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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:33 pm 
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Or maybe not.

I've acquired a Dyna-Tech 753 frame which was sent to my local framebuilder for a replacement build. It came from Xpedia who were a cycle parts wholesale/distribution company. They used to supply the Super U / Castorama Raleigh team, so I'm told.
The frame in question is cracked on the rear chain stay but the most interesting part is the frame number LF P0057.
I presume the P is for Product (Special Products) and the 57 denoting the frame size. What I am hoping is that the LF is what I think it is.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:09 pm 
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Very interesting. It is defo a Dyna-Tech. ALL Dyna-Tech frames were made at Raleigh Special Products in Nottingam, and ONLY there.

As to the frame numbering, I have my own made to measure XMT100 metal matrix composite frame which does not have the usual SBDU numbering on the bb shell.

So, It is quite possible that it is what you think it is. We made a number of frames for each rider ( A friend has a Bjarne Riis frame ) and some where used and others not.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:54 am 
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Thanks for the info.
I know the bonded Dyna-Tech frames were used in the Raleigh teams for a short while but were replaced with a standard frame construction later.
I suppose there's no real definitive way to know if it was his since the Xpedia doesn't trade anymore.
I after say that it's the first Bonded Dyna-tech frame I've seen with a 753 transfer rather than a Raleigh composite tubing one.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:28 pm 
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Your right, unfortunatley, no definative way to find out. With regards to the tubing sticker, we used the Reynolds ones on really early frames as we had not decided how to specify what we were doing. The eventual reason to replace the Reynolds decals was because by using no heat in the joint areas, no degredation took place.

I don't know who xpedia are but as to the source of the frame, it can only have come out via someone originally at Raleigh Special Products.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:14 pm 
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Interesting thread Des. Just to add another dimension I've found this Graham Watson shot of Fignon in the '89 Tour in Systeme U colours - but the frame is steel (isn't it?). When were the Dynatech frames introduced? Do they relate to his Castorama days rather than Systeme U? Very similar colour schemes.

The frame in the photo also looks slightly larger than yours but this could be an optical/photographic illusion!

Nice bar tape, you must follow this if you restore it :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:26 pm 
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Really nice find 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:24 pm 
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Old Ned wrote:
Interesting thread Des. Just to add another dimension I've found this Graham Watson shot of Fignon in the '89 Tour in Systeme U colours - but the frame is steel (isn't it?). When were the Dynatech frames introduced? Do they relate to his Castorama days rather than Systeme U? Very similar colour schemes.

The frame in the photo also looks slightly larger than yours but this could be an optical/photographic illusion!

Nice bar tape, you must follow this if you restore it :wink:


Not sure on that one? Maybe they went from trad construction to bonded then back to trad.
It's going to be one for the wall, I may restore it though if I can afford C Record bits.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:28 pm 
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Really nice find 8)

Thanks.

I saw it hung up covered in dust and I told the previous owner I always wanted one because of Fignon. I never thought that it may be one of his bikes.
It was a really lucky find because Xpedia threw away a skip full of frames when they went under.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:46 pm 
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Old Ned wrote:
Interesting thread Des. Just to add another dimension I've found this Graham Watson shot of Fignon in the '89 Tour in Systeme U colours - but the frame is steel (isn't it?). When were the Dynatech frames introduced? Do they relate to his Castorama days rather than Systeme U? Very similar colour schemes.

The frame in the photo also looks slightly larger than yours but this could be an optical/photographic illusion!

Nice bar tape, you must follow this if you restore it :wink:


Systeme U = Super U = Castorama.

Not sure Fignon ever rode Dynatech...some smarty pants will no doubt contradict me :D

Roadking.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:01 pm 
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris531/4473171575/

Here he is on a bonded Dyna-Tech, check the head lugs.


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