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Is this really a Zeus?

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Old 07-12-18, 10:44 PM
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Is this really a Zeus?

Because if it is he only only wants $150 and I hear that's a great deal!
I'm worried it just has Zeus parts and isn't actually a Zeus frame.
guy selling claims it's a Zeus but headbadge doesnt show up in headbadge history for Zeus. (Which probably is my answer...)

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Old 07-12-18, 10:49 PM
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Yes, it is a real Arregui.

Tubeset is likely Durifort.

Chainset is later than cycle.

Possible finish original. This was one of the stock colours in the late '60's.

Transfers were foil type, so easily removed without disturbing paint finish.

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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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Yes, it is a real Arregui.

Tubeset is likely Durifort.

Chainset is later than cycle.

Possible finish original. This was one of the stock colours in the late '60's.

Transfers were foil type, so easily removed without disturbing paint finish.

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Thanks!
Im unfamiliar with that brand and that tube set. Quick google search seems to point to lower end type tubing, and I couldn't find anything on the brand you mention.
do you have any other info on the maker?
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Nicholas Arregui was the founder of Zeus in 1926. http://www.disraeligears.co.uk/Site/...railleurs.html

The company name was Arregui & Zeus depending, while the product names were Alfa & Zeus.

Non-original fittings -

chainset, original would have been Zeus Gran Sport/Criterium

brakeset, originals would have been Super Alfa centrepull

rear mech, original would have been Zeus Criterium 69

saddle, original would have been Zeus marked Arius

gear block

​​​​​​​model name of bicycle likely "Professional" - not the top model

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Nicholas Arregui was the founder of Zeus in 1926. Zeus derailleurs

The company name was Arregui & Zeus depending, while the product names were Alfa & Zeus.

Non-original fittings -

chainset, original would have been Zeus Gran Sport/Criterium

brakeset, originals would have been Super Alfa centrepull

rear mech, original would have been Zeus Criterium 69

saddle, original would have been Zeus marked Arius

gear block

model name of bicycle likely "Professional" - not the top model

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Wow interesting stuff!
Would you say it's worth it for this price?
how low end was this model?
I was looking for a higher end type of light steel or chromally tubing but it's tough to pass up something rare.
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it is about one or two models down from the top of its day

likely hails from late 1960's - could be very early 1970's

Durifort is quality tubing

if you are tubing concerned then it is up to you to learn about it...

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To OP, aren’t you the one with the Quinn that is too small? I don’t think this will fit you any better. Could be you’re looking to flip?
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To OP, arenít you the one with the Quinn that is too small? I donít think this will fit you any better. Could be youíre looking to flip?
yup that's me. Dave comes in at 55.5cm.
I'm waiting on frame size for this bike. I had thought from eyeballing it in comparison to its 27" tires I'd be closer to the 24 or so inches I need.
it sounds like I'm off base though...
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yup that's me. Dave comes in at 55.5cm.
I'm waiting on frame size for this bike. I had thought from eyeballing it in comparison to its 27" tires I'd be closer to the 24 or so inches I need.
it sounds like I'm off base though...
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machine appears to be ~55cm c-t-t.

original wheels 700 tubular - not 27" (Zeus Gran Sport large flange 36 hole QR hubs with Akront tubular rims)

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Gotcha ouch.
Well that's that I suppose.
Thanks for the help guys!
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Nice bike worth about the asking price price in current condition. As for size I would agree that it 55/57cm bike about 55 high and 57 long wich was pretty much standard for a medium frame set at the time so likely to small for the OP.
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Old 07-13-18, 10:25 AM
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Realized I didnt post the link.
if anyone else is based out of pdx and really wants a Zeus its here
https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/d/vintage-zeus-road-bike/6641779096.html
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The pacific coast of the U.S. had two Zeus importers around this time.

One was West Coast Cycle Supply of Los Angeles and the other was D-I-N Sales Co. of Mountain View, California.

There is a good likelihood the subject machine came from one of these companies.


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