Given it's so miserable & cold out there, I thought I'd share my latest addition to the fold.
Very limited on 'proven' facts but this bike is believed to be ex Chris Boardman circa 1991/92. Ribble Cycles contracted Boardman for a 'reported' 5 figure sum in 1991 with exclusivity to use Ribble Frames. Said bikes (there were obviously a number produced) followed after Boardman's association with Cougar ended. The deal with Ribble ended sourly just before the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The Mike Burrows creation that was the legendary Lotus 108 Windcheetah that Boardman used at the Vall d'Hebron Velodrom for the 4KM pursuit final was part of the British Cycling Federation armoury. Given it's revolutionary design it was obvious that any product from Ribble wasn't going to see the light of day in Barcelona. Ribble contemplated litigation, though I don't believe it ended up in front of a judge? If anyone has further or indeed conflicting information I'd be happy to hear from you as the above is a synopsis of a few hours trawling the internet for answers.
So to the bike itself - I'm going to go on the premise that the frame is the only original part of the Boardman connection. It's possible that the crankset & headset are original but the remainder has been changed by the lad I bought it from. I base this on the following link http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfleming/3 ... 7549524490
. My bike is not the one as per the link - the seat post collar is lower than on mine, but I believe it's one of a number of frames produced for Boardman. I have searched for other Ribble TT frames on't t'interweb and none seem to have been built with the aero plate between top & downtube. It's also (rather beautifully) fillet brazed rather than lugged which seems to be rare for Ribble frames. Again I'm open to more information on this.
Lastly before the specifics, I should mention the weight. Reynolds 753 and it's ridiculously light - the Scott clip on bars mean it's front heavy when picked up. Oh to have to scales!
Since purchasing, I've changed the rear mech, saddle and bar end shifter(s).
Frame: Ribble 753 fillet brazed
Fork: Ribble 753
Headset: Campagnolo Record
Handlebar: 3T Moscow Bullhorns / Scott clip-on extensions.
Bar Tape: FSA
Brake Levers/Brifters: Dia Compe BRS Radius
Brake Calipers: Dia Compe BRS Radius
Shifters: Dura Ace RD-7700 Bar End
Rear Derailleur: Sachs New Success
Cassette: Sachs 12:19
Cranks: Sachs New Success
Chainring: Campagnolo 53T
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo
Pedals: Look Keo
Juna Disc Wheel
Tube:Continental LA Olympic
Rims: Wolber 24"
Hubs: Mavic 501
Hub Skewers: Mavic
Spokes: Sapim Aero
Tube: Vittoria Competition
Saddle: Selle Italia Titanium Flite
Seatpost: Campagnolo C-Record 27.2
Seatpost Binder: Campagnolo
If I know only a little about the bike as described above then I know even less about the Juna disc wheel - Russian, used by the Russian Cycling Federation at the 84 or 88 Olympics? It's ridiculously light, no aluminium braking strip and made of Kevlar (perhaps)? Anyway, pictures:
Rick Powell 753 Track / Ribble Gran Fondo / Colnago Asso / 1975 Harry Quinn TT / 1990 Concorde Prelude / Vitus 992 / Keith Coppell Lo-Pro / 1986 KAS Vitus 979 / 1995 Mercian Strada Speciale / 2011 Raleigh GAC Militis 3 ex Graham Briggs / 1995 Ribble 7005 / 1986 Alan Super Record / 1985 MK1 Vitus 979 /
On the bench: Sirius 853 TT / Sun Solo Chrome / Ciocc Designer 84 / Giant TCR0 Pro Compact / Ribble 653 Tourer / Daccordi Lo-Pro / Look KG96 / Bottecchia Equipe / Look KG231 Credit Agricole / Contini Grand Prix / Aende Lo-Pro / TVT / Langdale 653 Pursuit /