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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:14 am 
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Another new year, another new project...

Go back in time to 1987: otherself was 9 years old and suffered a near-fatal asthma attack, Rick Astley was topping the charts with 'Never Gonna Give You Up', Timothy Dalton made his debut as James Bond in the Living Daylights and in Padova, Italy, Atala made a frame from a lump of iron ore that would find its way into to my hands 25 years later. :)

I scored this sorry frame off ebay for £40 from a Slovenian seller. Shipping was an extra £30 from Slovenia. It was my size and is made of strong plain gauge --but not that heavy-- Columbus Aelle tubes - what I was looking for to lace to my lovely period-correct 1987 Suntour Sprint groupset. I've identified the model as an Atala Corsa GS. I will build it into a Time Trial bike as i don't have one in my fleet. It was clear it needs a new respray; there's a good 9 inches of surface rust under the top tube and the decals are peeling in places, so its off to be sand blasted and powdercoated this week or next. I'm thinking of having it done in a mint green / pastel green (RAL 6019) with replica period-correct Atala decals in black.

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I have had this nice Suntour Sprint group for a while now. It's light, nicely finished, looks great and was only 1 step below the top of the range 'Superbe Pro' of the time. I'm only missing the headset (rare) and the pedals, which have popped up on ebay but at prices I can't justify/afford. I won't bother with the Sprint hubs or period-correct wheels & cassette. The photos I took of this group appear on the Suntour Wikipedia page - I was kindly asked to supply them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suntour

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Similar models from the 1987 Atala brochure found on the web:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:10 pm 
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Very nice frame! and a bargain price as well.
The original paint scheme would have been lovely when it was new, but agree its a bit beyond it now.
The mint green sounds nice but I would go with white decals myself, but hey, its your frame not mine :wink: I'm sure either would look good.
Keep us updated
Jamie


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:14 pm 
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wow lovely groupset and frame cant wait to see it finished :)


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:45 pm 
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The Suntour groupset looks great should be a good build, look forward to the updates


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:23 am 
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Frame is back now from being professionally bead blasted and powder coated. Cost was 55 pounds total. The bead blasters masked the chrome chainstay with 3 layers of duct tape. I'm happy with the results. I actually wanted it powder coated in RAL 6019 (mint pastel green) but they didn't have this in stock, so i had it done in RAL 6021 'pale green' with clear coat instead. The colour has grown on me and I actually prefer it now to the 6019. :wink:

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Period-correct Columbus Aelle decal sourced.

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Just waiting now for the Atala decals in black to arrive from America. I have also ordered a Selle San Marco Concor saddle introduced in 1989. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/320982729534


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:51 pm 
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Im lovin' that colour. Great finish.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:14 pm 
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Now done. Pretty happy with it apart from the fact it would not take allen key brakes! (old nutted style). I had the front fork drilled to allow this, but the rear could not be drilled for allen key fit brake as it would weaken the bridge. I ended up not installing a rear brake. Not ridden fixed since 1989 as a kid on a gold Mongoose BMX.... so it's taking some time to get used to after 25 years.

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- 1987 Atala Corsa GS Columbus Aelle frame & fork 56cm c-t (1987)
- Suntour 'Sprint' cranks (1987)
- Tektro dual pivot 'R520' front brake
- 'Strong' of Japan seatpost 26.4mm (date stamped 1987)
- Kalloy quill stem, silver, 100mm (date stamped 1991)
- Unbranded bullhorns 25.4mm, silver, 40cm (modern)
- Bar tape: Deda cork 'Jaguar green' (modern)
- Cane Creek '200tt' time trial brake levers (modern)
- Neco alloy 1 inch threaded headset, black, ISO fit (modern)
- San Marco 'Concor' saddle, black, replica (modern but introduced 1989)
- Stronglight 'JP400' bottom bracket, 110mm, Italian thread (modern)
- Stronglight chainring 42t (parts bin, modern)
- MKS 'Sylvan' pedals with 'Rapid' toeclips and leather straps (modern)
- Rigida 'Chrina' rims, silver, 36h (modern)
- System X track hubs, high flange, 36h, 'flip flop' rear, silver (modern)
- Budget Schwalbe 'Blizzard' tyres, all black (parts bin, modern)
- Taya 3/32" chain (NOS 1990's)
- Fixed Cog 15t 'Formula' brand (modern)
- Freewheel: 16t 'Dicta' (modern)


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:21 pm 
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Nice colour :-)

Marc
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