for the pending new year.
I have been messing with a single bike over the fall and winter - a 1998 Harry Havnoonian Corsa 700. It is steel (reynolds 525), and has shifter bosses. I very much like the way that the bike rides and fits. I have too many bikes. So I decided to focus on just this one.
Wait! This is about vintage, uh, retro-vintage, um, Reverso-Vintage. No one likes old steel better'n me. This is an experiment, old-school approach to new stuff. Configure new stuff to work like it usta. So...this bike is steel, has down-tube shifters, and had tubulars until I came to the realization that the wheel/tire combination that I was using was heavier than the newer campy clinchers that are on it.
Some of you remember the thread about the 10-speed downtube shifters, last fall. Well, here they are. I had to spring for a real campy cluster before they would work without error, but that is all. For those who don't remember that thread - these are 10-speed bar end shifters that have had their bar end adapters removed. Nothing extra was added, and they work swell.
Last year I had the idea to see how far I could push steel into the realm of really light weight. This bike was dressed in Campy Chorus 8 speed stuff, mostly...Campy Electron clincher wheels. Zepp bars and stem. Very appropriate for a 10-year old bike, except for the downtube shifters.
I found that, if you shop carefully, and especially if you can find individual sales items late at night, you can buy most everything at 50% of retail, or less. Still makes for an expensive bike, but nothing compared to a new one.
The cranks are carbon, but they would be no real suprise to a bike mechanic from the late 70's. They have a square taper cartridge bottom bracket, and conventional tools work on 'em. In fact, the whole bike uses conventional tools, except for the danged Campy Ultra chain. Those things are a piece of work and I don't think I can recommend 'em.
The seat is a titanium SLR...and it weighs just about as much as the bag loops on a B-17. But...really...it is way more comfortable than the titanium Swallow on the Hetchins (but that isn't broken in, yet, so I still have high hopes for it...)
The whole bike, with Schwalbe Ultremo tires and tubes, weighs about 16.7 lb, without pedals (the bastads always weigh the new bikes without pedals, so I can too.) I really don't think that I can get any more weight off of this without resorting to drillium. Probably not too good an idea for carbon fiber.
Oh, and at least half of the brake setup is exactly vintage. The rear brake from the new campy record group is a conventional sidepull. No dual pivot, no nuttin'. I think campy was motivated to save some weight. Imagine that. It works great, btw.
So, let the flames begin! and a very merry Christmas, to you and yours. Many happy miles in the new year!