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Old 02-05-18, 08:06 AM
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Zeus ID please

Any info? I know that the drivetrain isn't stock, I'm just concerned with the frameset. Any idea as to year, model, frame material?
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All the original components appear to be long gone, which complicates identification. However, it appears to be early to mid 1970s and at least mid-range based on the presence of a forged dropout with an integral hanger. Other indcators suggest higher end but the definitive indicator will be the tubing grade which can be determined from the seat post diameter.
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I go with early '70s. Most likely frame materials for then are Durifort and Reynolds 531. My Pro of that era ('73) had the same decals, sloped crown but not the cutout lugs or chromed socks. There was a "Suprema" model with chrome, low-res catalog scans here: VeloBase.com - Catalog Scans
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Mine has the same foil headbadge. I was informed (on this forum) that mine is 1970 - 73, likely a Competition. I will get some close-ups later. 531 tubing and sloping crown fork.


edit: Reynolds tubing sticker (on the downtube) says "Frame Tubes", Durifort stays & fork on mine. It appears the fragments of tubing sticker are just above the downtube foil decal on yours, guessing a variety of Reynolds 531. A Zeus 26.4 seatpost clamps OK for me. Mine does not have the 'windowed' lugs at the headtube. I would say you have a nice, higher-end frame, early 70s.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
Mine has the same foil headbadge. I was informed (on this forum) that mine is 1970 - 73, likely a Competition. I will get some close-ups later. 531 tubing and sloping crown fork.
Wow, looks nearly identical....so then worthy of bringing back to life then I presume?
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Probably early 70s. It has the older style crown, with text cast into the sides rather than the newer crown with the "Z" logo cast into the tops of the shoulders.

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Here's the story on mine: Zeus frame - is it salvageable?


And another thread with pics and catalogue references:
Zeus bicycle frames
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Originally Posted by screaminDOHC
Wow, looks nearly identical....so then worthy of bringing back to life then I presume?

I have yet to finish this build, so I cannot confirm ride quality or characteristics, but I think YES - worthy of your time to refurb. Not a lot of them in USA so at least it will be relatively unique.
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New style Road Crown was what I used to build my fork on my 1975 DIY frame. though I filed the logo smooth.

Columbus Aelle .. still have the bike..
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Without Zeus drillium, you just need something to make it POP!
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Originally Posted by screaminDOHC
Any info? I know that the drivetrain isn't stock, I'm just concerned with the frameset. Any idea as to year, model, frame material?

That dropout makes that frame a keeper! Looks like the old really long Campagnolos of the same era. If you ever run this bike single speed or fix gear and get into changing gears, you will find it a real blessing. It has almost the cog tooth range of a track end but opens ot the front, a real blessing for on the road. Far easier. I'll bet you can run 13 teeth to 22 teeth without changing the chainring of chain length, maybe more. (I had a custom fix gear frame built for me with a similar dropout that does 12 to 24. Rode it yesterday. 17, 24 and 13. (The descents were gradual; didn't need or want the 12 but I have used it many times.)

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IMHO Wildwood is right.
Zeus Competition , circa 1973, Zeus dropouts. Frame material Reynolds 531. Grupo Zeus Criterium . Hubs and brakes Alfa. Maybe Akront wheels.
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