on the lug, the chrome seatstay caps (and maybe a whole chrome rear triangle), looks like an original little "Gruppo Record" sticker on the seat tube. Likely Columbus SL (27.2 seatpost?). The fork crown......overall, just wow.

I wouldn't change a thing. Clean and polish it as best you can, get some replacement Columbus tubing decals from Cyclomondo on eBay, and ride the hell out of it.

You can "restore" almost anything, but they're original only once.
 

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That, good son, is one of their best. The lug cutouts, the pantographed "A" on the lug, the chrome seatstay caps (and maybe a whole chrome rear triangle), looks like an original little "Gruppo Record" sticker on the seat tube. Likely Columbus SL (27.2 seatpost?). The fork crown......overall, just wow.

Yes 27.2 post.

So SL would fit the period...just prior to SLX. Are there any other tell tale signs to identify a tubeset of this era?
 

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The bike's a Beauty.
If that sticker at the top of the seat tube is a shop decal I'm willing to bet you're right about the yahoo. Most highly a blue and gold Columbus SL decal is buried under it. Being it was built in '83 it is just about certain that it isn't SLX tubing.
 
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