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Courtois Master Pro . French ? Any info ?

Old 04-06-22, 09:47 PM
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Courtois Master Pro . French ? Any info ?

Working on a new project .
Courtois master pro
Could find very little information.
PO brought it in from overseas and said it was french .
Some of its quirks make it seem to be pretty likely .

27.2 mm seat post
25x1 french threaded fork
BSC bottom bracket ? (This surprised me but a known bsc BB threaded in fine)
128mm rear OLN .

Columbus decals on fork with a dove under the paint on the steerer
CAn I presume frame is Columbus also ?
Weight of frame and forks with BB installed was 3.11 kg on my scales .
Decent size frame at 60cm CtoC
BB and fork have matching serial number .
BB also has 1192 stamped in it . November 92 ?

No traditional seat binder bolt , just a grubscrew like the later Vius 979 used ,
I like the rear brake bridge and the cable guides under the BB .
Overall a tidy frame with some paint chips here and there.
Will probably build it up with some Shimano 105 bits I have kicking about.

Anyone out there come across the brand before ?
Any information to share ?








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that
is
weird.
It certainty has some distinctive French details, but there are others that are baffling (and all over the EU map).
I think the seat cluster is the most telling feature (and looks vaguely like something we have seen before in this Forum, but...I don't even know where to start a search!)
It has SOME FR threading but the seat tube must be Imperial and the BB is "Brit/ISO", with those vertical DOs it is of an era when standards were in transition...but I have no help for you.
Paging MauriceMoss , we need The Batman here!
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Wow! That seat post retention setup is nuckin' futs!
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
Wow! That seat post retention setup is nuckin' futs!
Naaaah its just FRENCH !!!!!!


vitus 979





84 PX10 Peugeot
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Is that a (cracked) hardwood plug up the fork steerer base?
Also a French detail, more often Peugeot than any other French make, but others DID use them, too...for "safety"...
And what make are the semi-vertical dropouts? they look to have been subjected to some grinding, do they match the fork-ends?
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Is that a (cracked) hardwood plug up the fork steerer base?
Also a French detail, more often Peugeot than any other French make, but others DID use them, too...for "safety"...
And what make are the semi-vertical dropouts? they look to have been subjected to some grinding, do they match the fork-ends?
Hi - yes appears to be hardwood .
No makers name on dropouts . front are the same but without the chrome loss .

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Also for what it is worth , there is a signature? decal on the top tube

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Okay, I'll bite (and release): anybody here that can read European Cursive want to take an educated guess at what that name is?
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Okay, I'll bite (and release): anybody here that can read European Cursive want to take an educated guess at what that name is?
If it wasn't French I'd say Zeus
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Cycles Courtois was a retail shop in the Poitiers area (Chasseneuil du Poitou to be specific) and had their own marque. Who built it for them, I know not. But all those I have seen seemed pretty decent. I lived in Poitiers for a time for school, back in '08, and rode a Courtois I bought for a hundred Euro at a pawn shop.

The one you have looks like one of their higher-end offerings. The Courtois I had was not so nice as yours, but I was able to squeeze fenders and a dynamo lighting system on it, and it served me well as a commuter and all-rounder.

I can't say about the cursive. I've tried a few possibilities but can't make head nor tail of it.
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Finally got a chance to take it for a hurtle in between rain showers !

I quite like the ride. Feels especially responsive going uphill .
Need to tweak a couple of things .
Saddle needs to go back some
Realised I have large toeclips on it which are too long for my size 9s
Also still debating the Mavic wheels .
I have some black Shimano ones which may look better ? Decisions decisions.
bar tape to do now i am happy with lever position .
All good fun !
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