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c. 1987 Mécacycle «Chrono»

Old 04-20-19, 06:32 PM
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c. 1987 Mécacycle «Chrono»

I have completed the restoration of a 1987 Mécacycle «Chrono». Mécacycle, one of the last new quality French cycle firms founded (in St. Etienne) is most famous for its split seat tube "Turbo" model and its pioneering MTB bikes.

The model here, the Chrono, was a conventional frame for time trialing and criteriums and made in Vitus, Columbus and Reynolds tubing featuring all filet brazing. This frame is Reynolds 753 and the most expensive and rarest of Mécacycle's road models. The finish and workmanship of this is absolutely top class.

This has been fitted out with all French components at the very end of the era when this was still possible.

Built up weight is 20.1 lbs.

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ipernity: c. 1987 Mécacycle «Chrono» by Peter Kohler


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Fantastic build Peter!! Tout French too!!
The Mecacycles are quite rare and very hard find in good condition.
I had been looking out for a Turbo model frameset in SV980 tubing to build up for some years now, but just could not find one in the right size (They always seem to be too big.) or in decent condition, and if one does come up, it is being sold in France and always for big money. The proprietary Huret FD on the Turbo is also something that gives me some reluctance to tackle such a build. The Chrono seems to be a more logical choice.....but the forked seat tube on the Turbo keep calling out to me...... maybe one day.......
An unpainted frameset was for sale a couple of years ago at eBay from a guy in New York. I chickened out as it looked like the frameset had a lot of rough patches that needs to be dressed up. Strangely, it almost looked like it was a practice frameset that was given away after it was brazed together. That's how rough it looked, so I passed.....

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Certainly one of the "under the radar" makes, Mecacycle was only around for eight years but its range, innovation and quality was impressive. I don't think there was a company that made more fillet brazed frames.

"Turbos" are certainly easier to find than "Chronos" and this is the only 753 one I've seen. The only caution with the Turbo is if you wear a large shoe size... the rear triangle is so short that some have found their shoe heals rub the chain stays.

And please... if you buy a Mecacycle, ensure that it comes with the expander quill type seatpost! This frame did not and I did not purchase it (on German eBay) until I was sure a suitable seatpost was also available. So I buy the frame and the seatpost (from different dealers) and guess what... the advertised 26.4 post arrives and it's a... 25. It took me five months of constant searching to find a 26.4 Atax (from a late 80s Peugeot). These were only made by Rubis and Atax.

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Great job, and hats off for keeping it french. I love the shape of the upper head tube brazing. Could I impose on you to post a picture of it from above?
Beyond frustrating that 26.4 seatpost shrank in the mail like that...
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