59cm Mecacycle Turbo Vintage Split Tube Race Bike

Mecacycle

GB458

For those who fancy something a little different, meet the Mecacycle Turbo.

Not radical, nor totally unique, it did however have a reputation for being both stiff and comfortable. Two adjectives seldom used when describing race bikes of the era. Add to the mix a 1980s world champ fade and you've got yourself a very special bicycle.

The Turbo was the brainchild of ex-Mercier mechanic & certified wizard, Raymond Creuset, who bought the struggling Mecacyle company in 1980 to give him an outlet for his new designs. This one was undoubtedly the most successful of his designs, and understandably so. It uses fork blades as a seat tube, how can that not be a success?

The build quality is up there with the best of the French builders. There's no shortage of quality craftsmanship on show, using Super Vitus 983 tubing and combining fillet brazing & bi-lamination methods alongside traditional lugged construction. Certification that Raymond Creuset was a legitimate wizard.

So, what about this one? We can tell you that it's almost completely French. The only imported parts on the bike are the CST tyres and the Turbo saddle, but even that is the Hinault edition, so we'll forgive that patriotic faux pas. The rest of the components are made up of France's finest; Huret Jubilee, Stronglight 93, Mavic Module E, CLB Professionnel, Phillipe Professionnel, Pelissier Professional (notice the trend here?) - all at the absolute top of the game, and all genuinely lightweight kit too, especially with those extra grams shaved off through the meticulous art of drillium.

Unfortunately Mecacycle didn't make it much further than the mid 80s, so these beauties were only produced until 1986. This one we believe to be from 1983/84, so perfect for your vintage Eroica type events.

As with all our bikes, it's been fully stripped, inspected & professionally polished & re-built. The frame is straight & true without any dents or dings - please inspect the photos for cosmetic condition as we photograph the bikes so you can see the exact condition of the bike before purchasing.

OVERVIEW:
Seat Tube (ctc): 59 cm
Top Tube: (ctc): 60 cm
Head Tube: 173 mm
Standover: 85 cm
Weight: 9.890 kg
Tubing: Super Vitus 983
Dropouts: Vitus 
Country: French 
Year: Early 1980s

FULL SPEC:
Brake Levers: CLB Professionnel (Custom Drilled)
Brake Calipers: CLB Professionnel (Custom Drilled)
Crankset: Stronglight 93 Drilled / 52/42t / 170mm
Shifters: Huret Jubilee Drilled 
Rear Derailleur: Huret Jubilee 
Front Derailleur: Huret Jubilee 
Freewheel: Maillard Course 6 Speed 
Chain: Sachs Sedis 
Bottom Bracket: Stronglight Competition 
Hubs: Pelissier 2000 Professionnel
Rims: Mavic Module E E2 Clinchers(700c)
Tyres: CST Super HP (20mm Width)
Headset: Stronglight A9
Handlebars: Philippe Atax Professionnel
Stem:

Atax Professionnel

Bar Tape: NOS Velox Black PVC
Saddle: Selle Italia Turbo (Bernard Hinault Edition)
Seatpost: Rubis Brevete 26.6mm Expandable