Monday, March 17, 2014

Bianchi Mega XL 1998 Tour de France Mercatone Uno Team replica

When I did the research for my own Pantani replica I found a lot of discrepancies on the web as to what was correct. I discovered that the reason for this problem is that Pantani's and the Team's bikes changed during the season. In addition Bianchi produced multiple replicas, after Pantani's 1998 Tour de France win, for sale to the public.The original team frames were made of Dedacciai 7000 aluminum tubing but the production replicas were made from Dedacciai SC61.10A tubing.

One of those replicas was a limited edition of 101. Each bike has a decal with the build number out of the edition. They also have a gold plated head badge. Here are some photographs courtesy of Rogerthebikedude of his that is currently for sale on Ebay.

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