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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:02 pm 
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So it's my wife's birthday and she asked me for a new Viner set.

Thought I'd surprise her with something a little more exciting and engaging than just a knife and fork set: a shiny viner 'set and fork! :D

Short in the leg, long in the body required a max seat tube of 47.5cm- not an easy spec to find and this frame was probably bespoke to its original owner.

I've checked the official frame sizes and this one is comfortably smaller than ex-works offerings.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:11 pm 
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Viner Stella, class :) one of the most expensive frames you could buy in the 70's.......


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:00 pm 
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More than a Raleigh 753!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:07 pm 
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Yes she's expensive (and the bike frame too!).


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:59 pm 
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Being from Sheffield, we had a tour round the viner cutlery factory whilst I was at college. Long been demolished, the viner name is now imported stuff


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:24 am 
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Back from the paint shop and in my wife's chosen colour scheme of "Audi" Green (yes, really!) and reasonably close to the original released colour + yellow detailing. Nice job by Rourkes in Burslem-if only I could...


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:06 am 
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Nice colour :) it's a Stella professional not a Special Professional?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:34 am 
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Glad you like the colour: my first green frame ever!

I have understood that "Stella" was a reference to the star cut outs and judging by the ad posted it was marketed as such in the UK. However, I believe the model is still a Special Professional. The B&W ads posted in other threads refer to it as the "Stella Special" and the "Viner Stella Professional", whilst also referring to it as one of the "Stella Special Professional Framesets". So it's been referenced in may different ways!

To the best of my knowledge there isn't a "Stella" transfer, but maybe the UK model didn't have the "Special Professional" transfer either. Not sure this was the same for all markets.

Ref https://vineristi.wordpress.com/2011/09 ... d-crosses/

"Basically, the Special Professional was the top of the range, it had Star (Stella) cut out lugs (including a massive cut out star on the bottom bracket shell) and was built with Columbus tubing (more than likely SL). These were the frames that were usually exported to the UK and US."

Thanks for any further insight.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:10 pm 
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Green was a classic viner colour :)

Here's mine, the track version of yours which has been modified into a TT frame

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:28 pm 
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Nice frame. If it's a TT -does it take a smaller wheel at the front?

Did you complete the build?


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