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Old 04-23-16, 06:02 PM
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Gitane Professional Super Corsa project frame

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Time to get rid of projects I know I will never finish. This one is a Gitane Professional Super Corsa frame. This was the top of their line. It is early 70s, probably 73. 56cm ctc seat and top tubes. Campy dropouts. I believe metric Reynolds 531 and french threading. 120mm rear dropout spacing. Frame is in great shape, no dents, no dings, in good alignment, no rust. Very good chrome. It came to me in fairly bad shape cosmetically. Badly burned paint, chips and scrapes all over and some surface rust. I was going to do a full restoration on this one. But other stuff came up. I soda blasted the frame to bare metal, primed it and put a coat of rattle can "candy apple red" which turned out more pink than red. So I put a terrible rattle can coat of black over it. The black could probably be sanded down and be a decent base coat but my plan was to just start over and strip the whole thing down again. But I'll never get to that and I am kind of done with French bikes. So my loss is your gain. Includes a set of Cyclomondo decals.

The decals alone cost $45. I'm asking $125 plus actual shipping (whatever way is cheapest) from 84098. Will ship to continental US only. Paypal preferred, will consider other arrangements.

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Would I be correct in the assumption that this frame was set up for Mafac center pulls instead of Campagnolo's, from the upper bridge on the seat stays?
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Yes that would be correct. Mafac center pulls were standard. They did come with Campy sidepulls as an option, in which case the cable support bridge was not used.
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OK guys I'd really like to move this on before I have to pack it to the new house. Price reduced - $125. That means you are getting the frame for $80.
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I'd really like to get into a project that requires painting. It is a nice looking frame.
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Originally Posted by BlueDevil63 View Post
Yes that would be correct. Mafac center pulls were standard. They did come with Campy sidepulls as an option, in which case the cable support bridge was not used.
Didn't the Super Corsa's come standard with Campy Record side pulls and the Tour de France's come with Mafac center pulls?
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This is definitely a Super Corsa (see the "before" pics in the linked to Flickr album). From what I could tell Super Corsa's had a pretty varied component set, even within the same year. It has Campagnolo dropouts which is a pretty sure sign of a Super Corsa.
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That is a beautiful, classic project frame. If it were 4 cm larger, I'd be all over it.
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Originally Posted by BlueDevil63 View Post
This is definitely a Super Corsa (see the "before" pics in the linked to Flickr album). From what I could tell Super Corsa's had a pretty varied component set, even within the same year. It has Campagnolo dropouts which is a pretty sure sign of a Super Corsa.
The Super Corsa steerer tube is longer than a Tour de France steerer tube so that a campy headset will fit.

Super Corsa Campy stack height is about 40/41mm.

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Old 05-10-16, 08:31 PM
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Nice. Bump for you on a pretty good deal. I have a full NR set I could put on it, I think some decals are missing from the kit and repaint is needed, if this was $100 shipped to 30309 biz address I'd take it off your hands.

I just picked up an original TdF of same era that's too up-in-my-taint on the standover @~60cm, baby blue for $150. Campy on the forks, rear is Simplex, and the typical mish-mash of parts for the early 70s. I wish it was closer to your Super Corsa in size, I'd ride the hell out of it. Pics of the one I got over here on posts 230, 231, 323.
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I've been wanting a French bike for a while . . . . and this is my size.

Sounds like Francophile needs it though,

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Old 05-10-16, 08:47 PM
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I've been wanting a French bike for a while . . . . and this is my size.

Sounds like Francophile needs it though,
Take it! Please! I can't buy it unless it's $100 shipped and I'd love to see asking on this one, it's worth it w/the decal set.

I don't need another project I'm N+4 as of the end of 2015 and have a few more frames I need to get off the wall.
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OK guys I'd really like to move this on before I have to pack it to the new house. Price reduced - $125. That means you are getting the frame for $80.
You're giving up that awesomely huge garage and horses? That's sad, unless you're getting an even more ginormous garage and more horses.
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I wish it were my size; I'd be driving my a** up the canyon to PC as I typed this...

(kidding about the driving & typing part) (not really funny since I see people doing s*** like this all the time)
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You're giving up that awesomely huge garage and horses? That's sad, unless you're getting an even more ginormous garage and more horses.
Yes unfortunately personal reasons are forcing a move. I will still have a nice shop setup but not quite as big. And the horse count will stay the same I haven't posted here much lately, aforementioned personal issues distracting me from the bike stuff. But I do have a couple of Colnago projects in the works, a Nuovo Mexico and a Superissimo, one of which will have a full panto component set including a 6 arm Colnago crankset.
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Sorry francophile I just can't in good conscience let it go for that low. I guess I'd rather hold onto it in the hope I will have time to finish it some day. I'll let you know if I change my mind. As far as I know the only decals missing are the French Reynolds decals that you can purchase separately.
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Sorry francophile I just can't in good conscience let it go for that low. I guess I'd rather hold onto it in the hope I will have time to finish it some day. I'll let you know if I change my mind. As far as I know the only decals missing are the French Reynolds decals that you can purchase separately.
Just came back to bump this one again in hopes someone takes it, and to say: Bummer to hear about your situation, hope things get better. If possible, try not to stress too hard... life "is what it is".

I had to take a ~2 week break from signing in for similar reasons, ending with coughing up another few hundred bucks in car and house repairs, on the tail end of work travel and a couple of 80-hour work weeks and a death in the family.

I'm definitely looking forward to a relaxing weekend, a beer, a couple of long rides with my oldest preschooler, and time with friends (in no particular order).
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FWIW, I've been 'advised' to whittle the fleet from 16 down to five. My Super Corsa is #1 on the short list.

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FWIW, I've been 'advised' to whittle the fleet from 16 down to five. My Super Corsa is #1 on the short list.
That's quite a layoff. Over 2/3 of your inventory.
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Hard to believe that this has is still here.....if it were my size it would have been gone as soon as I saw it.
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FWIW, I've been 'advised' to whittle the fleet from 16 down to five. My Super Corsa is #1 on the short list.

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Is that why you didn't respond on the two Miyata 512?
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How much of the kit off the GR would fit on the Gitane? Seat post is toast. Wheels are an oddity, Normandy hubs and Campagnolo Ypisilon rims.

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The Super Corsa came with a Campy drivetrain and has Campy dropouts. It came standard with Mafac brakes but could also be ordered with Campy side pulls. I think all the Campy components were French sizes (threading, front derailleur clamp size). So I suspect the components from that older Grand Record would work since I think the GR used French sizes at that time.
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Is that why you didn't respond on the two Miyata 512?
No, I didn't respond because I'm looking for a frameset rather than a complete bike. My 512 has developed pinholes in the top tube.
Thanks for the heads-up, though.

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How much of the kit off the GR would fit on the Gitane? Seat post is toast. Wheels are an oddity, Normandy hubs and Campagnolo Ypisilon rims.

I would think the lot, with the usual caveat regarding Motos having either French or Swiss BBs.
Pretty sure the seatpost on my SC is 26.4.

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