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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:28 am 
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Hello bike lovers,

I bought this second hand bike, and I would like to find out more about the frame.
Any idea of the weight (its a 57 st with 56cm tt), is the fork original? The year of production?
The bike is equipped with campagnolo 9 speed, Xenon with some Mirage. In this actual configuration it weighs 10kg spot on.
Was the bike designed as a racing bike, or a as a tourer?

The BB code is 7173.
And the BB shell has RGF stampped on a side.
The rear fork dropouts have Condor stamped on it.
I attached some photos.


I've also mailed CondorCycles, I hope they reply.

Help me out!
Thank you!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:55 am 
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Looking at the short rear stays and tight rear wheel-seat tube clearances it looks more oriented towards the racing end of the spectrum than the touring end. Can't quite tell from the pics but it looks like there s just enough clearance.for lightweight mud guards so would perhaps make a nice Audax style machine, though without eyelets you'll need the guards (whose name eludes me) that clip to the stays.

Looks like a nice bike. A bit of patina, but still very presentable an useable.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:08 pm 
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Design of the frame (under bb guides, top tube guides, allen key brakes, fork design, band on front mech) sort of place it mid 80's.

Nice and neat frame :D deffo not a tourer, built as a combo road / training bike.

Shaun


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:09 pm 
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RGF is the bottom bracket shell manufacturer Gargette Bros (Raccord Gargette Freres)
These BB shells were used by many different frame manufacturers all over Europe so not a lot of use really


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:26 pm 
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I'd guess from the Reynolds stickers and components as an early/mid nineties model.

A nice looking bike - I think it's more race orientated than touring with the choice of tubing, lack of mudguard braze ons and tight geometry on the back end.

(Could you do something about the quick release on the front wheel - it's on back to front and upside down ! :-)


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:15 pm 
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If it was mid 90's then I'd have thought that it might have had internal cable routing and vertical dropouts.......

Shaun


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:02 am 
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The Reynolds 531 Competition sticker is the one used on frames after 1989


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:56 am 
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Thanks for all the input!

I also think its mid 90s.
The rear fork is 130 mm.
The first ergopower 8 speed was in 92, this one is 9speed xenon (don't know when the xenon first appeard).
The front forks dropouts dont have lawyer tabs. - maybe he fork is not that modern.


I just got to bike, took some fast photos and uploaded here.
Im in the process of cleaning/greasing/ etc.
So the qr position is temporary.

I've got a stuck seatpost. Got some wd40 in there, but no luck, guess its a job for the bench vise.
The seatpost is an original Condor, anyone knows the length of the damn thing?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:20 am 
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I've seen some frames that have been ruined and fit only for scrap because the seized seat post has been stuck in a vice to apply leverage...Proceed with caution or better still take it to someone who knows what they are doing


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:36 pm 
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Lovely bike by the way. It's crying out for some yellow bar tape to match the decals & a Rolls saddle!


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