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Not your ordinary finds: Mavic drillium and Blue Record from Serrano's TdF-winning BH

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Old 07-03-12, 09:55 PM
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Not your ordinary finds: Mavic drillium and Blue Record from Serrano's TdF-winning BH

First off, excuse the lousy cell phone pictures. I didn't intend to take photos the day I ran into these two:

Exhibit A - a lugged Otero pursuit frame wearing - of all things - a Mavic 631 Starfish crankset with drillium. Personally, I don't consider it an improvement to the look of the original crank, but to find a modified 631 Starfish is a find in itself.

The NR RD isn't original, and neither are the drops (obviously - it's a 700c/650c build with a reverse-sloping TT). Those NR levers are Colnago pantographed, just to add to the eclectic oddities:



Then we have Exhibit B, which isn't quite C&V - but it's a study in how to bling Campagnolo Record 10-speed components. This is Marco's Serrano's team-issue BH - not a replica - from Stage 18 of the 2005 TdF (though wearing a set of generic Bontrager wheels).

Not that carbon is of much interest here, but the parts are definitely of interest; namely, a carbon Record 10-speed group with a blue finish over the carbon fiber weave. Silver accents compliment these areas, and even the lever bodies and paddles have been painted silver to match. The frame matches the components, with a blue finish over the carbon weave and silver striping. The Campagnolo lettering has been removed off of all the bits but the FD, and the FSA crank is unmodified. Nevertheless, this incomplete "Blue Record" group is quite striking in person - perhaps as elegant as you could hope CF to be.

Again, the photos aren't particularly good - I didn't even get a decent shot of the RD or front end of the bike - but it's better than nothing, for now:



I might be able to get some better photos of both over the weekend, but I figured I'd post these until then.

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1. I kind of like the crank.

2. I thought I recalled reding that Campagnolo did not make the blue levers. My understanding is they were modified by the team. They did not have a component sponsor so they hand some fun with campy bits. If you have a different story let e know. I look forward to pictures.
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Here is one source:
http://velonews.competitor.com/2005/...rs_8485#photos

Great find!
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That crank is wild. Are these bikes yours, now, Kurt?
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1. I kind of like the crank.

2. I thought I recalled reding that Campagnolo did not make the blue levers. My understanding is they were modified by the team. They did not have a component sponsor so they hand some fun with campy bits. If you have a different story let e know. I look forward to pictures.
I've been trying to buy the crank for a month now - figure I'd throw it on my '79 Raleigh Pro. Can't get him to budge; he wants to build up the Otero and ride it first.

There are about 4 more Oteros where that came from, one of which is a brown metallic 700C/700C pursuit frame with a curved seattube and Mavic components. I've made more than a passing reference that I'm rather partial to that one.

The BH bits were modified by Faustino Muñoz, as referenced in the article you posted. The transparent blue finish is very nicely applied, though the silver on the lever bodies appear to be spray paint - it doesn't appear that durable. I'm not sure what was used for the silver transfers on the levers or derailers, for they do not appear to be painted on (they have very little wear, even on the brake levers). If they're decals, they're under a clearcoat.

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That crank is wild. Are these bikes yours, now, Kurt?
Nope. Neither are for sale, though the Otero may wind up on the market, sooner or later.

Only the group on the BH interests me, and that's a bike that shouldn't be parted out (and I know the owner won't get rid of it in any form). I'd only be interested in the Muñoz-modified bits if a few spares are kicking around.

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I'd only be interested in the Muñoz-modified bits if a few spares are kicking around.

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So would I
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So would I
But you won't. All mineminemineminemine...

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But you won't. All mineminemineminemine...

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That is fine. I think my next project will be a proper pair of cipollini/Ulrich ergo levers. I won't ever find the real deal so I just as well do the next best thing.
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That is fine. I think my next project will be a proper pair of cipollini/Ulrich ergo levers. I won't ever find the real deal so I just as well do the next best thing.
The only thing I don't care for on the Stefan Ullrich-modified levers is the fact that the body had to be filed. Stock first-gen lever arms could have been used if carbon wasn't as important as it is to the teams - though the first-gen bodies with 10-speed innards wouldn't be visually different at all.

I'd give anything to see white first-gen Ergopower hoods though, followed by gum. Now that's class.

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Stock first-gen lever arms could have been used if carbon wasn't as important as it is to the teams - though the first-gen bodies with 10-speed innards wouldn't be visually different at all.
My tommasini is equipped with "gen1 record titanium 10spd" levers. it isn't a direct swap and it takes some modification, but you are correct. Visually they look just like they did prior to the swap. I want a set with carbon levers for my modern bike that has full record carbon.
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Steffan Ullrich-modified levers
Do you have any idea who prepared Mario's hybrid ergos?
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Do you have any idea who prepared Mario's hybrid ergos?
School me on which ones you're referring to - I'm drawing a blank.

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School me on which ones you're referring to - I'm drawing a blank.

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they were the same as Jan's. I have several pictures of mario riding post 8spd era record with pointed hoods and carbon brake blades. It looks like he rode this way for several years. I wondered if the seaco mechanics provided them of if they were also done by Steffan.
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they were the same as Jan's. I have several pictures of mario riding post 8spd era record with pointed hoods and carbon brake blades. It looks like he rode this way for several years. I wondered if the seaco mechanics provided them of if they were also done by Steffan.
Likely prepped by the Saeco mechanics for Cipollini. As for Jan's, this is where I found the info: http://www.campafreak.com/shifting_t...er/page43.html

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