zephy wrote:Hi there,
is there an easy way to identify the type (Tange etc) of frame on a Ricardo bike? picked up a sorry looking Ricardo Nouvo today and wondered about it.... serial # looks to be L4T130C.... chain rings are selecta 1, suntour shifters on down tube, charger(?) RD, shimano FD.... unfortunately no rear wheel... ACE head stem... naked frame weighs 2.1kg.... cheers!
Mmm.. I have one and it's Tange 2... higher in the range of their tubing. If you scroll back through this thread, there is picture of similar ones, again Tange 2. I have only seen the Nuovos in this same livery as yours and the others, so don't really know if the model was offered for more than a couple of years. But from what I can gather, it was their top offering around the time. 1988 (+/- 1 mebbe 2)
Weight of the bare frame (sans fork & headset) is a good indicator of quality.
Mine was missing brake calipers when I picked it up, but otherwise pretty original period Shimano 105, as per one or two others mentioned here. Someone else says theirs was Shimano 600 from new.
I'm not as au fait with the Suntour range.... and how much is original on yours.. hard to say. But at the very least, if it was picked up for nix... You're laughin!