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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:15 pm 
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I have been looking for a vintage steel aero frame for quite some time now, but up until now I was never able to find one I liked or was my size. A week ago I came across a very odd looking Concorde Squadra frame on an online classifieds website. Odd looking in that it was built with what looked like aero steel tubing. I took a chance and bought the frame as quickly as possible, hoping that it would something special. It was dropped off today at my place and I couldn't be happier.

It is indeed a Concorde Squadra and is it built from Columbus Ego tubing. I was hoping for Columbus AIR, but Ego is even better. To be honest I didn't now Ego even existed before today. The frame belonged to Eddy Vancraeynest. He is probably a big guy since the top tube length is a massive 60 cm (c-c). The seat tube length is 60 (C-T), so either he had a long upper body or this was his time trial frame. I suspect the first.

The paint on the frame is not something I really like, but I will keep the frame as it is for now until I think of a better finish. The same goes for the components and the fork. I will build it up with a DA 7700 groupset I have lying around, but I hope to build it up with some nicer parts in the near future.

Any ideas on when this frame was built?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:54 pm 
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Very Nice frame! I'm sure a Google search will give you the answer..


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:28 pm 
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Amazing find, wasn´t building square (top and seat tube of the same length) a common Italian practice? The Concorde frames were made by Italian builders like Ciöcc I believe. Still, it´s probably a time trial frame anyway considering the tubing.

And please reconsider repainting the frame. In my opinion it´s often a shame if a frame is painted over if the original paintjob is damaged, but this one is in very good condition so it verges into criminal destruction :wink: . ´It´s only original once´ to use an often heard mantra.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:34 pm 
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Nice frame and story, I quite like the color scheme. Quote: " I will build it up with a DA 7700 groupset I have lying around, but I hope to build it up with some nicer parts in the near future" Nicer parts? DA 7700 IS nice parts! well in my opinion...


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:27 am 
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I think DA 7700 is great. My first choice road bike is actually built up with a DA 7700 25th anniversary groupset. However, the DA 7700 I have 'lying around' has seen a bit too many miles ;)


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:18 am 
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Can't help with the date of this bike, but JOWAN (as written on the sticker on your top tube)
is a famous bike shop in Kluisbergen, Belgium so maybe you can contact them for some help?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:25 am 
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Thanks a lot for the information on Jowan. I will send them an e-mail right away.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:03 pm 
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I think you have something very special there and I look forward to seeing it all built up.

I think Concorde are great, they did so many different models and specials it is really very hard to pin them down.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:25 pm 
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NeilM wrote:
I think you have something very special there and I look forward to seeing it all built up.

I think Concorde are great, they did so many different models and specials it is really very hard to pin them down.




+1 very nice project 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:32 pm 
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I just heard back from the bike store - JOWAN - that supplied this bike to the team. According to them the frame is 20 years old and belonged to a team called KSV Deerlijk - Westauto's. The club president at that time was Walter Coecke.

After some googling I managed to find a reference to this team being a semi pro cycling team from 1993. If I am not mistaken the picture below is of the team.

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