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 Post subject: 198x Abilita
PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:21 pm 
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Built in Dorset by Paul Wilkins

Weight and tube diameters suggests 531c. Race number hanger, cinelli spoiler BB shell, generally a nice thing. Fork is an aluminium one but it's been with the frame for at least 25 years (I bought it from someone who's had it that long) - thread of detective efforts here - viewtopic.php?f=12&t=366842

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 Post subject: Re: 198x Abilita
PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:25 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Bit of a revival, I was trying to sell this when someone pointed out to me that I probably shouldn't have powdercoated the aluminium fork, so I withdrew it, pending finding another fork

anyway I got this part-chrome rossin fork (it's a Columbus SLX new one from a "team racing" frame) over Christmas on ebay

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which I think looks better than the purple, breaks things up nicely

probably back up for sale again soon


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 Post subject: Re: 198x Abilita
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:48 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Somehow this is still knocking around despite my half-hearte attempts to sell it. I recently discovered that Vizual Impact here in Bristol have graphics on file for Abilitas

the result...

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:20 pm 
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Where did you get it painted? what's the approx cost to get a frame done of this quality?

what's wrong with painting aluminium forks?

Nice thread


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 Post subject: Re: 198x Abilita
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:23 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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this is a powder coat job from griff's reality motorworks in Fishponds, Bristol

about £70 or so.

there's nothing wrong with powdercoating aluminium, but this was bonded aluminium, and the glued joint is an unknown when heated for powder


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 Post subject: Re: 198x Abilita
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:05 am 
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Lovely colour, I'd be tempted to get fork done as well, or maybe white saddle or bar tape to balance it?


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