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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:21 pm 
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Bought this frame and rebuilt the bike with upgraded parts. Need help 1976 Claud Butler Electron Reynolds 531 . Serial no 68028. Did [img][IMG]https://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r638/izak18/DSCF8390_zps0xnexezb.jpg[/img][img][IMG]https://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r638/izak18/DSCF8392_zpsqtlgnr6h.jpg[/img][img][IMG]https://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r638/izak18/DSCF8397_zpswbsfcjsc.jpg[/img][/img][/img][/img]read a lot of info but do want others opinion.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:34 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:36 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:37 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:32 pm 
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Hello, so as usual nothing is simple with this stuff and its easy to find contradictory info on the web, so inevitably its always a case of a process of elimination to get to a best guess.
On the face of it (just looking at the frame number alone) I’d say your frame was almost definitely produced in 1974 (see attached number chart) although this number chart is only the result of myself and two other members here (CBguy & dwscrimshaw) collating various “marker” frames, these are bikes/frames that have had very specific details/paints/graphics/production runs to help us hang a framework together for dating. If your number had been a few hundred away from our predicted 1976 then it would be in more of a grey area, but 2000 pretty much sticks into late 1974, maybe at a stretch 1975.
Ok, next… the only real 1976 marker we have is the 531 double butted forks only appeared From June/July till about November that year as a frame set in an attempt to shift these 531 plain gauge frames before the Electron was dropped from the range,
During the Electrons long production life I think Holdsworth used a number of different suppliers of plain gauge tubing, but the bike wasn’t advertised with 531 till later in its life, and this in itself isn’t really a marker as pretty much all of these plain gauges had seat pins around 26.4mm (I think)
From my collection I know the plain tubing in the cheap mid/late 70’ took a sub 26mm seat pin and that stuff most definitely wasn’t 531.
The best marker would be if you can remember if the bike had a Reynolds double butted fork sticker before the refurb.
In conclusion, my best guess would be your frame was manufactured in 1974, but may not have been put together and sold until 1976…….

PS, very tidy looking build BTW


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 Post subject: Re: claud butler
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:37 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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The fork did have a 531 Reynolds sticker on but replaced. Saddle post 26.4. Electron with 531 was built in 1976 with 5 digit Number . Other member with similiar bike serial no 66735 . Mine is 68028. Its hard to pin down with all the changes in the past. On the end its not very important, it is good to ride and feel these old bikes. Great Hobby. Izak .


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:00 pm 
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The only late 1975/early 1976 Electron I’ve come across before in its original colour scheme belongs to Jamiedyer, that has a number 69788.
Did yours look like this?

BTW...Fact, we know they stopped the 5 figure system in July 1976, that gives us half a production count of around 1000 frames.
We have documented proof of a five figure Cresta Number 70712 from 1976
We also have documented proof of a Torino number 68293 from 1975

I'm sorry that I haven’t been able to confirm your frame is from 1976, but we’ve put a great deal of work into this, not just making it up. :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:04 pm 
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Hi. The frame you show is 100 same as mine. Same decor. Same colour. I can take a photo of my serial no if needed for records. Yes that's why I am a proud member. Many thanks izak


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:32 pm 
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Relook and compare. My top tube brake cable does not into the frame. It use eye drops as stoppers. Many thanks izak


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:07 am 
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Yeah, Jamie really needs to get his rare frame out of the loft and give it some proper TLC


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