is the first of several Revelo retro bikes in the works. This is
emphatically NOT a restoration, but rather a concept bike assembled
entirely of new components. Most of the components are new-old stock;
a few are new where vintage parts are not critical to the design.
idea for this bike grew out of the Campagnolo "Sport"
3 pin cotterless steel crankset. Rather rare, the "Sport"
was introduced in 1971, and replaced by an alloy version- the "Nuovo
Gran Sport" in 1973. Although it was meant as an entry level
crankset, the "Sport" is very elegant, with super slender
arms, and the quality of finish for which Campagnolo is famous.
Already retro in 1971, it is reminiscent of the Gnutti splined cotterless
cranks of the previous era. Joel Metz of blackbirdsf.org has theorized
that both the Gnutti cotterless and the Campagnolo "Sport"
cranks were actually made by Magistroni.
acquisition of a black new-old stock frameset brought this project
into focus. It was represented by the seller as being made by the
Spanish maker Razesa. In the early '70s and early '80s, Razesa made
high end framesets for the Spanish component manufacturer Zeus,
and this frame resembles the Zeus "Victoria"- a club racer
model. It has no markings whatsoever, and inexplicably sports forged
Gipiemme dropouts rather than the expected Zeus dropouts. In any
case, the framset, though not super light by today's standards,
sports some interesting details: an unusual sloping fork crown,
and oval chainstays, suggesting Columbus tubing.
contrast between the chrome crankset and the all black frame jelled
the concept: an understated, all black and silver club racer.
shopping netted the appropriate complimentary gruppo- Campagnolo
"Gran Sport" ca.1971-1979, all new-old stock. I've always
liked the "Gran Sport" gruppo- a slightly less polished
version of the "Nuovo Record" gruppo- Campagnolo's cr¸me-de-la-cr¸me
components of the era until the introduction of the "Super
Record" gruppo in 1974. A little elbow grease and a dab of
Simichrome polish will bring these components up to full parade
dress. Campagnolo ćGran Sportä pedals proved difficult to obtain
in new-old stock condition, so I have substituted a pair of new-old
stock Zeus "Gran Sport" pedals; identical copies. Likewise,
the headset is new-old stock Zeus "Gran Sport" - correct
for the frameset.
Cinelli 1A handlebar stem probably outclasses the other components,
but to my eye, it is the quintessential stem of the era, and I happened
to have an old logo, new-old stock example on hand. It is complimented
by an Ambrosia "Campione del Mondo" handlebar wrapped
Merckx-style in black cotton tape, and capped with Velox rubber
wheels are hand-built on Campagnolo "Nuovo Tipo" hubs,
using stainless straight gauge spokes, new-old stock Rigida Red
Label rims, and shod with new Continental "Contact" 700x28c
whole ensemble is topped off with a handful of new components. A
new Brooks B17 saddle with chrome plated rivets sits on a new-old
stock Campagnolo "Gran Sport" seat pin. The nickel chrome
plated 6-speed freewheel and chain are by Interloc Racing Design.
The highly polished Honjo aluminum fenders are from Velo Orange.
graphics are intentionally understated, so as to not compete visually
with the black and silver color scheme. Short run water slide decals
for application over black paint proved to be an interesting technical
the effect is that of a European club racer as it was meant to be-
before being stripped down to full racing dress for the American
market. Straight out of the Revelo time machine- brand spanking
new, and unridden.
source of the photos: http://s89.photobucket.com/albums/k216/MrRetro57/Revelo%20No1/
on my blog: http://revelocycles.blogspot.com/