If there is one notable feature to the vintage lightweight racing bicycle market it is the variability of prices.
Often, that is the result of a lack of market information.
Hence the Shamal can justifiably claim to be the first factory-built aero wheelset.
The recessed spoke nipples were hidden inside the rim.
Between the dropouts of the Gewiss team’s De Rosas, the glinting silver rim became a cutlass with which the Italian team would slice its way to a series of incredible victories in 1994.
OK, everybody now knows that the Italian team’s dominance that year wasn’t just down to its new aerodynamic wheel, but the Campagnolo Shamal was much more than a decoy for the first systematic EPO-doping programme in professional cycling.
The first is to look at it in its entirety and consider its overall appeal. Similarly, a mid 60's production bike with little following might be hard to sell as a bike for more than 0.
In the vintage lightweight market, there are many individuals willing and able to pay perhaps 0 - 0 for a bike.So Campagnolo in 1993 introduced what it called the “forefather of a new generation of wheels aimed at all categories of user”.Campagnolo claimed to be the first cycling manufacturer to use NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) research to create not just a rim profile but an entire wheel whose component parts worked together to penetrate the air more efficiently than anything else available at the time.In such a circumstance, the price it is advertised at may be far below current market levels. If an older bike is well abused but the seller thinks it is a much better bike than it really is, then the price may be way too high.Such a mistake is common with production bikes that were originally expensive but in reality were rather mediocre Prices also vary considerably even when buyers and sellers are well versed in the field. With relatively few buyers and sellers, a market transaction depends upon the perfect alignment of a perhaps reluctant seller and a cautious buyer.If somebody were to call a few people who deal in vintage lightweights, or perhaps ask a VRBN subscriber, then they would have a reasonable amount of market knowledge.Instead, many buyers and sellers enter the market only once - i.e., to sell an older bike they have had for years and are now getting around to selling.Perhaps, as with US Postal between 19, equipment technology and performance-enhancing drugs converged at a point unreachable by other teams.Gewiss had the Campagnolo Shamal; US Postal had the Trek Madone and Equinox plus custom Giro helmets for its leader. Michele Ferrari back in court over fresh doping claims Before the Shamal, aerodynamic wheels were solely for time trialling.To the wealthy buyer, it is not a question of is it ,000 or ,000, but often is it the right color and size!As a consequence, it may be possible to sell a brown bike to a collector seeking that specific color for ,000 while a comparable blue example will be of no interest.