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Vintage Swiss Mairag 5 Star Bicycle with Campagnolo

Old 05-17-17, 11:03 PM
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Vintage Swiss Mairag 5 Star Bicycle with Campagnolo

I was hoping to get some more information on my Mairag bike. Hopefully the attached pictures will help.

What I know: the bottom bracket has 54 - 55 written on it (frame size I am guessing). Would love to know it's approximate age (1980s?), the type of Campagnolo groupo (Super Record?) and whether it belongs in a museum (or whether I should just enjoy riding it)? Finally, any idea how much it is worth?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-17-17, 11:40 PM
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It's not pristine (but looks gorgeous, don't get me wrong), so, unless there is something special about Mairag, you should ride it. Beautiful bike!
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Old 05-17-17, 11:55 PM
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No idea of its value, however it is obviously a very nice bike so its worth to you should be plenty to ride and enjoy it.
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Old 05-18-17, 04:13 AM
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Very nice lugwork detail...If it's really 753 you've got an excellent build, to ride.
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Old 05-18-17, 05:53 AM
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Seat lug appears to be BOCAMA Super-Leger Luxe avec deux pointes.

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Old 05-18-17, 05:59 AM
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All I can tell you is it's a freaking nice bike and needs to be ridden hard. You could probably get over $1000 for it on ebay.
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Old 05-18-17, 07:16 AM
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I've come across only a very few Mairags through the years and they rarely come up in this forum.
Looks very well made and I would not doubt that it is a 753 frame just from the quality of the build on the frameset.
Does look like it's from maybe the early to mid 80's. Campy Super Record Gruppo was the natural choice for such a bike, but I can imagine building this bike with using Swiss components too like an Edco Competiton component group and Weinmann Carrera 400 brakeset and rims to give it ore of that unique Swiss bike flavor, but it is great as it is. I really like the way that the bike looks very conservative/restrained, compared to Italian bikes that have more flamboyant aesthetics. The bike does not depend on flashy graphics and chrome like other bikes to look good, mostly just good craftsmanship. It gives it a classy personality.
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It should be 1978-1982 model year based on the Portacatena dropout, in conjunction with the Reynolds decal style. You may be able to narrow that down via component date codes on the rear derailleur, crankarms and hub locknuts, if they are OEM.
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Old 05-20-17, 08:18 PM
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Thanks for all the feedback. I checked the components for a number/date stamp but didn't find anything. Attached are some more pictures for anyone interested; pretty confident the frame truly is Reynolds 753 (the sticker on the frame looks a little haggard due to the pump rubbing against it) as there is another one on the fork. The lug work also just seems too nice for anyone to try and put some stickers on a different type of frame.

Everything seems to be Campy except for some Zeus parts (skewers, etc.) and the rims. Sounds like I should hang onto it and save it for good weather riding.

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Looks high quality for sure, both the crank and derailleur will have some date reference in this age range. Look on inside of crank and look for pat. and a year on rear derailleur. You can google Campagnolo date codes for reference of the crank or someone will chime in if you post and cannot determine.
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Finally, any idea how much it is worth?
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Value, as-is, might be around $650, max, in most markets, a bit more in a hot market
In mint condition with similarly mint Super Record components, could push it up to the high $700's.
An equivalent Italian bike from a more popular maker will always pull in more money, as collectors are usually looking for universal brand cashet, fancier lug chrome work and graphics.. The Mairag, IMO, seems to be too plain looking to break into the $1K+ club.
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Anybody know if 753 was ever sold in metric tubesets? My understanding is that many of the imperial tubed frames take a 27.4 mm seatpost due to the thinner wall of the seat tube....but that's hearsay.
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Old 05-21-17, 11:39 AM
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According to this link, 753 was only available in metric dimensions at first. Later versions were Imperial:

The Retrogrouch: Classic Tubes: Reynolds 753
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