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Old 09-22-07, 02:00 AM   #1
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ok my fellow experts! here,s a frame i got today and have no idea about but it seems top quality to me ! the facts = make "Abeni " , made in Italy BUT it,s Reynolds 531 butted steel, with campy dropouts and headset,tapered front forks with big "A" in sloping crown, Italian tricolor sticker on seatpost with a kangaroo in the middle (guy i got frame from said it was made in Italy for a bike shop in Sydney Australia ) which seems to make sense, also has name "abeni" in seat lug, thats about it guys,and YES as soon as the rain stops i WILL take pics and post them for you all (i promise, lol) I got lots of other thing,s from same guy today , will post full list in COTD but best of all i got it all for FREE !
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It is raining in Queensland?

This excerpt was taken from the canberra bike museum website. The bike you have is most likely made in Australia, not Italy.. Which is a good thing. These bikes were also made from 531.

Europa Cycles and Pulteney St Cycles, Adelaide SA
by Frank Kovacs
Elan was Pulteney Street Cycles own brand from around 1986 until around 1993 when they ceased trading in South Australia. Pulteney St. Cycles were the trading name for Abeni Corp. Australia, previously trading as Europa Cycles, at Morphett Street Adelaide, from around 1978 to 1985. In between the two moves, they were located in a small shop on Pulteney Street, near the south east corner of Rundle Street, for about a year, trading as Pulteney Street Cycles. The Abeni, Europa, & Elan, were quality lightweight steel racing frames built in-house in Australia, by Abeni. These frames usually used Reynolds 531 tubing, and were custom built, generally equipped with quality European parts such as Ofmega, & Campagnolo Gran Sport, Triomph & Victory, with the Elan, being the latest incarnation, more likely to be equipped with Shimano. These components were also equipped to Italian made Technotrat frames with Falk CroMoly tubing, that continued to be marketed as Europa, alongside Elan, when they moved to Pulteney Street. They were the largest retailer of new Colnago frames & Campagnolo equipment, in Adelaide, and always had a large amount of stock on show, which made them a very interesting shop to visit.

There is also an abeni company in Taiwan... I am not sure if they have any relation to the one in Australia, but I don't think so.. The website says they have been around for 17 years, and now have a factory in China which produces its low end models. http://www.abeni.com.tw/asp/pro01.asp
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So unless Adelaide is part of Italy, and not a state in Australia, I think the person who sold it to you was blowing smoke. But I am no expert.

Just be happy that it was made in Australia.. the greatest producer of bikes and vegemite in the world.

It is also known that Italians do not put kangaroo badges on bikes - they prefer aeroplanes and clover leaves.
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I,m so glad that a frame of this quality is one of our,s mate ! and yes it,s been raining most of the day -yippeeeee !
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I am not 100% it is one of ours.. but pretty close based on the info I found.. Can't wait to see the pictures.
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That is a really great looking frame. Are you going to build it up?? What a great find.. I like the chrome stays and fork combination. The colour also looks good with it, and ofcourse the kangaroo logo.
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I,m so glad that a frame of this quality is one of our,s mate ! and yes it,s been raining most of the day -yippeeeee !
Hey! Your apostrophes are "down under!"
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So that explains it!

Nice bike, ozneddy...I also really like the 'roo logo.

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Build it up ? OH boy am i gunna build it up lol
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Looks like a keeper for sure!
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