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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:13 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:07 pm
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Location: Rutherglen
Picked up this Holdsworth Triath-elan last night for £50. Thought it make a decent tidy upper. My thoughts after a bit of research are it's 1984, maybe 85. The original parts along with the 531cs tubing makes me think its original but the serial number H130920 stamped on both steerer tube and BB isn't what i expected. From all my online study before picking it up I was expecting to see a 6 digit number with a 0 prefix. Any Holdsworth experts any ideas why it hasn't got this type of serial number?

Frame: Reynolds 531cs
Fork: Reynolds 531
Dropouts: Campagnolo

Headset: Tange Allez
Stem: SR (100mm)
Handlebar: GB
Seatpost: Strong, Japan.

Brake Levers: Weinmann
Brake Calipers: Weinmann 500

Shifters: Suntour
Front Derailleur: Suntour AR
Rear Derailleur: Suntour ARX
Cranks: Takagi Allez
Chainrings: 52/42

Cassette: Not original 7 speed. 14/30
Chain: Not original SRAM
Bottom Bracket: Not original Shimano
Pedals: Not original nasties.
Rims: Not original Rigida Europe
Hubs: Not original Shimano Exage (Oct'89)
Hub skewers: Shimano
Saddle: Not original Sella Royal

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:12 pm 
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Posts: 579
Location: The South Coast's Premier Dump
Everything about the geometry, lugs and fixtures on that frame look original to me. I had one for a few years but don't have a record of the frame number. As an aside, 531cs was a relatively short lived tubeset and British Eagle were the only other volume builder that used it, as far as I am aware. Perhaps Holdsworth contracted out the construction to them?

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