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94 Eisentraut TIG-Welded Road Bike

Old 09-08-10, 07:07 AM
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94 Eisentraut TIG-Welded Road Bike

I went over to look at this bike yesterday afternoon and was completely awed. I'd heard of Eisentrauts naturally, but had never seen one before and in the last week have seen two. The first was a lugged frame that was in horrible, almost unrecognizable shape but the owner was getting ready to send it off to an Eisentraut protege for a full rework. This one was in it's full glory and something beautiful to behold as the craftsmanship was incredible and the build components really stood out. The owner has lost his job and needs to start lightening the boat to keep it afloat and has his regrets but is a willing seller.

As for me, I'm happy to report at 54cm the frame is too small for me because if it wasn't, I wouldn't be posting here I'd be sitting with the loan officer at my credit union trying to get enough money to make the buy. Just curious how those with more experience and expertise would value this bike. Here's what the owner has to say:

"I chose a TIG welded instead of lugged frame for the weight reduction, but had the Rainbow Traut decals put on by special request. Very clean and well-cared for, with only a few small nicks and scratches-this bike is a little bit art and a little race, and very collectible. Super svelte and beautiful frame with tight clearances throughout. Lunar yellow Imron paint. Anti-Shimano build with full Mavic 631/637(?) group and down tube shifters, big milled 'starfish' crank, custom built Mavic SUP wheels with Mavic 571/2 hubs, Mavic stem and handlebar, American Classic seatpost and Sella Turbomatic 2 saddle."

It's definitely for sale and he's supposed to be sending me some high-res images, but take it from me it's absolutely gorgeous. I'd be willing to facilitate for someone with the urge and deep pockets.
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Choosing a tigged assembly from Eisentraut for the weight reduction just does not wash for me.

Eisentraut was made famous by victories and paper thin lug work... craftsmanship, and he went tig?

Something Kilgore Traut would do.

A very clean Lugged "A" frame sold on ebay recently for under $1,200. This economy has presented its problems to holders of vintage bikes. I don't think the market will judge this one as well. Eisentraut will not be remembered for tig later on. This has nothing to do with the capabilities of the bike, just the market.
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