Featured Frames

This page showcases some of the more interesting frames on my website – they will also be found in their own category… So you can also simply search under the different categories.

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PLEASE NOTE: I measure all British, American and Japanese frames in inches ctt (centre to top) and convert to the nearest cm, conversely I measure all European and Italian frames in centimetres ctc (centre to centre) and convert to the nearest 0.25in.
A problem with all frames measured ctt is that the top measuring point varies from maker to maker and I try and second guess where the maker intended his measurement to be to – some mean top of top top tube, others the very top of the seat lug, and others to the seat lug top line…

FRAME SIZING
Do not assume that you will need a frame sized the same as your modern one – either seat tube or top tube. Fashion plays a great part in frame design and sizing. In the early years of the 20th century frames were sized as large as possible with virtually no seatpost showing … by contrast riders were advised in the 1920s to have as small a frame as possible.
Race/road frames from the 1920s/early 1930s will generally be sized about 3–5cm smaller than a modern frame but with a much longer top tube and shorter stems. Towards the end of the 1930s larger frame sizes became fashionable – up to 2cm larger than a modern frame. Top tube lengths were still longer used with shorter stems. In the 1940s and 50s frames were sized a bit larger still – 3–4cm more than a modern frame still with longer top tubes and shorter stems. In the 1960s and 1970s frames gradually reduced in size until the late 1980s. At the same time top tubes began to get shorter and stems longer.

Standover height is NOT a useful method of frame sizing either with modern or old frames. Short legged riders will rarely have much or any clearance between the top tube and their crotch unless the frame has a sloping top tube design. Taller riders also face other problems. A complete guide to frame sizing for frames of different periods is impossible to detail here. For frames from the 1980s onwards I suggest buyers look at Dave Moulton’s contributions on frame sizing. Possibly start off with http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com/blog/2006/2/27/a-different-thought-on-frame-sizing.html
and then look at: http://www.davemoultonregistry.com/MoultonFrameSizeChart

I am willing to advise any customer on frame sizing with older frames.

Featured Frames (look below)
British and American road frames smaller than 21.5in
British and American road frames 21.5in–22.5in
British and American road frames larger than 22.5in
Bargain Basement
Classic Road frames pre-1970 smaller than 21.5in
Classic Road frames pre-1970 21.5in–22.5in
Classic Road frames pre-1970 larger than 22.5in
Classic Track & Road-Track frames pre-1970
European frames 56cm or smaller
European frames larger than 56cm
Italian frames 56cm or smaller
Italian frames larger than 56cm
Lo-Pro &
Retro Time Trial frames
Touring frames
Track frames


Please contact me at: hilarystone@hilarystone.com to check on availability and confirm shipping cost.

GEOFFREY BUTLER TRACK FRAME 1958 23.5in built at Gillotts by Bill Phiilbrook
Seat Tube (ctt): 23.5in (59cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 23in (58cm)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 58mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
This early Geoffrey Butler track frame was built at Gillott’s workshop – Geoffrey Butler frames were built by a number of builders over the years, Chas Roberts senior, Chas Roberts, Cliff Shrubb and others…This frame has a double punch mark which Bryan Clarke, the most knowledgeable historians of London framebuilders said was without doubt Bill Philbrook’s mark. It must have been one of the very last he made at Gillott’s. For more on Geoffrey Butler see: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/builders/g-butler-clarke-builders.html and Gillott http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/gillott.html and other pages at Classic Lightweights website. This frame looks to be most definitely in its original paint which is generally very good. The Milremo decals are however somewhat damaged. A rare and very beautiful frame. £375

 

MASI 3V PISTA late 80s/early 90s 19.25in Reynolds 753
Seat Tube (ctt): 19.25in (49cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 21.25in (54cm)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C
Frame tubing: Reynolds 753
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Faliero Masi was regarded as one of the very top Italian framebuilders alongside Ugo De Rosa and Cino Cinelli. The Masi story is quite complicated. Masi is not a very well known name amongst British riders but Masi bikes have been ridden by some of the very top riders in the world – Rik van Looy in the 1950s/60s – his Superia was in reality a Masi, Tom Simpson’s Peugeots were apparently Masis and Eddy Merckx’s Faema bikes (1969–72). Faliero Masi was a racer and learnt to build frames in the 1930s at Gloria, one of the leading Italian firms at the time. After WWII he set up on his own in a workshop under the Vigorelli velodrome in Milan and quickly built a reputation for being a servizio corse builder; that is building for racing teams. He set up an American branch in 1973 and it was there that many of the leading current US frame craftsmen trained – Brian Bayliss, Mario Confente, Jim Cunningham (CyclArt), Mike Howard and David Tesch. Soon after the move to the US in 1973 Faliero stopped worked and passed the workshop onto his son Alberto. It was Alberto who was responsible for introducing precision investment cast lugs that made possible the 3V Volumetrica design The 3V Volumetrica employed thin gauge oversize steel co-moly tubing – a 1 1/8in diameter top tube and 1 1/4in down and seat tubes. Most 3V frames were built in Italy but this Pista frame built from Reynolds 753 tubing was built in the USA… It dates I think from the late 1980s/early 1990s. Its in very sound condition and rides really nicely – my son raced on it for a few months when he was in between frames of his own… The paint has quite a number of small marks. But it is exceptionally rare and special. £595

 

DYNA-TECH CRONOS MMC 1992 21.5in
Seat Tube (ctt): 21.5in (55cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 21.5in (55cm)
Rear dropout width: 130mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 48mm
Frame tubing: Raleigh/BP Aluminium MMC tubes
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
In 1987 Raleigh SBDU moved to Nottingham to join the former Carlton Lightweight bike unit which had moved to Nottingham six years earlier. The two units were merged over the next year or so to form Raleigh Special Products Division. They developed the Dyna-Tech bonded frames which formed the mainstay of SPD road frames for four or five years. Most used steel tubing bonded into aluminium lugs. Some later ones used titanium and a very few aluminium metal matrix supplied by BP metals division. Unlike straightforward aluminium alloys which are similarily stiff, metal matrix composites are much stiffer. With MMC aluminium tubing Raleigh were able to use main tubes of identical diameter to steel frames which in a normal aluminium alloy would have resulted in a excessively flexible frame. The net result was a an adequately stiff frame which was very light – if I remember correctly was under 1.2kg. Carbon-fibre frames at this time were quite a bit heavier…
The MMC frames were built in tiny quantities in 1992–3 and this one was tested in Cycling Plus 14 March 1993 issue. The top tube decal is in very poor condition and the paint on the steel forks needs redoing – its bubbling. I’ve never seen another… £325

 

DE ROSA ROAD FRAME 54cm c1969
Seat Tube (ctc): 54cm (21.25in)
Top Tube (ctc): 56.5cm (22.25in)
Rear dropout width: 126mm
Wheel size: 700C/sprints with brake drop of 50mm
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame tubing: Columbus SL
Of all the Italian framebuilders (and there are lots) four stand out above the rest – Cinelli, Masi, Colnago and De Rosa. De Rosa started building frames in the early 1950s and in the 1960s several top riders went to him for their frames.
This frame dates from around 1969 – the fork crown, bottom bracket shell all point to this. I wrote a guide to dating earlier De Rosas a number of years ago and this can be found at:
http://italiancyclingjournal.blogspot.com/2009/08/de-rosa-timeline-pre-19791980.html This frame was repainted at Argos Cycles but has a number of small storage marks to it…However it’s a rare early De Rosa which is ready to ride. £975

 

RORY O’BRIEN DB SPECIAL Early 1960s 23in
Seat Tube (ctt): 23in (58cm), 21.75in (55.5cm) ctc
Top Tube (ctc): 23in (58cm)
Rear dropout width: 118mm
Wheel size: 27in or Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 59mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
A number of well known framebuilders built frames for Rory O’Brien’s shops in Manor Park and Romford – Ephgrave, Vic Edwards and Wally Green were probably the best known. The fastback seat lug design combined with an Italian style separate clip is also very unusual and is similar in concept to but different in detail to Philbrook’s fastback design for Meridian/Young’s frames. The frame and forks are in their excellent original paint and the decals are mostly complete – these date the frame to the early 1960s. The standard of construction is very high – it is extremely beautiful – just take a look at the lug shorelines and seatstay bridge. It has custom rear dropouts based upon Huret rear ends – the rear hanger was cut off and a Canmpag hanger brazed in its place and the slots shortened. I am sure this was done as part of the original frame build. It is thought that it might have been built by Vic Edwards and certainly apes Bill Philbrooks’ work for Young’s.
Further info on Rory O’Brien can be found at http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/builders/r-o-b-builders.html and http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/builders/rory-o%27brien-david-hull-builders.html
The paint and chrome appear to be original and in very good condition though quite of the decals have flaked off. £275

 

CINELLI PISTA TRACK FRAME 1982 56cm Little used
Seat Tube (ctt): 56cm (22in)
Top Tube (ctc): 57cm (22.5in)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Sprints/700C
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame tubing: Columbus SL
Cinelli frames were always built in really quite small numbers – it is said no more than 500 even in an Olympic year and were the choice of many top riders. Pista frames represented only a small percentage of their output – I’d guess no more than 5–10%. This frame dating from 1982 has had one owner who only lightly used it. It is virtually mint… £1195

 


SHORTER ROAD FRAME ex Tony Doyle c1983 23in built by Barry Chick
Seat Tube (ctt): 23in (58cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 23in (58cm)
Rear dropout width: 126mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame tubing: ????
Shorters were based at North Finchley, North London. The frames were built by a number of different builders including Harold Peters, Vic Edwards and Barry Chick. A little more on Shorters can be found at: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/builders/shorter-builders.html This frame built for the great British pro rider Tony Doyle was I’m sure built by Barry Chick. Its in excellent condition and comes with the original Shimano Dura-Ace AX gears and brake callipers. £495

 

LES EPHGRAVE NO 1 ROAD FRAME c1953 21.5in
Seat Tube (ctt): 21.5in (55cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 22.25in (56.5cm )
Rear dropout width: 115mm
Wheel size: 27s or Sprints/700C with brake drop of 58mm
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Les Ephgrave was and still is very well known for the fancy lugged frames built in his works in East London. He built frames both under his own name and for some shops in north and east London. Les Ephgrave was without doubt one of the high priests of frames with ornate lugs; his No1 lug design was the most popular in his range. This lug design was beautifully balanced and very kind to the eye most times – this is undoubtedly one of the really nice ones. There’s lots on Ephgrave at http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/builders/ephgrave-builders.html
This stunning frame is in excellent condition and has just been repainted at Argos Cycles. £645

 

TELEDYNE TITAN ROAD FRAME 1970s 22in Titanium
Seat Tube (ctt): 22in (56cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 22in (56cm)
Rear dropout width: 122mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 53mm
Frame tubing: CP Titanium
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
The Teledyne Titan was the idea of an expatriate Englishman Barry Harvey, though manufactured in California, USA. He formed a company to develop titanium frames but with a lack of capital development work was very slow. He eventually approached Teledyne Linair, a specialist company producing titanium assemblies for the aircraft industry who fortuitously were looking for other applications for titanium. Top and down tube diameters were increased to 1 1/8in and 1 1/4in diameters respectively and wall thicknesses were slightly up compered to a standard steel tubed frame. One rather curious feature of the production frame was how the down tube was necked down to accept standard diameter down tube lever clip and down tube cable guides. This frame is in excellent condition – there are no cracks or dents. £595

 

DOSSCHE SPORT TRACK FRAME 54cm 1950s
Seat Tube (ctc): 54cm (21.25in)
Top Tube (ctc): 56cm (22in)
Rear dropout width: 115mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 42mm
Frame tubing: Not known
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Dossche Sport are – were a very well respected Belgian framebuilder… This track frame with Nervex Pro lugs and Bastide type fork crown is exquisitely built. – just take a look at the very clean brazing and filework. This frame is in really nice condition – there’s one tiny ding to the top tube but its very hard to see…It has the steep angles and tight clearances found on most Belgian track frames – their tracks are normally short and steeply banked… £295

 

MAXI SPORTS TRACK FRAME 1993 Team Castorama ridden by Jacky Durand
Seat Tube (ctc): 57cm (22.5in)
Top Tube (ctc): 60cm (23.75in)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Jacky Durand was a French professional rider who was best known in later years for his solo breakaways on Tour de France stages. This track frame from 1993 and when he was riding for Castorama under Cyrille Guimard is truly exquisite with the most incredibly tight clearances – it won’t take 23mm tyres – its pictured on 22mm tyres. Absolutely superb. £575

 

GLORIA ROAD FRAME 54cm 1937
Seat Tube (ctc): 54cm (21.25in)
Top Tube (ctc): 56.5cm (22.25in)
Rear dropout width: 117mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 48mm
Frame tubing: Not known
BB threads: Italian
Seatpost size: 26.2mm
This Gloria road frame was built for an Italian professional rider in 1937 for use originally with a Vittoria Margherita gear – he later had the rear dropouts replaced with ones suitable for a Campagnolo Corsa gear… It comes complete with an excellent Campagnolo Corsa gear and set of wheels… £2250

 

HETCHINS COMPETITION 21in 1937
Seat Tube (ctt): 21in (53cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 21.5in (55cm)
Rear dropout width: 110mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 55mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
This frame is one of the earliest Hetchins Competition frames and was the last frame built in 1937 – it was supplied on 26th January to F R Russell of Wolverhampton who was an established Hetchins dealer… It has Chater Lea bottom bracket threads – I can supply a suitable BB to fit at extra cost… It has been reasonably repainted and this is mostly unmarked.
A lot more can be found about Hetchins at www.hetchins.org Really a rather rare pre-war Hetchins… £525

 

POGLIAGHI TRACK FRAME c1963 59cm
Seat Tube (ctc): 59cm (23.5in)
Top Tube (ctc): 57cm (22.5in)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: 700C/sprints
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame Tubing: Columbus double butted
Sante Pogliaghi was one of Italy’s most revered framebuilders through the 1960s and 70s ranking alongside Cinelli, Masi and De Rosa. This track frame dates from c1963 and has been very nicely restored. The frame exudes pure quality… Very, very rare. £925

 

GILLOTT FLEUR DE LIS TRACK FRAME 1954 23in
Seat Tube (ctt): 23in (58cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 22.5in (57cm)
Rear dropout width: 110mm
Wheel size:  700C/sprints with a brake drop of 46mm
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame Tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Gillott frames are renowned for being built to consistently high standards – this was down to employing excellent framebuilders and Harry Carrington who was stickler for quality. More on Gillott can be found at: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/gillott.html
The Fleur de Lis was Gillott’s top model and is very beautiful. Though this frame has mudguard eyes it has very close clearances and quite steep frame angles so I think was built with track use mostly in mind. It has been beautifully restored at Argos Cycles in Bristol and not used much since. It has a few small marks and is ready to be built up. £695

 

COLNAGO MASTER PRO 44.5cm c1990 ** New Old Stock**
Seat Tube (ctc): 44.5cm (17.5in)
Top Tube (ctc): 47cm (18.5in)
Rear dropout width: 126mm
Wheel size: 24in sprints or 24in clinchers 521mm BSD
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame tubing: Columbus
the Master Pro was one of Colnago’s top models and this is really very special – a small adult or children’s version with just a 44.5cm ctc seat tube and built for 24in wheels. It is new old stock and has never been built-up – the fork steerer has never even been cut to length. We can do this and fit a headset. Its in excellent almost unmarked condition with virtually no marks. It obviously was a special. Price on Application

 

F W EVANS TOURER 1939 21in
Seat Tube (ctt): 21in (53cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 23in (58cm)
Rear dropout width: 115mm
Wheel size: 26in
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
This F W Evans touring frame was built in 1939 and is designed for use with a Cyclo 3spd Standard gear – it has the braze-on for the gear and tensioning spring on the chainstay. I will supply it with all the parts to complete the headset except the pinch bolt for the headclip. It has many of the special features unique to F W Evans frames – Direct Lubrication system for the bottom bracket and headset bearings and patented fork ends. Additionally it has braze-ons for a rear saddle bag support. F W Evans were very highly regarded by CTC members and many members had special touring frames made to order for them. More can be found on Evans at: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/designs/hsfwevans.html
It has been very nicely repainted in a dark green with box lining and will make a really great 1930s classic English tourer. £245

 



** SPECIAL REDUCED PRICE**
R O HARRISON SHORTWIN 1949
Seat Tube (ctt): 22.5in (57cm), 21.5in (55cm) ctc
Top Tube (ctc): 23in (58cm)
Rear dropout width: 110mm
Wheel size: 27s or 700C/sprints with a brake drop of 57mm
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 Butted Tubing
R O Harrison was a south London framebuilder who was one of Maurice Selbach’s framebuilders before he set up on his own around 1933. He had an excellent reputation. More details can be found at http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/harrison.html R O Harrison frames are very consistent in quality. The Shortwin model was introduced in 1949 – this frame must been one of the first for its dated as being January 1949. It has been repainted in what I would guess to be its original paint style. The paint is a little thick and in places some light pitting shows but I think once built up it would look very good… A really rare and desirable frame – there are only about half a dozen known survivors. £545



Featured Frames (look above)
British and American road frames smaller than 21.5in
British and American road frames 21.5in–22.5in
British and American road frames larger than 22.5in
Bargain Basement
Classic Road frames pre-1970 smaller than 21.5in
Classic Road frames pre-1970 21.5in–22.5in
Classic Road frames pre-1970 larger than 22.5in
Classic Track & Road-Track frames pre-1970
European frames 56cm or smaller
European frames larger than 56cm
Italian frames 56cm or smaller
Italian frames larger than 56cm
Lo-Pro &
Retro Time Trial frames
Touring frames
Track frames





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FRAME CONDITION
Frames are supplied as seen in the pictures unless described otherwise in the text.
Please remember that these frames are generally at least twenty years old and sometimes seventy… In most cases I will know very little of their history but will attempt to describe any problems I can spot – if there are issues I have missed I will always work with the buyer to find a solution.
All frames I sell are in track and straight, with excellent headset threads, bottom bracket shell threads and gear hanger threads if fitted.
I will make every attempt to ascertain whether paint is original, an older repaint or a more recent repaint. Paint quality does vary quite bit…

These categories may be qualified by more detailed description in the text.

Excellent A very useable frame with no obtrusive marks to the paint and no dings or dents. Chrome if present will be free of serious marks unless stated otherwise.

Very Good Perfectly useable frame but with more marks to the paint and chrome if present. Some of the marks may benefit from careful retouching. Generally there will no dents or dings but if present will be small. However if you are concerned about dents/dings with frames in this category please ask me to do an extra check.

Sound Paint and chrome may need redoing depending on how you like your bikes – I appreciate frames with patina which show their age but others may want to repaint. There may be a small ding or two but nothing very significant – older frames often pick up smaller dents which are of no significance to their strength or life. Any more significant dents will be described in the text.

Needing repainting Paint will be poor and in my opinion is not saveable. There may be a small ding or two but nothing very significant – older frames often pick up smaller dents which are of no significance to their strength or life. If there are larger dents they will be described and/or pictured. These are all easily filled by a good framebuilder or frame painter at very little extra cost.

Headsets or bottom brackets fitted to frames are of unknown and unguaranteed condition unless specifically described in the text. Sometimes headsets or bottom brackets will not feel smooth and simply need a service and on other occasions the headset or bottom bracket will need replacing…
For frame without headsets or where you'd like a headset replaced I can offer a fitting service for £15. Please see the headset pages: http://hilarystone.com/headset.html for what is available but please bear in mind that you may need advice on whether a particular headset will fit your frame especially in relation to stack height.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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