Waterford 1200, CAAD 5 track

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  • Currently making it's way across the pond to me is a mid-late 90s Waterford 1200. It's lugged 753 with stainless Henry James dropouts and Reynolds Ouzo forks. Apparently it's the 'R' version (for race I'm guessing) as opposed to the RS (endurance) so it should be a bit livelier than my Mercian Audax.


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  • Build will most likely be Ultegra 6800. Wheels and finishing kit are TBC. I don’t get on with compact drops so I need to do some experimenting with different Nitto bars.

  • Continuing the made in the USA theme is a CAAD5 track in team Lampre-Caffita livery.


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  • That beauty was on ebay recently, wasnt it?

    Was about to buy it but unfortunately (or, moneywise, fortunately) it was slightly too big

    Curious to see the result

  • Yep, I made an offer on it.

  • 753! Good find, not many frames made of that around because it was incredibly difficult to work with.

  • Thanks, so I’ve read. I’m looking forward to seeing how it rides - apparently Waterford used to recommend 753 over 853 unless a very strong frame was required.

  • The Waterford has arrived. I'll try and get some pics in daylight but suffice to say that it is very nice. The serial number identifies it as the 84th frame built in January, 1995.

    First job is to source a 27.4mm seatpost. The seller kindly included 2, neither of which are long enough.

  • Wow. Jealous

  • Thanks. I've got a few bits for it on the way. It really needs a pair of Alpina forks.

  • Brakes + cranks arrived for the Cannondale thanks to @Eamesy & @c4shr

    Just waiting on a bottom bracket and chainring bolts to get it rolling.


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  • Nice! Looking forward to seeing it all built up.

  • What kinda wheels are you planning for the caad?

  • Excellent component choice mate, won't disappoint! Bolts in the post for ya. T

  • Phil Wood ISO bolt-on/Open Pro rear, road wheel on the front. I’ve been on the lookout for a low flange Phil front hub for yonks but they never seem to come up.

    @tomsvoboda cheers!

  • Monday night musings - Rotor Agilis cranks and 10 speed Sram?


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