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I beleive they were hand built by Lester Noble to order out of Prestige tubes John.


they were, !!! prestige/fillet, and handbuilt....yum. 8)


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Interesting to see the design differences between bedazzled's and the mag one, especially the seat stays. 8)


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brocklanders023 wrote:
Interesting to see the design differences between bedazzled's and the mag one, especially the seat stays. 8)


Is the mag one later? Looks more in line with Clockworks/Prestiges.

Interesting one this, let's see some more pics.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:26 pm 
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Might as well add in Danpiero's old Formula from BITD:

How it started out:
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How it ended up:
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It pre-dates the above article, by almost two years, no wishbone, sloping top tube, fastback seatstays, and a pump peg...!!! just magical....!!!!

:shock: 8)


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Formulas are super rare and TBH even I have never seen one with that stay arrangement, I'll speak to Lester and see if he can recall how many were made like that, original B52's, Ali O's, Vit T's and Dynamo (mk1) didn't have the monostay so its not like every frame has used it but I'm actually looking at that wondering what is is, i think it might be something a bit more rare than even a Formula is :). Can you let me know the exact date you bought it please?

There are a number of different versions of Formula, Steve (Wade, Orange owner) made a number, I'm pretty sure Dave Yates also made a few for us as did Paul Donohue, its hard to know exact numbers, no-one kept a record, my best guess, less than 20 made, most went to mates of Lester. Top Mark were one of the original Orange dealers as Bill Nixon the owner was one of Lester's windsurfing friends.

I dont think we have decals, we've got very little left from the original days as the business was about selling stuff not hoarding :D no first catalogue, few decals and even the artwork files got stored on floppy discs now degraded or old 11cx macs long since dead :( will look next time I'm at the barn but dont hold out much hope.

We dont have a Formula in the factory museum, I've traced a couple over the years and one day might get someone to loan us one to display, a lot did go to friends of Lester, I know Graham Longstaff, former NEMBA chairman has one as do a couple of his sailing friends.

We do have a Formula road bike, built by Steve circa 89/90 with compact geometry and max tubing, a few years ahead of compact geometry ever becoming commonplace on the road :)


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Formulas are super rare and TBH even I have never seen one with that stay arrangement, I'll speak to Lester and see if he can recall how many were made like that, original B52's, Ali O's, Vit T's and Dynamo (mk1) didn't have the monostay so its not like every frame has used it but I'm actually looking at that wondering what is is, i think it might be something a bit more rare than even a Formula is :). Can you let me know the exact date you bought it please?

There are a number of different versions of Formula, Steve (Wade, Orange owner) made a number, I'm pretty sure Dave Yates also made a few for us as did Paul Donohue, its hard to know exact numbers, no-one kept a record, my best guess, less than 20 made, most went to mates of Lester. Top Mark were one of the original Orange dealers as Bill Nixon the owner was one of Lester's windsurfing friends.

I dont think we have decals, we've got very little left from the original days as the business was about selling stuff not hoarding :D no first catalogue, few decals and even the artwork files got stored on floppy discs now degraded or old 11cx macs long since dead :( will look next time I'm at the barn but dont hold out much hope.

We dont have a Formula in the factory museum, I've traced a couple over the years and one day might get someone to loan us one to display, a lot did go to friends of Lester, I know Graham Longstaff, former NEMBA chairman has one as do a couple of his sailing friends.

We do have a Formula road bike, built by Steve circa 89/90 with compact geometry and max tubing, a few years ahead of compact geometry ever becoming commonplace on the road :)




this just gets better and better..... :shock:


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posting to bookmark, and to register my jaw-floor contact along with everyone else...

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:59 pm 
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Regarding your stuck seatpost problem - I always go to Dave Yates Cycles. He's always been able to get out stuck posts (my Rock Lobster one was in there for about seven years) without ruining the paint or the frame. I never ask him how he does it though - I probably don't want to know :)


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