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    Finally.. my 1981 Viscount racer

    Hi Guys

    As promised, here are the pics of my Viscount. Its 1981 I think according to the frame sticker and the model is '600ax'. She has got a bit scruffy as I havent seen her for 4 years but I have already got the handlebars and brakes off to clean, lube and polish.

    Still got the 'aerodynamic' bottle on it too! And the pump which about doubles the bikes weight!

    Sorry if the images are too big - I did optimise them.

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    Very nice. I've never seen a lugged 'Viscount', I thought they were all fillet brazed
    (but have seen lugged lamberts). The pantograph on the fork crown is interesting
    not one I'd seen before either. Wonder if this was European only offering?

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    Love your Viscount!!
    Are these the original brakes?
    Never seen those before.

    I got 2, including a 1980, but the components are much different.


    This is my 1980 model as bought.
    Now has 105 chain-set etc., (+ the lights/dynamo have been removed!!!) but pictured are the original components I believe.
    Looks different now + I will post pics when I get the time

    This is my 75(ish) everyday rider, upgraded a little, Mavic MA3 wheels for example, but a really nice usable machine:





    Maybe we got a Viscount thread going here?
    And about time too.
    They are much under-rated machines in my humble opinion.

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    sadly the paint has flaked a little in places. I am hoping to give her a good clean and sort this week though. Been trying to locate the manual for it, no luck so far...

    And yes! She is absolutely standard! Except for the bar tape anyhoo. I know this for a fact as I had it off my bro who got it brand new in 81.

    PS Loving the 75 one! Nice colour too.
    Last edited by robsa; 10-22-07 at 10:09 AM.

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    Ah, so it's 600AX and not Dura-Ace AX. Not as collectible, but almost identical and still very nice.

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    I've never seen a Viscount like this one before, do you think it's made-in-Japan, T-Mar?
    Is there a tubing sticker on it, anywhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
    Ah, so it's 600AX and not Dura-Ace AX. Not as collectible, but almost identical and still very nice.
    So it would seem. I do apologise for 'bigging myself up'!! It definitely had 'Dura ace' written on the manual though. Swines, leading me down the path...

    So what are the differences? Trust me to have the one 'nobody wants'...!

    Oh silly me, yes. It does have a frame sticker on it. I will look tomorrow if I remember. Just says something like 'Viscount chrome molybdenum tubing' or something. Does this sound right? Its very light.

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    By 1981, Lambert/Viscount had been acquired by Yamaha, and that's the year they did the recall of the original aluminum death forks. More on that on Sheldon Brown's site: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/lambert.html

    According to the info on the Classic Rendezvous Lambert page, the last models were made in Japan and Taiwan: http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Bri...bert_bikes.htm

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    So what are the differences? Trust me to have the one 'nobody wants'...!


    Who cares what 'nobody wants?'
    If it's good for you, it's goooood.
    Enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lotek View Post
    Very nice. I've never seen a lugged 'Viscount', I thought they were all fillet brazed
    (but have seen lugged lamberts). The pantograph on the fork crown is interesting
    not one I'd seen before either. Wonder if this was European only offering?

    Marty
    I'm building up a lugged viscount at my shop. It's nice and pretty light. It was donated to us in pretty good condition with Shimano 600 parts. I will probably sell it for 40 or 50 bucks. It's a 49 or 50 cm seattube if a small person is looking for a road bike.

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    Yes, thank you, you are right. I took the bars and brakes all apart and cleaned and polished it all and put on new handlebar tape. She looks nice now.

    I was looking at modern racers and the brakes on them looked really cheapo compared to mine and the bikes were around the $900 mark. Made me realise I should be happy with my Viscount!

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    You should be happy with your Viscount, if it is in order.
    They are much under-rated, fine machines and so cheap 'cos of the suicide forks stuff.
    They'll be appreciated in time.

    Meanwhile we can enjoy them and wait for the others to realise

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    Quote Originally Posted by viscount View Post
    They are much under-rated, fine machines and so cheap 'cos of the suicide forks stuff.
    I dont think mine has the dodgy forks has it? Can you tell from the pictures?

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    Rob,

    Nope you don't have the dodgy fork. The death fork (as it's affectionately known) was a cast
    aluminium fork with semi sloping crown. Not only was it Dodgy, sometimes it went wonky on ya!
    btw, I commuted for 2 years on a Viscount with death fork and lived to tell!
    here's a picture (courtesy Classic Rendezvous) of the death fork:


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    My light (cerulean) blue Viscount (above) has the same shape forks.
    But the lower chromed parts are the give-away.

    Was one on ebay recently with the aluminium forks and the guy was using it as an 'asset' to try to sell it!!
    Anyways the death fork syndrome ensures they will be cheap for a good while yet.
    So enjoy before the rest realise.
    And prices go up.

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