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.
Bianchi Super Leggera
Bridgestone Grand-Velo 3100
1986- CrMo double butted steel tubing frame with Shimano Dura-Ace components.
Centurion Super Elite
Eddy Merckx Professional
Fuji Team Fuji
Fuji Titanium Dura Ace
Masi Gran Criterium
Miyata Team Miyata
Miyata Pro Miyata
Motobecane Le Champion
1977 – Reynolds 531 double butted tubing frame with Campagnolo Record components.
Motobecane Grand Record
Panasonic Pro 7000
Peugeot Super Competition CFX10
Peugeot PX 10 E
Peugeot PX 10 LE
Raleigh Competition GS
1974 – Reynolds 531 double butted tubing frame with Campagnolo components.
Schwinn World Voyageur
Specialized Allez Epic
Trek 770 Pro
Trek 959 Pro
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.
6 thoughts on “List of the best vintage road bikes from the 70s and 80s”
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.
I’ll look around for those brands for my next update. Any specific models you would suggest?
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).
I have a bike from the 70’s vintage.. trying to sell it actually.
just had to re-follow you.. not sure why.. hadn’t seen you in awhile ..
What brand is it?