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Old 08-30-04, 09:43 AM   #1
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70's Frejus road bike

I purchased a Frejus road bike last week and I'm looking to find out the age of the bike. The frame is blue with the head tube painted white in-between the lugs. The bike has the Torino, Tour de France head tube sticker as well as a Frejus down tube sticker in white/silver and on the seat tub there is another white Torino TDF panel sticker in white as well as a Made in Italy sticker and another sticker in Italian. The components appear to be low-end Hurret with Legnano cranks and a TTT stem. The wheels are mismatched and most likely cheap replacements (rear- Weinman 700c, front- Araya 27"). The brakes are made by universal. I really like the look and fit of the bike so to me it was worth the $40 I paid for it, so I'm not looking to know I scored an ebay gem. I actually plan on using this as my winter/wet weather ride. I bought some new Panaracer touring tires for it and some fenders (thank goodness for the long pull brakes). Everything on the bike works and I'll probably leave it as is for a while. I'll post a pic of the bike tonight. I've scoured the web for info on this brand of bikes but came up with very little. Any personal experience would be great to hear. Frejus supposedly made decent bikes back in the 70s.
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Old 08-30-04, 03:03 PM   #2
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sjt,

Where's the seat binder bolt?
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From sheldon brown's website on vintage lightweights:

Frejus
In the late 60's Frejus and Legnano bikes were very popular. They had a "Cinelliesque" seatstay attachment, fun paint with great contrasting panels, and lots of Italian character. Actually, Frejus bikes from the 50's are somewhat common in this country. The famous shop in New York run by the recently deceased Thomas Avenia was the focal point for both Frejus and Legnano bikes in this country.
Most Frejus bikes feature rather mediocre workmanship, but there are moments of precision. It doesn't matter. These were the bikes that scores or U.S racers rode during the dark days of U.S bicycle racing when a small but highly dedicated group of enthusiasts upheld the cycling faith. Besides, a clean or restored Frejus IS a beautiful bike. These bikes are collectible for all these reasons and more.

The value of an older Frejus will depend on its specific parts. An early 60's model with "raised pedal lip cranks", an original leather saddle, and other goodies, could be worth close to $ 2000. Earlier bikes with more interesting but not as rare parts perhaps $1000 - $1200. Bikes from the 60's with Record equipment are probably worth around $ 1400. Late 60's models with oilers in both the headtube and botom bracket are worth about $1300. Early 70's models with perhaps one oiler and full N.R. are worth perhaps $ 1,200.

In the early 70's, Frejus became more intertwined with Legnano (one bought the other) and certain changes were made. A head decal replaced the headbadge, an eventually the classic seat cluster. was discontinued. As the bikes become more generic, there value falls. The most bland models should be worth about $ 750.
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I had a '74 Frejus-Legnano with Reynold 531 DB, seat binder bolt inside the main triangle. Originally equipped with Universal centerpulls, 3TTT bars & stem as well. Sounds like your bike may be a year or two earlier.
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The seat binder bolt is on the backside of the seat clamp. The clamp is not integrated into the frame, it is a collar binder. This aspect of the frame leads me to believe it is probably a later 70's lower end frame. I tried to take some pics this morning but the batteries were dead in my digital camera. Will try again tonight. The wheels are at the LBS being trued and tensioned so the pics will just be of the frame.
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For me the Frejus Supercorsa 350 has been like the Holy Grail. Enjoy your Frejus. They are rare, But, mostly racing machines. GOD bless you,... and enjoy!
GRMcCoy Jackson, NJ, Atlantic City NJ, Akron, Ohio.
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for me the frejus supercorsa 350 has been like the holy grail. Enjoy your frejus. They are rare, but, mostly racing machines. God bless you,... And enjoy!
Grmccoy jackson, nj, atlantic city nj, akron, ohio.
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For forty bucks ...you got a heckuva deal. Check out the Frejus page on Classic Rendezvous. You may find your bike or a similar one there. Probably a Tour de France model.
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