I bought this off BTR88 a while back and have had little opportunity to use it because of illness or general hassle in moving from UK to Germany and now back, so after almost selling it several times to pay for such luxuries as rent and food but backing off, I'm finally going to force myself to re-release into the wild as I need to get another deposit for a flat together.
Condition is unchanged from the original ad:
If my research is correct this has some forum history, having been
owned by @gav, @Harry.Major and @fourforty, whom I bought it off.
It was originally a TT frame (rear dropout width 126mm) with Zeus
track dropouts which had a cable hanger attached but a previous owner
must have filed it off. It is drilled for front and rear brakes and
has internal rear brake cable routing through the top tube. The
geometry is for 700c wheels f/r
I am not sure when it was built, but the BB stamp would indicate 1984.
Apart from the BB cluster it is beautifully fillet brazed throughout
and made from Columbus Air tubing,
meaning all tubes are aerodynamically shaped (or at least what was
considered "aero" at the time), including the seat tube and
proprietary seat post. The seat post seems to have been repaired some
time ago, which isn't surprising given the seatclamp design. As you
can see (picture with seat post fully extended) it is quite easy to
damage the post if doing up the seat clamp too tight or too lose so
the post is slipping. I tried to get round this problem by using a
shim with some success, but in the end you just have to be very
careful when doing up the seatclamp.
The paint is a nice metallic red but chips quite easily. There are
chips on the down tube, stays (most notable near the rear brake) and
3-4 smaller chips on the top tube. The decals are above the lacquer
and are starting to come off in places. In some places there is what
must be residue from previous decals. No dents.
Size Seat tube: 57cm c-t Top tube: 58cm c-c (~56cm virtual horizontal)
Head tube: 7cm
In the pictures it is set up for me (186cm/6ft 1in) so that I am in
about the same position as if in the drops on my road bike. It would
say it would fit someone 5ft 11 to 6ft 2, the limiting factor is the
seat post really
Pic of how BTR88 built it up:
Like him I'd recommend a coke can shim to protect the seatpost from further damage but it's solid and works.
Asking what I paid, £200 shipped in UK please.