is my 1975 Raysport.
frame was recently purchased NOS from Bicycle Classics. The frame
is a Cinelli Super Corsa copy with tightened geometry and vertical
dropouts. They were commissioned as a house brand for A-1 Bicycle
Sales & Service in Kirkwood, Missouri owned by the late Raymond
J. "Ray" Florman. An
internet search will bring information on the amazing career of
this great man.
frame was hand built in Mexico by Ian Alsop (a British cycling champion,
former Olympian (1968 Mexico) and last I heard still competing successfully
in Masters mountain bike.). Tubes are custom drawn Reynolds 531,
lugs are Prugnat Type "S", fork crown is an internally lugged fully
sloping Cinelli, dropouts are Campagnolo. The only braze-ons are
a set of downtube bottle mounts and a cable stop on the chainstay.
build started out as period piece, but became a little eclectic
instead. The frame has been respaced to 130mm, from what I've read
I think Ray would understand. The saddle is a Brooks Team Pro on
a Kalloy 27.2 post, Handlebars are Sakae "Road Champion" on a "Made
in England" stem, brakes are Shimano "600" side pulls, levers are
Dia-Compe Weinmann copies, shifters Suntour "Power", Cables are
retained and directed by Campagnolo hardware, bottle cage generic
aluminum, Front Derailleur Suntour "ARX", Rear Shimano "105" with
pulleys swapped, Crank Sugino "GT" with 52 and 36 tooth rings on
Shimano UN53 BB, Cassette is a Ultegra 12-23 9speed, Wheels are
Mavic CXP-22 on Shimano 2200 hubs (A Nashbar bargain originally
intended for another bike), Tires are Continental Ultrasport 700x23c.
whole thing without waterbottle or bag, tips the "not for trade"
fish scale at 21lbs 9oz, not bad for no "weight weenie" parts. Maximum
tire size would probably be 28mm. As one would guess with the short
wheelbase there is already considerable toeclip overlap, and a rear
fender would be difficult to mount even with Adel clamps or zipties
but given the nature of the bike these can't really be seen as faults.
The bike rides very well and seems to cope with bumps better than
my other bike with a 38" wheelbase. So far with about 200km over
the weekend on it seems well suited for fast country rides which
was my intent.
Marcus was kind enough to forward more info
on Raysport Bicycles which can be viewed here.