List of the best vintage road bikes from the 70s and 80s

Last Updated on June 23, 2023 by FAB Jim The Cyclist

Here is a list of some of the very best (most expensive) road bikes that were made during the 70s and 80s.  I’m sticking to the best 2 or 3 models from each brand by time period that were super bikes for the time.  These bikes are all lightweight for their time and use great components from Campagnolo, Shimano, and Suntour.

Bianchi Super Corsa

1981 – Columbus reinforced steel tubing frame with Campagnolo Super Record derailleurs and crank set.

1981 Bianchi Super Corse Catalog Image

Bianchi Super Leggera

Bottecchia Professional

Bridgestone Grand-Velo 3100

1986- CrMo double butted steel tubing frame with Shimano Dura-Ace components.

1986 Bridgestone Grand-Velo 3100

Cannondale SR2000

Centurion Super Elite

Centurion Semi-Pro

Cinelli Supercorsa

Colnago Super

Eddy Merckx Professional

Fuji Professional

Fuji Team Fuji

Fuji Titanium Dura Ace

Lotus Supreme

Masi Gran Criterium

Miyata 912

Miyata Team Miyata

Miyata Pro Miyata

Motobecane Le Champion

1977 – Reynolds 531 double butted tubing frame with Campagnolo Record components.

1977 Motobecane Le Champion

Motobecane Grand Record

Nishiki Carbon

Nishiki Cervino

Nishiki Competition

Nishiki Fusion

Panasonic Pro 7000

Peugeot Super Competition CFX10

Peugeot PX 10 E

Peugeot PX 10 LE

Raleigh Competition GS

Raleigh Professional

Schwinn Paramount

1974 – Reynolds 531 double butted tubing frame with Campagnolo components.

1974 Schwinn Paramount

Schwinn Superior

Schwinn World Voyageur

Specialized Allez

Specialized Allez Epic

Trek 759

Trek 760

Trek 770 Pro

Trek 959 Pro

Trek 5000

Univega Superlight

Zebrakenko Olympic Ace OM-6

I’ll be adding more info and images for each bike. I’m sure I’ve missed a few good ones, so please comment with suggestions.

Published by FAB Jim The Cyclist

Jim has over 40 years of experience with bicycles and loves road and mountain biking and just going for calm cruises. He is a mechanic who has built custom bikes and is also very interested in bike history.

6 thoughts on “List of the best vintage road bikes from the 70s and 80s

  1. What, no Cinellis? No Colnagos? No Masis? Italy in general appears to be lacking in your list. Since the Trek 5000 barely fits your time frame (being introduced in 1989) I’m glad you included their earlier hand-built steel frames (at least one of their frame builders went on to start his own custom frame-building company). You might want to add their first foray into carbon (the 2300/2500). I’d consider the introducers of “exotic” frame materials (Graftek for one of the first production carbon frames, Carbonframes – later Calfee – for the first all-carbon frame, Vitus for an early aluminum frame, Teledyne Titan for an early titanium frame – also Merlin by the mid-80s). Many of the folks who could afford the top of the line in this days bought framesets and had the local bike shop build them up. Several English and Italian frame builders come to mind, plus a few Americans.

      1. Not offhand, as they are high end companies in general (and it’s past my bedtime). Graftek, Carbonframes, Teledyne, and Vitus each started with one model that I recall. Colnago was famous for custom tube shapes in their high end models (they had a cloverleaf shaped tube set).

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