did wonder about the fork, thanks for clearing that up! i knew someone would know!!
did they give a techincal reason aswel though so that people would buy it? did they claim better performance from it?
i knew i'd spelt chater-lea wrong, i just took a guess!!
They called the forks 'Diadrant' - which means b*gg*r-all! Supposed to be more shock deadening than standard raked forks. Pretty radical at the time but nothings new. Look at the forks on modern Pinarello's etc. Very similar shape.
I could have bought a similar era Bates road bike recently - but desisted manfully!
Today is the yesterday of tomorrow.