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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 10:26 pm 
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Some of you might have noticed that I’m rather partial to the odd Claud Butler, particularly the top of the range Cape Wraths (with a couple of Antaeus’s thrown in for good measure)
So, I thought I’d have a go at making up a timeline for reference, not just for “the greater good” but also to keep the info I have as accurate as possible.
It’s got some holes, and some of it is based on guess work and assumptions or on processes of elimination. as I'm missing a few catalogues and the bikes didn’t always exactly match these anyway! :facepalm:
I’m hoping with your help, that these details and facts might get a more solid base…

PS. I know plenty on here won’t see the point, but some, like me who used to look up at these bikes and wonder how we could ever afford them might just understand…

Just a little pre-amble…
Summer of 1984. Holdsworth, the then owner of the Claud Butler brand is rumoured to have bought a Specialized Stumpjumper to copy.
Late 1984. Production of a lugged, Reynolds butted 531 All-terrain tubes & forks, Stumpjumper copy starts.. Holdsworth/CB’s first MTB is named the ‘Canyon’
Mid 1985. Holdsworth goes into receivership.
Late 1985. Marlboro buy them up and trade as “The Holdsworth Co Ltd” out of Darlston’ West Midlands. They continue to sell the Canyon (only change being a new blue paint scheme & some extra stickers)
Late 1986. Marlboro start production of two “new” models for 1987. The “Matterhorn” & “Cape Wrath” (although the frames use the same 531 All-terrain butted tubing and lugs as the Canyon, with the only real differences being the introduction of a chain-stay mounted U-brake, Uni-crown forks and of course Shimano kit)


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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 10:26 pm 
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1987

Very early 1987, The Falcon Group based in Brigg, Lincolnshire, buy out both Holdsworth & CB brands from Marlboro. Production of the two new bikes stays in Darlston initially.
Although Marlboro had planned for the Matterhorn to be the top of the range, with the catalogue describing it as the “Rolls Royce” of all-terrain biking, with full Shimano Deore XT and the Cape Wrath to just have Deore, someone at Falcon decided that the Cape Wrath would be better suited with XT, so the spec got swapped in simple print on the back of the catalogue and the photos got re-taken with the kit swapped over. (Although someone forgot about the accompanying blurb)
The Matterhorn was dead (I’ve never seen even a photo of one outside of the catalogue) and the Cape Wrath took off.

Distinguishing frame details;
531 butted All-terrain tubing
Chain stay mounted XT U-brake
“Pointed” top of seat tube lug
Cluster of three brake & gear stops underneath the down tube, a few inches from the head tube lug.
Three slot plastic cable guide, riveted to underneath of BB shell.
Rear mech gear cable stop brazed to underside of drive-side chain stay.

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1988

No catalogue has surfaced yet, but with the production moving from Darlston to Brigg, I’m assuming nothing much changed. Only the planed design of next years model, initial production of which is presumed to have started by November so as to produce the 1989 catalogue.


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1989

Initial frame was very much the same again; 531 Butted All-terrain tubing, with the only noticeable difference being the loss of the “pointed” detail at the top of the seat tube, a new set of graphics and of course the demotion from Deore XT to Deore (or Deore II?).
But someone must have been listening to complaints about the under-slung U-brake suffering in that position from catching too much mud, because very early in 1989 a new improved version emerged in the shops with the U-brake now mounted in the more conventional position on the seat stays. And although they continued to use a down pull front mech, all cabling came along the top tube.

Distinguishing frame details;
1989a
Same as 1987/88, but with flat top to the seat tube.
1989b
531 butted All-terrain tubing
Seat stay mounted XT U-brake
Rear brake stops on top of top tube
Gear stops either side of top tube
Front mech cable re-routed for down pull via U shaped braze-on to top of BB shell
Rear mech cable routed down drive side seat stay with brazed stop on top of stay.
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 10:27 pm 
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1990

No catalogue yet, but I have what I believe to be a 1990 model based on its frame number and on the late 1989 date codes on all its kit.
This looks like a completely new model, out goes the 531 All-terrain and in come 531 Magnum, the lugs are simplified, although the “pointed” top of the seat tube is back. New graphics with the main Claud Butler type face that will stay on till the end of 1992. DX group set introduced, the rear U-brake has gone, and frame has new braze on positions.

Distinguishing frame details;
531 Magnum tubing
The top tube threesome gear/brake stops are now close together.
Rear brake posts are in the lower position for cantilevered brakes as per the front.
The front mech is still a down pull, but the cable is now re-routed from above by a pully wheel mounted on the back of the seat tube.
Some lugs are simplified & the seat tube top is “pointed”.

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1991

Pretty much exactly the same as the 1990 but with different top tube name graphics.

Distinguishing frame details;
As per 1990

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1992

Time for a change..
Drops to second in the pecking order behind the XT equipped & 653 tubed Antaeus, with the most significant physical change being the adoption of a top pull front mech…They also seem to have a few cans of Aqua Pearlescent left over from ’89!
This is the first time the Cape is seen in another colour.
The Aqua was last used on the old bottom of the 1989 range Pagan (Ignore the darker green in the ’89 catalogue, it never happened) a couple of nice survivors are on the forum.
(BTW this enabled a few owners of the old Pagans to muck about with graphics to make theirs look like Cape Wraths, but they are easily spotted by the Reynolds 500 decals and the row of three individual brake cable braze-ons on the top tube and the gears stops underneath the down tube)

Distinguishing frame details;
Small braze on gear stop just bellow the seat stay cluster behind the seat tube for the top pull front mech
Slightly more detailed lugs than the ’90 & ’91 models
Change to the top tube name graphic
Claud Butler branded stem

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1993

We don’t have the 1993 catalogue to refer to, apart from a scan of the Antaeus, but this at least tells us that the graphics have now completely changed. The Cape is still the top of the range steel model, and only in black, not sure if it appeared in 653 and I don’t know what group set or if it had adopted the new Ahead stem.

Distinguishing frame details;
New graphics and only in black


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1994

The range for this year is possibly the largest Claud Butler has offered since the 30’s with six now in 7005 aluminium topped by the Antaeus. With the Cape heading a cast of 10 steel bikes!
This doesn’t make the Cape 7th in the range though as it is just third from top in cost by £50.
It’s now definatly Reynolds 653 with most of the rest of the steelies in Cro-mo.
Its also had a group change to Deore LX and has more Tioga dressing, including an Ahead stem.

Distinguishing frame details;
Not a great deal TBH, apart from the 653, things have stayed much the same as the 1992 model but then I’ve not had a close look at one to confirm lug details.

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1995

As you were really… still black, still 653, still Deore LX, still top of the steel range.
Oh… one important change, this is the first time we see the new “Star Trek” CB head badge.

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