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Old 09-21-13, 06:06 AM
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I really don't like to follow an OP's link to pics and find NOTHING there ... when he/she is asking for help and advice. Excuse me — rant over!

Frame: Dunno about the chain-stays, but the forks and frame are are at least badged as Reynolds 531. The headbadge appears as the genuine Allegro head-badge. If this bike is not a forgery (doubtful) I'd say it was a very nice frame and worthy of serious consideration — IF it is your size! If it is reasonably straight and true.

Components: Whatever is badged, engraved, pantographed as Shimano and exhibits the characteristic Arabesque features ... what's to say? You want more? Vintage Dura Ace? Campy Nuovo Record? Well, for my taste, I'll take the Arabesque. Elegant, reliable, solid design, nicely manufactured — wish I had whole groups of the stuff. As a guess — looking at the blurry, single pic — the quill stem looks like SR to me. And the seat post ... dunno. The hubs look early Shimano 600. Are they really Arabesque? Not much difference anyway.

My bit of research reveals that Swiss Allegro frames go back before WWII. They gained recognition in European racing. They were sold by very few outlets in the USA. As the market was being squeezed by the MTB fad, some Allegros were sold as 'frame-only'. Lots of different stuff could have been built onto them. More research might reveal some detail as to date of manufacture and more. But what the hell? — just swallow and buy the thing. Do you think you can do better? Try getting just a decent frame and then discover what it costs to build it up. Of course, the hubs could be shot; the rims worn through; the pedals grinding on bad cones; the RD flopping with a slack spring; the frame misaligned; the headset scoured and the tubing a pile of rust inside. But if everything is cool, go for it. I would!

Offer a low ball and see where it goes. At $400 I'd buy myself an 18 year old bottle of single malt scotch and celebrate!

I'm not in the North American market, so I cannot give you an 'exact' figure.
Vitus 979, Simplon 4 Star, Gazelle Champion Mondial, Woodrup Giro, Dawes Atlantis

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