gosh, a flood of replies for a post of mine!
Thank you for your nice comments. I'm not sure who made the frame, I'll have a look at the frame number later today (she's in the boot of my car and I'll be riding at lunchtime if the rain stops) and will post it later.
I was always told that all of the team frames for Systeme U, Super U and Castorama were made by Francis Quillon at Cyfac.
I have also heard that he built for Cyrille Guimard's Renault, perhaps he was at Meral at the time?
Anyhow, it seems that Fignon liked what he made and chose, largely, to ride his frames.
Have you bought on ebay or privately?
Thanks Old Ned, it's always good to hear stories from the past.
The driver must have taken a dislike to Fignon to describe his hair as a pigtail rather than ponytail!
I have seen Cinelli stems, and assumed that the bars were Cinelli, on Fignon's frames, but they never look like the drop is as deep as the pictures from 1989.
A mystery to me, if you hear or see anything more it would be good to hear from you.
Thanks Martin, that's very kind, I'm glad you like her (why are my bikes always female?).
I too have heard that clinchers were in use, and that Super U rode on 23mm tyres in 1989 as Michelin had started researching rolling resistance and had found that there was no aerodynamic disadvantage in the wider tyre at high speed, and they were actually better at lower speeds.
Not that pros ever actually do go slowly! However, this all matches with the recent research that has led to Tony Martin riding TTs on clinchers as they have less resistance.
All that said, I can't imagine a pro like Fignon, steeped in the sport, riding anything other than a tub.
As an aside, if you are going for clinchers, Nigel Scott at Campyoldy had some old Michelin tyres that would be perfect for you.
I had seen the silver Giro d'Italia bars, and I have some ITM bars, anodised black, but they seem the wrong shape. The ramps are too steep, the drop seems too shallow, the reach isn't far enough. Maybe I just haven't found the right model?
The tricolour tape is Benotto, and is three different rolls. Rather than use heat or electrical tape to fix the tape in place, I just wrap it tight and let friction hold it in place. After a while it gets a little loose, then I re-wrap.
Your problem with getting Benotto tape is that there's not much white available, and when you do find it it's not cheap. I got lucky and found a chap in the US who I bought 24 rolls from a couple of years ago.
Ciclolinea, Moore Large or any other plastic tape would do the trick.
It's nice that a few of us are building Fignon replicas, but bad at the same time as we'll all be chasing the same old parts on ebay!!
I'll do some more pictures and add these to my gallery - should i enter for ROBTM?!
In the meantime, here's me on Mt Ventoux a couple of years ago, the bike has since been written off in a crash. These bars are ITM with a Raleigh badge and a black anodised centre section, but they are so badly bent out of shape in the crash they have been binned -
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all the gear and no idea it's not still 1989......