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Circa 1970s Zeus

Old 09-24-15, 09:59 PM
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Circa 1970s Zeus

What is the value of this Zeus purchased from Vinsentin's Bike Store in Oyster Bay Long Island sometime in the 1970s?

Dimensions:
  • Seat tube: 22 in
  • Top tube: 22 in
  • Front Sprockets: 52 & 43 teeth
  • Rear Sprockets: 25 teeth largest, 15 teeth smallest
  • Down tube: 24 in
  • Head tube 5.25 in
  • Handlebar outer-to-outer 15.5 in
  • Wheels: 64 cm dia
  • Tube measurements are center to center

Components:
  • Tubing: Durifort tubes and fork
  • Brakes: Zeus 2000
  • Rims: Mavic Championnat Du Monde sew-ups
  • Rear Derailleur: Zeus Criterium
  • All other parts simply say Zeus

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It has not been ridden in a number of decades. It has been stored indoors suspended from a padded hook on the front wheel.

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pictures not displaying for me. likely a browser issue at my end. download function does not operate either.

are you able to post them into the thread?

importer of bicycle was likely Zeus Cyclery Corporation of NYC.
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Not sure these will be as high res as drop box, but here they are:

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13-10 Zeus 01 Profile.jpg (84.5 KB, 217 views)
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13-10 Zeus Brake Lever 1.jpg (32.0 KB, 194 views)
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13-10 Zeus Brake Lever 2.jpg (21.8 KB, 197 views)
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13-10 Zeus Front Hub.jpg (38.1 KB, 192 views)
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13-10 Zeus Head Tube.jpg (38.4 KB, 195 views)
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13-10 Zeus Mavic Rim.jpg (37.0 KB, 193 views)
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13-10 Zeus Pedal.jpg (45.4 KB, 192 views)
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Looks like only the first 12 are allowed in one post. Here are the remainder:

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13-10 Zeus Seat Tube Label.jpg (31.3 KB, 184 views)
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That appears to be the top of the line Zeus. And in THE color for 70's bikes. That's a treasure. You would get a lot of interest in that bike if you were to put on ebay. I think $800-1000 for that bike.
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Originally Posted by big chainring
That appears to be the top of the line Zeus. And in THE color for 70's bikes. That's a treasure. You would get a lot of interest in that bike if you were to put on ebay. I think $800-1000 for that bike.
+1

thank you for the help with the photos.

this is a most excellent piece in very fine condition and all completely original.

zeus fans will love this bike!
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super nice and rare
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Have never owned anything Zeus and don't know the quality of the tubeset either, but it is not often that you see an all original Zeus. Definitely worth a full clean-up and e-bay listing, put it at $1500 buy it now.What is the saddle?
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
What is the saddle?
likely a zeus badged arius. it even has the zeus version of the vittoria fulmine.
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The bike wins points based on rarity and it has, as others have said, a number of cool features.

That said, I don't think this is as high end as the other posters have suggested.

Durifort is not, I believe, a high end tubing set:

VeloBase.com - View Single Frame Part

I could be wrong on this but my understanding is that this was not a top end tubing set.

I know Zeus components came at different quality levels, ZEUS Componentry

Sweet bike and it may be worth a lot to a collector. Still you can get a heck of a vintage bike at $1500 and I don't think this bike is worth that valuation.

To the OP: the AD vent noir was your bike as well? You have good taste in bikes; I'd be really happy to own either of the two bikes you have posted in the C&V valuation.

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Originally Posted by juvela
likely a zeus badged arius. it even has the zeus version of the vittoria fulmine.
Sounds like a reasoned answer. I believe it is the original saddle that came with the bike. Next time I go to my parents I will look under the saddle for any additional markings.

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Originally Posted by bikemig
To the OP: the AD vent noir was your bike as well? You have good taste in bikes; I'd be really happy to own either of the two bikes you have posted in the C&V valuation.
Thank you for your compliments.

I would be more than happy to discuss this with you off-line. Please PM with an alt contact method. Unfortunately I do not have anywhere near 50 posts and I cannot send messages.
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Originally Posted by bikemig
Sweet bike and it may be worth a lot to a collector. Still you can get a heck of a vintage bike at $1500 and I don't think this bike is worth that valuation.

To the OP: the AD vent noir was your bike as well? You have good taste in bikes; I'd be really happy to own either of the two bikes you have posted in the C&V valuation.
I agree that an ebay BIN for $1500 is not what the seller is likely to get, but the Zeus components will bring out serious offers; thereby confirming what the larger buying community is willing to pay. Thoroughly cleaned and shiny will help the price.

This is another example (from the subject of another thread) that parting out is sweet sorrow, but the road to maximizing the financial return.

Totally agree that the Puch/AD & Zeus are most unique and the beginning of a excellent collection.
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Originally Posted by justaguy168
Sounds like a reasoned answer. I believe it is the original saddle that came with the bike. Next time I go to my parents I will look under the saddle for any additional markings.
you may discover the only marking to be a "made in spain"

here is the zeus replica of the vittoria fulmine -

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Looks complete, nice piece.
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Originally Posted by juvela
here is the zeus replica of the vittoria fulmine -

Learn something new every day..... I want/need one.
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