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I personally think this is one of the most beautiful frames we own. I do see a lot of references from or to other top brands in this frame. For example:
- The rear pad is not exactly centered, exactly like top-of-the-bill Kessels frames (to provide more clearance for the freewheel and chain)
- The tiny hole in the seat lug (early Colnago’s), and the seat stays are nearly identical to Vaneenooghe (top of the line Belgian frame builder, now commonly known as “Jaegher”).
- The chrome is of superb quality as is the air-thin professional paintwork as we know it from the early Merckx Professional frames. You don’t see those paint jobs that often these days
- The frame has been passionately filed to get all details exactly as the maker wanted them to be. The stripes from filing are visible through the micrometer paintwork.
- Built by Mr. Weymans in Mechelen (Belgium)
- Tubing: Reynolds 531
- Frame height / Seat tube length: 59,5cm ct
- Top tube length: 56 ct
- Wheelbase: 98cm cc
- Weight: coming soon
- Year of production: 1973 – 1979 (estimation)
Conclusion: I am totally in love with this one!
Judging by the frame’s specs and the headset that came with it I would estimate the build was built between ’73-’79. The headset spacer was introduced in ’78 but by the end of the 70’s not too many bicycle frame builders were still using these long campagnolo dropouts. We have another frame (Ferdinand Kessels) from 1978 wich has exactly the same charasterictics: metallic paint, seatstay caps, long dropouts, flat fork crown, cablerouting etc. (will be posted soon)
All that’s left to do now is produce a new set of decals and build it!
So here it is!
I was thinking about making it into the ultimate weight weenie bike.. but right now it is still kinda heavy… Clincher rims, a lot of steel parts, overweight steering combo and brakes… It drives great however and that’s what it is all about so I am not considering to take it on a diet yet.
One more thing I would like to change, are the pedals; A pair of TA pedals would fit very nice! And it will get a pair of new decals soon.
- record hubs
- bottom bracket bearings
- bottom bracket (axle and cups)
- pedals (soon)
- water bottle cage
- water bottle (period correct one will be fitted once found)
- the first generation high pressure clincher rims
- professional saddle (NOS)
- the tyres obviously, they are used but with a bit of soap they cleaned up very well
- nos 6speed chain (anodised blue)
- NOS jubilee derailleurset and shifters
- competition brakeset
- record stem
- NOS record handlebars
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