Classic & Vintage - anyone familiar with Saint Tropez bicycles?
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I have a mid-80's Japanese road bike called a Saint Tropez. I'm thinking the name was maybe associated with some prestigious European make from the 50's or 60's. The frame on mine is very similar to other Japanese bikes from this period: the tubing is Tange, the frame is reasonably stout with good build quality, the color a white to red fade with a cheezy decal on the top tube says "La Mirage". It has short quality rear dropouts with adjuster screws, the headtube has a cursive "ST" on it. I'm thinking of painting it. Any info would be appreciated. I don't know how to post photos here yet, otherwise I would provide pics.
03-03-06, 03:51 PM
Sorry, it's just a standard road frame from that era. St. Tropez made a lot of real entry level bikes back then.
Where are they now? It's anybodies guess. But if your frame is straight, it should be worth fixing & riding, just nothing "European" about it.
If you do rebuild it & need paint (hint, hint), e me!
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I'd like to have it professionally repainted sometime. I might get a spray gun from Harbor Freight and try it myself. I already have a sandblaster and have sandblasted a friend's Gitane then primered and painted it with spray paint. It looked fair...not great but passable. The sandblasting is easy, I would be curious about home powdercoating kits. That red to white fade is very 1980's oblsolete :cry: .
The St. Tropezs I remember were junk. We carried those bikes briefly at the LBS I worked at back in the '90's. One guy bought one and was going to take it to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennesse. The brakes were so bad that I think that would have been suicide!
Mine isn't junk. It came with very early Shimano 105 parts. The rear freehub is a 6 speed uniglide cassette. The 105 crank had those goofy biopace chainrings. It had 105 pedals with plastic toe clips and straps, it had a shortish 9cm black ano Nitto stem and matching black Nitto 42cm bars. Some of the parts I'm still using, most of the parts are in my "Bike Rehab" box. I really think that those 1980's era Tange "triple butted" frames are pretty decent. That's why I kept the bike and have gotten some decent use out of it. The original 105 single pivot brake calipers and aero levers are the best brakes I have on any of my road bikes, really great feel and fast stopping. I've since put a Deore LX headset on it, Ultegra 6503 triple crank, 6503 front derailleur and Dura Ace 7703 octalink bottom bracket, Deore LX medium cage rear derailleur, Salsa quill stem, Cinelli handlebars, Control Tech seatpost and Turbomatic 2 saddle. I'm still using the original 6 speed indexed drivetrain with the 105 6 speed downtube shifters and the 6 speed cassette. The drivetrain works pretty good with the 6 speed rear cassette (13-26) along with the Ultegra 6503 triple crank (30-42-53) and a SRAM PC-68 chain.
03-03-06, 11:09 PM
I bought one new in 1982 that was a real dud, but I didn't know any better and couldn't afford the Schwinn LeTour that I really wanted. The Saint Tropez was sold through a Schwinn dealer in Seaford NY (Sunrise Schwinn). It was on par with a Continental or Varsity, but had no panache like the Schwinns did. Mine was (is, as my brother still rides it) a Saint Tropez 420 model, but I don't know what 420 meant. I do know that my friend's Varisty coasted down hills faster than my bike. Surprising to hear that there was a quality model produced.
03-05-06, 10:18 AM
The St. Tropez brand was sold by a mid-level bike and parts wholesaler out of Long Island, New York in the mid-80's. From what I remember of these bikes they were of very low quality and made in Taiwan, just a cut above department store quality. I am surprised that they made a better quality model, but many brands made models from soup to nuts.
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