56cm Gitane Vintage French Road Bike Frame

✓ Original vintage frame - built in the 1970s
✓ Lightweight for the era - just 2.5 kg
✓ Suitable for historic cycling events such as L'Eroica
✓ Thoroughly checked over & photographed in detail
✓ Worldwide shipping

Though perhaps better known for its mass produced racing bikes produced in France through the 50, 60s and 70s, Gitane sponsored a number of high profile professional teams and have had no less than five Tour de France winners riding for them, including greats such as Bernard Hinault and Laurent Fignon! Gitane have been making bicycle parts and bikes since 1926 and at their height were one of the largest exporters of high quality racing bikes to the USA.

Probably dating from the late 1970s this frameset is a typical mid-range Gitane with a decent lugged construction and basic braze-ons. The chromed rear end implies the frame is of a good quality and the BCM lugs were widely used through the 1970s, the frame has cable guides for front and rear derailleurs, the rear brake cable and has one set of eyelets on the rear. There is plenty of clearance on the rear so a fairly wide tyre with mudguard can be used.

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 - 1970s
Country - French
Frame Material - Steel
Tubing - Steel
Weight - 2.54 kg
Stock Code - U-F-R56V


Size Guide* - Medium/Large (Approx 33" Inside Leg)
Seat Tube (ctc) - 56 cm
Top Tube (ctc) - 56 cm
Head Tube - 134 mm
Chainstay Length - 45.5 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 - 126 mm
Seatpost Diameter - 25.4 mm
Wheel Size - 27"
Brake Fixing - External Hex Nut
Brake Drop - 57 mm
Bottom Bracket Thread - French Thread
Shifter Fittings - N/A
Headtube Internal Diameter - 30.2 mm


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