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Old 02-24-08, 06:47 PM
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Stainless Metax build question

Is it possible for a Metax tubed frame to have braze ons that look like this?:





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Old 02-24-08, 09:46 PM
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I don't know why not. Silver brazing is possible with Metax.

BTW, looks like the rear brake bridge is cracking and about to fall off. Photo issue or frame issue?
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Old 02-25-08, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Nessism View Post
I don't know why not. Silver brazing is possible with Metax.

BTW, looks like the rear brake bridge is cracking and about to fall off. Photo issue or frame issue?
It's just some dirt that I didn't wash off from the day-before's ride. It startled me a bit when I shot the pics (same look on the other side) but a close wash/inspection shows a perfect braze line. Even the BB shot, with that stuff that could easily pass for a bubbling rust look, is a visual trick. I really dont understand why the slighest bit of runny, wet dirt can make a bike look instantly in dire trouble, photographically speaking.

Thanks for helping me out with your reply.

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Originally Posted by dannyg1 View Post
It's just some dirt that I didn't wash off from the day-before's ride. It startled me a bit when I shot the pics (same look on the other side) but a close wash/inspection shows a perfect braze line.
Wow, fooled me. Looks like a failing braze joint on both sides.
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who made the frame?
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Old 02-26-08, 12:17 AM
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who made the frame?
It's an unsolved mystery at the moment. Best guess is Italian, but I really don't have any idea. You?

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ok, so ill assume that there are no manufacturer stickers on it. can you get a pic of the whole bike? any marking on the front or rear drops? any other info stamped on the bb shell?
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ok, so ill assume that there are no manufacturer stickers on it. can you get a pic of the whole bike? any marking on the front or rear drops? any other info stamped on the bb shell?
Front and rear drops show no markings and are plate cut.

BB markings: 'Speed Metax' as shown in current pic. Other side says '56' and I think 'SP'


Whole bike pic:





Nothing on fork steerer either.

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Old 02-26-08, 10:22 PM
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I'll try and photograph the markings on the frame in sunlight with a macro lens tomorrow.

Thanks for any help you can give.

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wow, nice stumper you gave us. first thought it can't be a Colnago, they usually have their name stamped in the bb shell and on the fork crowns. so my other guess is it's a small builder, maybe US. one name that pops into my head is Rhygin. he was located in Mass. i think. i had a chance to buy one of his road bikes when a local shop was closing but it was too small, and his frame was the only one i'd ever seen that used Metax tubing. the paint job is kinda his style too. i doubt theres any further info inside the bb shell, so i'm officially stumped. i found this link, it has some builders who used Metax, you may be able to find out further info

http://www.cyclingforums.com/archive...p/t-11726.html
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The more I live with this, the more I'm thinking that this frame is made by Billato. It has a look to the seat cluster that's reminiscent of a Ciocc, Concorde or a Lemond and a style of build presentation that really, really looks 'Lemond-esque'. Seial numer placement looks Lemond as well.

What do you think?
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don't know about Billato at all, so you may want to do more research on that. as far as Ciocc, possibly. forget Concorde. they were built by Ciocc, but i think the line ended with columbus TSX, pretty much when the PDM team folded. and i doubt Lemond, but it's possible. i'm not sure who was building his steel frames.
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