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Old 10-26-12, 03:20 AM
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Zeus Vintage and Model..?

I was lucky enough to get this old Zeus the other day. I am trying to decide to build or sell, at this time. To make that decision, I need to know the vintage and, hopefully, model of the bicycle, so that I can consider the costs of what I would need to collect all the original components. So...

Have a look at these pictures and, if you can, help me figure out how old the bike is (my guess is mid to late seventies) and what model it might be. Thanks.







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Old 10-27-12, 09:51 AM
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I place this pre-1974 based of the style of the Reynolds and Zeus decals. However, there were relatively few lightweights sold in Canada in the 1960s, so it's almost certainly circa 1970-1973. Offhand, I'm not sure of the model. I'll have a look though my files and see if I can find anything.
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Thanks T-Mar and I concur with your estimate of vintage. I found a page on a 1974 Zeus Criterium and my bike is remarkably similar.


My bicycle, however, is fitted with some Zeus 2000 components, making me wonder if it might be a different model. Either way, this old Zeus is one of the prettiest bicycles I have found.
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Today I got a call from the fellow who traded me the Zeus. He said he found some stuff for the bike and I could come over and pick them up. This is what was in the plastic bag...







...Ideal saddle with alloy rails and in nice unbroken-in condition, a Selle Italia Anatomic saddle, a set of Campy pedals with Mura Light Alloy traps and Christophe Plus straps, a Schwinn Authorized Dealer sign, and a bunch of Zeus NOS tools.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
...Ideal saddle with alloy rails and in nice unbroken-in condition, a Selle Italia Anatomic saddle, a set of Campy pedals with Mura Light Alloy traps and Christophe Plus straps, a Schwinn Authorized Dealer sign, and a bunch of Zeus NOS tools.
Wow. Always a pleasant suprise when sellers mention that may have some 'old parts' lying around and include them in the deal.

Doesn't look like you're missing that much to bring it back to life.

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Doesn't look like you're missing that much to bring it back to life.
I am not missing much but the much I am missing is too costly for me to consider. With that in mind, and considering the bike is too small, I intend to find a new home for it and all the stuff that goes with it.
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Sorry Randy, but I haven't been able to find what I'm looking for. Somewhere around here I have some boom era British magazines which had multi-page Zeus advertistements. However, I can't find them right now. Of course, I'll find them the moment you sell it.
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Thanks T-Mar and don't kill yourself over this. I am pretty sure that the bike is early seventies, based on research success. How I wish this one would fit. If it did fit, I would have already ordered the Zeus components I need.
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