So, I have this 55cm Eisentraut Limited for sale. Serial says it was made in 1976, and would make a perfect L'Eroica ride (or similar) for someone who fits it. At 55cm CTC square, it's simply too short for me.
The Limited was the Eisentraut 'production' model, with spade-shaped lug windows and over-the-BB guides welded to the bottom bracket (unlike Type A's which had the guide cast as part of the BB itself). Very nicely made with a flat top fork crown and one set of bottle cage bolts. This particular bike was used by the PO as a commuter for the past several years but it held up very well.
I've stripped it down to the bare frame & inspected everything and it's in pretty darn nice shape. Frame itself has two very shallow dings: one you can barely see on the top tube and one under the shifter clamp on the down tube. Neither is problematic (even by my high standards), but both could be easily filled and sanded when the frame is refinished. And it WILL need to be refinished, either painted or powder coated. because right now it sports a low gloss black rattle can paint job. Campagnolo dropouts, 120/100 spacing.
Comes with a pretty complete Galli groupset, which was probably original equipment. I've disassembled, cleaned and polished most everything in the group and must say it came out very, very well. To me, looks similar to the same period Campagnolo. Standard crankset (170), Clamp on FD, RD jockey wheels spin nicely and have plenty of life left, Campagnolo 112 spindle (some pitting but not bad) and Galli cups (English threading), brakes were completely disassembled, cleaned, polished and adjusted and work fine. Cleaned and repacked the hubs, cones were showing some pitting but they feel smooth and I suspect Campy cones would fit; races looked very good. Brake levers show some scratches but nothing too deep and have DC hoods in good shape. Huret shifters were completely disassembled, cleaned and adjusted and work very well. Considering that it shifted and braked well before all of this work, I think it's reasonable to expect top tier performance from all of this stuff now.
If I were going to build it, I'd put those hubs on a nice set of 36 hole clincher rims with Panaracer Pasela 28's, get a set of Scott Maathauser brake pads, a 13/28 Shimano 6 speed freewheel, have the seatpost reamed out from 27.0 to 27.2 (easier to find nicer seatposts in that size), use a set of Cinelli bars and stem, find a nice headset (stack not an issue, it had a Tange Falcon on it), and have the frame powder coated, then new decals from Velocal. With a Turbo saddle and some nice top tube housing clamps on new cables and housing, it would look and ride very nicely indeed.
Right now it's in 'kit' form, and I can sell it one of several ways:
- One is as it is- you buy the needed pieces & complete the build, price is $300 plus shipping (cost will vary based on destination but figure $60 all the way to the west coast, less in between).
- Second is as it is but with an additional SR Apex crankset and correct size bottom bracket with 48/34 rings for $375 plus shipping. The SR looks very period correct and will give you more gearing options for Eroica type events.
- Third is for me buy the needed parts & build it for you, in your choice of colors. Final price dependent on some variables that cannot be controlled, but ballpark could easily hit $1000, as I tend to do things the right way and that's not always inexpensive.
Questions? Shoot me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or cell/text at 7039873346 (I'm in VA). Show up with this at a vintage event and enjoy instant street cred, total reliability, and a smooth & quick ride.
Now for the all-important pics: