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Ross “Grand Tour” 56cm

4 Dec

56cm early 80’s Ross “Gran Tour”, this is a lugged Japanese Ishiwata 4130 E-X triple butted steel frame and fork set. Comes with SR Laprade seat post and binder bolt, topped off with an older used Specialized race saddle. Quill SR stem with chopped and flopped bars with new bar wrap and older repacked head set. Drive train consists of a new Sram S100 Single speed crankset 175 arm length with 48t ring, New Truvativ splined BB, new Z chain, clean, crisp and silent, just attached a pair of lightly used Wellgo track style pedals. Wheelset is a pair of 36h Vuelta rims laced with stainless spokes to a pair of Vuelta cartridge bearing hubs with a 16t fixed cog and 18t freewheel. The set is wrapped in a new pair of WTB Solano 700×25 all black, has new tubes and are pumped up to 120psi, yummy and will rip up the asphalt! The machine is stopped by a pair of older (but o so nice) silver Dia-Compe brakes with new pads, cables and top bar mounted cross top pulls, just took her off of the bike stand and I am ready to release her into the wild.


Lotus “Classique” Single Speed 57cm

4 Dec

Here is a brand new build/conversion of a ’82 Lotus “Classique”.  The frame is 57 cm and was built in Japan using Ishiwata steel, fork is a black and the frame is a very cool shade of rose’ with nice steel lugs and thick horizontal dropouts.  Not a super rare frame but definitely not common, the top of the forks have a very detailed stamp of the lotus flower.  She is built up with a Shimano 105 headset, black Nitto stem, chopped and flopped bars with new thick n zesty bar tape and new pair of Cane Creek Crosstop brake pulls that are cabled to a pair of beautiful old school Diacompes that are competition grade (NGC 400 with 39-49mm reach). Sweet and period appropriate for the frame.  The drive train consists of a Superbe BB, Sugino 170mm GP crank set, specialized 46t chain ring, MKS track pedals w/chrome cages, KMZ chain and Shimano 16t freewheel and 14t fixed cog w/lockring.  The whole bike spins on a pair of wide flange Dimension hubs laced to a pair of medium V no name rims with stainless spokes with Kenda 700cX23 tires, the wheel set has not been ridden, YET!  One is able to sit on a leather Selle Flite with titanium rails and a fluted Laprade seat post, ummm yummy!