Some may have noticed a post in the ebay watch thread about a Peugeot Grisley going cheep: http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... p;t=259393
. I hadn't heard of these bikes before, and a bit of research indicated that they were quite good..
I think the full title of the bike is Peugeot TeamLine T1000L 'Grisley'. The design is similar, if not identical, to the Grisley Glacier or the Reflex ALX bikes that were sold in the US. Presumably Peugeot bought the rights to manufacture and sell them in Europe using their own name. The tubing is 6061 Easton E9 aluminium, bonded to aluminium lugs. Components are supposed to be a mixture of Ritchey and Shimano Deore XT. I'm not sure what year the frame is from.. the Grisley/Reflex frames seem to be from 89/90, but the Peugeot catalogue scans I saw were from 1993. hmmm...
As Macclesfield isn't far from me, and I'd already been pondering getting a Raleigh M-Trax/Dynatech due to the lugs, I decided to bid. I won it for £42.77, which doesn't seem to bad to me!
I collected it last night, not really knowing what to expect. There'd only been one photo, apparently taken from a low-rez mobile phone camera. Was that a scratch or a reflection on the top tube? Are a lot of the decals really missing, or are they just too dark to be picked up in the photo? How many parts will be original?
Well, it was more of a ding, actually, and it was on both sides of the tube, as it had been caused by the bar ends whacking the top tube at full lock. The top and down tube decals were indeed missing, but judging from the head badge, the decals were nowhere near as sweet as the ones from the Dutch version of the bike. I suspect it would've looked like the bike here: http://amiral44vtt.free.fr/grisley-peugeot.php
, which has the same head badge, and quite lame decals.I didn't spot the internal cable routing on any of the photos. That'll be fun to maintain!
The components fitted to the bike are these:
Kalloy Uno handlebar
Mavic M231 rims
Nokia tyres. Can't remember the model/measurements.
Ritchey Force quill stem
Ritchey Logic cantilever brakes
X-Lite brake levers
Shimano Deore shifters
Shimano Deore chainset
Shimano Deore rear mech
Shimano Deore XT front mech
Shimano Deore XT headset
Shimano Deore LX hubs
Specialized summat saddle
No visible brand on the seat post
I'm not sure if the fork is original or not. If it was sold in the UK, it may have had lesser specs than the European mainland model. It appears to be steel, but I haven't attacked it with a magnet to be sure. The Reflex ALX 99 frame had cromoly forks, so maybe it is original: http://mombat.org/MOMBAT/BikeHistoryPages/Reflex.htmlThe bear medallions are a bit tacky.
Overall, the bike looks like it should scrub up quite well! My plan now is to take everything off, measure it all, and give it a good clean. After that, I'll ponder replacement parts. I think the fork, seat, and brake levers definitely need to be replaced with nicer things, and those bar ends just need to go. oh, and the pedals - they're just cruddy plastic things. Not sure about the rest.
Here's a flickr set of the photos that I took last night, just before the light ran out: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjFW3ao2