Hello, After catching the RetroBike bug big time this year, and as an Orange fan, when this popped up on eBay in the late Summer (also outed on here), I was very keen and ultimately won the auction. This has spent a month or so in a friends basement until a courier finally dropped this off today.
It needs a really good clean, but I wanted to post a few pre-breakdown photos as I'm sure some isn't original and your knowledge will no doubt help me build this back up with a few more period correct parts.
Frame: Orange Clockwork 19" (1989?), Yellow/White fade. Frame no. is stamped down the side of the seat tube, not on the bb, and starts A891...
Has a dealer sticker 'Supplied by Sail Sports (09284) 293'
Fork: Orange cro-mo
Headset: Deore DX (likely replacement?)
Stem: plain black unbranded with some rise (replacement)
Handlebar: to my eyes more modern anodised orange, HotRod.
Brakes: Campagnolo Cantis (Centaur?)
Brake Pads: Campagnolo
Brake Cables: ?
Cantilever cable hangers: Rear is a nice Campy one, front plain Shimano
Brake Levers: Dia Compe SS5
Shifters: Deore XT thumbies
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo (Euclid?)
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo (Euclid?)
Derailleur Cables: ?
Cassette: Shimano Hyperglide 7sp
Cranks: Campagnolo (Euclid?)
Chainrings: Campagnolo (Euclid?) 26-36-46
Chainring bolts: Campagnolo
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo (as far as I can tell)
Pedals: Campagnolo (really nice, with metal toe clips and original grey leather branded straps)
Hub Skewers: Mixed Shimano
Rims: Rear is a Mavic M7CD Energy, front is a M6CD Oxygen, both 36h
Hubs: Rear is XT732, Front XT730
Tyres: Front is a Specialized Hardpack 1.5", rear a Groundcontrol 1.95"
Saddle: Nit nice... Velo gel
Seatpost: Kalloy (badly scored)
Seatpost Binder: Shimano
This is in pretty good condition, and the seller said she bought it new for her husband who didn't ride it much, and that all parts are original. I'm sure it hasn't been well used, at least in recent years, based on the brake blocks and tyres, as well as the chainrings.
Would Orange have supplied this with a Campy / xt mix?
Is it possible this came with mismatched rims? Back in the day might there have been a reason to have M6 and M7 on the same bike. This also has the wider tyre on the rear, which I always recall as having been the other way around.
I wonder whether the stem / bars might have been changed in the mid-90's? I've got an old white Stalk where the brake cable drops through the stem, which I think might work well.
If anyone can shed light on the frame number placement, Sail Sports shop and any of the components, I'd be very grateful.
Lovely............bookmarked for updates....