Lots of interest in Vintage this week. This was the 2nd query from a collector. I was especially interested that he would lump Marinoni (a Canadian brand out of Montreal) with Colnago and Pinarello. And I give my 2cents on that at the tail end.
Hi. I may be interested in the tommasini. Is it colombus tubing? And how would you rate this against a pinarello, colnago or a marinoni?
Any info on this tommasini is appreciated. Thank you.
But good eye to spot the Tommasini. She's a beaut.
There is a terrific book "Italian Racing Bicycles" by Guido Rubino.
as you can see from the attached (let me know if they are not legible and I will resend), Tommasini is one of the 40 classic Italian brands featured.
I though would rate Tommasini in the top 10 along with PInarello and Colnago (and De Rosa and Rossin and Basso.....)
Tubing here is Columbus SL, probably ranked as The Best Columbus tubing. Considered better than SLX by many aficionados.
Marinoni makes some very good bikes, but I would not put them in the same class as Pinarello or Colnago or Tommasini.
Put it this way, you see Marinonis locked up on the street to signposts around town. You would never see a Tommasini locked on the street. Too precious. In fact you rarely see a Tommasini anywhere. Colnagos have become so popular, well known and ubiquitous that they are becoming a bit common. Not so Tommasinis.
Furthermore, outside of Canada, almost no one has really heard of Marinoni. That doesn't diminish the value of their best stuff. It's just a fact that there is much lower resale and almost zero collector interest.