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Old 07-19-19, 03:21 PM
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Mystery Steve Bauer bike

Hi there, I recently bought a bike off of kiji and I was hoping to get some information on it. The guy I bought it from has had it since '92. He bought it at John's Cycle and Sports in Orangeville, Ontario and I have an estimate they did on the bike from Sept 8, 1992 for $3,000. He was told it was one of ten made that year. It's kind of a turquoise colour and has steve bauer and B decals, also says vortex on it. He said it is all original except it originally had tubular tires and he had the wheels rebuilt with mavic rims. It has a Tange Prestige frame and fork, dura-ace drive train, brake levers and hubs. Also has Modolo brakes and Campaganolo pedals. It's in pretty great shape just some scratches and paint chips here and there. Its hard to find any info on it and definitely appreciate and help. I have a bunch of pictures to put up and will do that when I can.
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Old 07-19-19, 04:17 PM
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Also, I'm pretty new to road bikes but man I am loving this thing. I've had it out about every morning, just so much quicker than my mountain bike. I think i'm hooked ha.
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Old 07-19-19, 04:21 PM
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Be careful about exagerrated quotes on value for vintage steel frames. Prestige was nice tubing but not worth anywhere near that much back in the day. Still, we look forward to pictures, it could be a unique bike.
Post once more today, 5 times tomorrow and Sunday you can post pics.
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Old 07-19-19, 04:36 PM
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Thanks, will do. Yeah i wondered if the quote was high for insurance purposes when he bought it, just trying to provide all the information about it i was given. Pretty sure he said he paid close to that. Also it has a cinelli stem and handlebars. Pretty cool guy, used the bike a ton and kept it in his bedroom for over twenty years. He used to race a bunch and did quite a bit of marathons, but he got ms a few years ago. He is doing pretty good but said he doesn't have the balance to ride anymore. Really sad, I felt kinda bad buying it from him.
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Old 07-19-19, 05:38 PM
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The Vortex was a standard production frame. They used the same Prestige frame on the Cyclone. A Dura-Ace bicycle with Prestige frame would have cost ~$2000 CDN in 1992 but this is probably older, as the brand was demoted being stocked by Canadian Tire in 1991. Based on the description it sounds pre-1988. A Shimano, Campagnolo and Modolo mix definitely isn't OEM. More has been changed than just the rims and tyres.

Even though you do not have 10 posts, you can still upload pictures. They won't attach to the thread but will be deposited in a gallery album where members can view them.
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Old 07-20-19, 08:18 PM
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Do you happen to know a good resource on Bauer bike models? I have been trying to find some info in the internet to no avail.
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Old 07-21-19, 07:11 AM
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I'm not aware on any online resources for Steve Bauer bicycles. If you want more information on your bicycle, please post pictures and the serial number. As previously noted, the 10 post minimum does not prevent uploading pictures to the site.
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Old 07-21-19, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
The Vortex was a standard production frame. They used the same Prestige frame on the Cyclone. A Dura-Ace bicycle with Prestige frame would have cost ~$2000 CDN in 1992 but this is probably older, as the brand was demoted being stocked by Canadian Tire in 1991. Based on the description it sounds pre-1988. A Shimano, Campagnolo and Modolo mix definitely isn't OEM. More has been changed than just the rims and tyres.

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It was quite a demotion, but wasn't bad for a big box store MTB of the era. I bought one of them about that time. Picture I found on the web, but it looked like this.
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serial number is FS 48358
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That is the nicest Bauer frame I've seen. Congrats.
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Old 07-22-19, 06:23 AM
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As I suspected, that's an early Steve Bauer, circa 1986-1987, as 1986 was the first model year for the company and the graphics changed for the 1988 model year. The serial number could be reverse engineered for anything from mid-1984 to late 1986. I'm leaning towards the latter and a 1987 model manufactured in late 1986.

While it's a mix of various generations of Dura-Ace, I don't see any 7100 series. The crankset, front derailleur and brake levers appear to be 7400 series, which would be era correct.

While the Vortex was a high end model, it was not top of the line during this era. Bauer's contract with La Vie Claire (1986) and Toshiba (1987) allowed him to ride Steve Bauer bicycles when competing in Canada. To this end, there was a Steve Bauer branded bicycle with Campagnolo C-Record (1986) and Dura-Ace (1987) which he used in Canadian races and the company put out a limited edition replica, complete with number peg.
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Old 07-22-19, 01:15 PM
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Nice bike - and an interesting discussion.

I see Steve Bauer bikes occasionally in the shop I work at in Vancouver, including some pretty nice ones - but this is a particularly nice frame.

Would be keen to see one of the limited edition bikes T-Mar mentions.

One note regarding setup/safety on the OP's pictured bike: it sure looks as though there are no more than a couple of cm's of seatpost in the frame!

Pic that shows the seat lug/binder ears from the back seems to show that the bottom of the post isn't even all the way down to the base of the lug. If this was 'as received' and has been corrected, disregard - but it would definitely be unwise to ride in the pictured state (i.e. unsafe and likely to cause damage to the frame).
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Old 07-22-19, 01:19 PM
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Thanks, yeah that's as recieved. I've since lowered it.
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Thanks, yeah that's as recieved. I've since lowered it.
Thought that might be the case - but didn't want to fail to mention it...

Cool bike!
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Tange Prestige was very good heat treated, very lightweight tubing. Some builders even admitted that Prestige was much better, more consistent quality that its Columbus and Reynolds competition from the period.
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T-mar, do you happen to know what that sticker that says opf on the back of the frame is for?
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Tange Prestige was very good heat treated, very lightweight tubing. Some builders even admitted that Prestige was much better, more consistent quality that its Columbus and Reynolds competition from the period.
I purchased a Schwinn Prologue with Tange Prestige tubing as a frameset from Bike Nashbar back in 1987,Those frames were hand made in Japan for Schwinn and the Prestige tubing( like you mention) came very highly regarded and reviewed. I built up that bike with Dura Ace/Shimano 600 parts and raced it for 1 season. Great handling and comfortable bicycle.

Wish I still had it but I sold it,,,but I have pictures of it somewhere..oh yeah its my Avatar pic.
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Just a tidbit that I found interesting — the wrench flat of the right pedal is marked with a D, which should mean that your Dura Ace crank is French thread (“droite”).
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Originally Posted by dcsteve View Post
T-mar, do you happen to know what that sticker that says opf on the back of the frame is for?
Sorry, no I don't.
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Maybe a bike licence no., issued by the Orangeville Police Force? Some Ontario municipalities, including Toronto, had by-laws requiring that (and at least a few still seem to - e.g. Stratford) with the Police Dept. distributing them. No idea about Orangeville, though.
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Originally Posted by noobinsf View Post
Just a tidbit that I found interesting — the wrench flat of the right pedal is marked with a D, which should mean that your Dura Ace crank is French thread (“droite”).
"Right" in Italian is destra, as you'd expect for a Italian pedal.
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That is the nicest Bauer frame I've seen. Congrats.
^ plus 1
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Old 08-19-19, 07:15 PM
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super awesome bike! your front quick release lever should be angled up along the fork blade, or straight back if you prefer, that way you don't accidently snag it on something while riding and have your wheel come loose.

i'm way jealous, it's my favorite color, just the right amount of patina, and even looks to be around my size!
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