Puch is generally not a brand one would call collectible, highly valuable or even interesting (at least not the ones that were built after WW2 I guess). I however have a sweet spot for them, and I have had quite a few of them in the past – mostly low end models mind you.
However, this one’s quite special.
I have no information of it whatsoever, besides that it’s a Mistral model. It was probably built around 1987-88. I think this might be one of the earliest models manufactured by Bianchi (they took over the brand in 1987).
It’s made out of Reynolds 531 tubing and the whole frame is chromed under the paint. It was once in the posession of a good friend of mine (so it has quite the sentimental value to it). He sold it, and the previous owner built it up with most of the current components, and I added a few finishing touches. It is now rocking a 105SC/1055 groupset, 2×7 speed. Although I couldn’t find any catalogs, I’m pretty sure the original build was a lot different. Most of the components are in an almost mint condition, the drive side crank arm is the only one that really shows its age.
Next to my Marin this is another bike that I don’t ever intend to sell. The pictures don’t do the paint job any justice. It’s a gorgeous dark gray shade with some amazing blue sparkle inside. Looks astonishing in the sunshine.
|Component||Brand & Model|
|Seat Tube||55 cm C-T|
|Top Tube||53.5 cm C-C|
|Headset||Shimano 105 HP-1050|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano 105 RD-1055|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 105 FD-1055|
|Crankset||Shimano 105 FC-1055|
|Pedals||Shimano 105 PD-1050|
|Shifters||Shimano 105 SL-1055|
|Brakes||Shimano 105 BR-1055|
|Brake Levers||Shimano 105 BL-1055|
|Wheels||Shimano 105 & Mavic MA2|
|Cassette||Shimano Hyperglide 7s|
|Tyres||Pirelli P Zero 700x26C|
|Handlebars||Cinelli (old logo)|
|Stem||Cinelli 1E (100 mm)|