55cm Carlton Franco Suisse c.1960 Vintage Road Bike Frame

✓ Original vintage frame - built in the 1960s
✓ Suitable for historic cycling events such as L'Eroica
✓ Thoroughly checked over & photographed in detail
✓ Worldwide shipping

Founded in the latter part of the 19th Century, Carlton managed almost 100 years of bicycle manufacturing in the East Midlands. They were amongst the most sought after and readily available British bikes of the 1930s, thanks to some nifty salesmanship from Dan O'Donovan who was to later take over the company, and whose son Gerald became a frame designing legend. Following a buy-out by Raleigh in 1960 and a rebrand for the US market to 'Raleigh-Carlton' the company grew and grew through the bike boom with the doors finally shutting at their Worksop factory in 1981.

Dated 1960, this fully chromed frame with Capella lugs came from a momentous point in Carlton's history, as the brand went from a family owned business to being taken over by Raleigh, and thereby becoming part of one of the world's largest bicycle brands. Due to the semi-custom nature of the company at the time, whereby customers could order whatever tubing, lug set, geometry and finish they liked, it's reasonably hard to precisely identify the models once their original decals have gone, but we're pretty confident this is a Franco-Suisse model. This frame has potential to be extremely beautiful once again, thanks to those wonderful Capella lugs and the fully chromed finish.

If you're taking part in L'Eroica or a similar vintage event, this frame is of the correct age, so you won't be disqualified for being a rule breaker!

The frame's been carefully checked by one of our mechanics to confirm the alignment's correct and there's no damage to the threads. If there are any minor issues worth noting we will do so in the overview section below. Please take a good look at the detailed photos so you can see the cosmetic condition of the frame before you buy.


Era - 1960s
Country - United Kingdom
Frame Material - Steel
Tubing - Reynolds 531
Weight - 3.24 kg
Stock Code - U-F-R37V


Size Guide* - Medium (Approx 32 1/2" Inside Leg)
Seat Tube (ctc) - 55 cm
Top Tube (ctc) - 56 cm
Head Tube - 130 mm
Chainstay Length - 43.5 cm
Wheelbase - 103 cm

*This is just a guide, not a guarantee the frame will fit as every rider is different. If you're unsure of your size we'd always recommend trying out a bike with similar frame dimensions first.


Rear Spacing - 122 mm
Front Spacing - 98 mm
Seatpost Diameter - 26.6 mm
Wheel Size - 27"
Brake Fixing - External Hex Nut
Brake Drop - 60 mm
Bottom Bracket Thread - English/British/ISO Thread
Headset Thread - Standard ISO (24 TPI - British/Italian)
Headset Stack Height - 37 mm
Fork Crown Race - 27.0 mm (JIS)
Shifter Fittings - Single right hand braze on
Headtube Internal Diameter - 30.0 mm
Steerer Internal Diameter - 22.2 mm (Standard)


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