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Old 12-11-11, 07:30 PM
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Swinnerton info wanted.

I bought a nice Swinnerton road bike at an auction ($205) on Saturday and even though I have never heard of Swinnerton, I bought the bike anyway because the frame looked really nice (though neglected) and it had C-Record groupset on it.




Today as I was striping the bike for cleaning, I noticed a small rust hole on the non-drive side chainstay near the BB. From the picture, is it repairable? Can I spot weld over it and grind it down smooth? Also there is a dent on the top tube, about 1 1/2 inches long near the middle of the tube (length wise).



Also, does anyone know where I can get some info on Swinnerton bikes? The frame is made with Columbus Max tubing, has a braze-on front derailleur, Campagnolo drop outs, complete (except wheels) C-Record groupset with Delta brakes, downtube 7 speed indexed shifters.

There is an oval sticker on the rear just below the seat that says "Prodotti Speciali" with Campagnolo in the middle. Is this a significant sticker, or just marketing?


Many Thanks for the info,
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Old 12-11-11, 07:45 PM
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Repairs will probably not be worthwhile on this unknown frame. The rust hole is particularly worrisome.

Still a score though, lots of great parts. Front wheel alone is probably worth close to $100 on ebay. Aerobars aren't cheap either, even used on craigslist I rarely see them for less than $50. Obviously the Campy is a gold mine.

Then put some junk components on and use it as a commuter?
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205 is a great deal ona C-rec group. too bad about the frame. if there are some builders near you it can't hurt to have the frame looked at. if it is MAX it may be fixable but wether you care to spend the money is the issue
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Anyway, I got a hold of Swinnerton through Facebook and sent them the serial # and some pics of the frame. This is what they sent back...

Hi Ian, this frame was one of the 1st frames to built in the UK with Columbus Max tubing & power forks. The whole back end was chromed then painted over, this particular frame was built for John Herety, former UK road race rider, Tour de France rider and current Rapha-Condor-Sharp Team Manager. It was originally built using Campagnolo Record Through out and was used in our shop Catalog.

They also concur that the frame can not be repaired. I will check out the frame and see the extent of the rust and then contact some welding shops and see if any of them can braze it closed. No harm in trying.

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Are the forks worth selling?




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Originally Posted by w98seeng View Post
Are the forks worth selling?
Absolutely. If it was a threadless fork with a long steerer tube I'd ask you how much you want for it, but since it's threaded its use is limited to a frame with the correct length head tube.

Probably the coolest looking steel fork I've ever seen.
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Originally Posted by FastJake
Probably the coolest looking steel fork I've ever seen.
Swinnerton calls them power forks.

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I pretty sure several companies made power forks that where pretty much solid metal rather tubular. I always thought these type forks looked cool also.
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