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Old 06-20-17, 06:05 AM
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Reynolds 531 Renovated Bike??

I recently acquired a Reynolds 531 Renovated frame. I know the 531 renovated decal means its been resprayed from an older frame, I'm trying to find out what type of 531 frame it was? The frame is very light.

Im a little confused because the rear dropouts are Shimano EF and front Shimano.

Does anyone know if this is a real Reynolds 531 frame?

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Old 06-20-17, 06:39 AM
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I know of no way to ensure it is Reynolds 531 other than to strip the paint and check the stampings at the ends of the tubes. Checking the seat post size will increase your confidence level somewhat but it's not a definitive test. It also has investment cast bridges which are typical of higher grade frames.

The repaint decals were issued only to Reynolds builders as a way to control the legitimacy of repainted frames back in the day. These days, anybody can reproduce a decal but in the 1980s Reynolds closely guarded the issuing a decals. There's no reason to believe it's not real and consequently, the likelihood of not being 531 is remote.

Based on the serial number format, it's likely from a limited volume builder and probably local to Australia. The first character may be the year indicator, as this was a fairly common format with smaller builders.

Frame features such as the dual water bottle bosses and pump peg suggest no earlier than circa 1985 but these may have been upgrades packaged with the repaint. Regardless, we know it's no older than 1980 as that was the year that Shimano introduced the EF dropouts and the probability of these not being original is negligible. By the 1980s many of the smaller, non-European builders were using Shimano (and SunTour) dropouts. The repaint was done no earlier than 1983 based on the decal style and fade paint schemes were popular in the late 1980s, so it's likely a repaint from that period, with the frame being somewhat older.

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Old 06-20-17, 09:18 AM
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I would agree considering it is a limited production Australian built frame the combination of nicer Japanese frame parts dropouts and Reynolds tubing are right for an 80's build. Based on the very nice build quality I would have no reason to doubt it is authentic.
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The first question that came to my mind - what about the brazing differences on the fork ends- the fishmouth, versus no fishmouth on the dropouts.

Possible reason for repaint, needed new fork to match?
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