48cm Gitane Mach 320 c.1994 Vintage French Road Bike Frame

✓ Original vintage frame - built in the 1980s
✓ Lightweight for the era - just 2.7 kg
✓ 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.

This intriguing French touring or randonneur frame has some wonderful features, and was obviously built by a skilled constructeur. The frame is fillet brazed and built in a hellenic style, whereby the seatstays start forward of the seat tube toward the rear of the top tube, this makes the rear end stiffer, and in this case leads to a very neat rear brake cable routing - over a roller and through the seat tube and seatpost to actuate a cantilever brake. Amongst a number of braze-ons the frame is equipped with a single downtube shifter and a built in chainstay mounted bracket for a Cyclo rear derailleur. The frame has built in racks and mudguard stays with a front bag support. It has been repainted and unused since, the orginal decals have been lost and we unfortunately cannot quite pin down who built this lovely machine!

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.

OVERVIEW


Era - 1980s
Country - French
Frame Material - Steel
Tubing - Columbus Cromor Custom
Weight - 2.735 kg
Stock Code - U-F-R58V

SIZING


Size Guide* - XS/Small (Approx 28 1/2" Inside Leg)
Seat Tube (ctc) - 48 cm
Top Tube (ctc) - 51 cm
Head Tube - 88 mm
Chainstay Length - 40 cm
Wheelbase - 97 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.

TECHNICAL INFO


Rear Spacing - 125 mm
Front Spacing - 99 mm
Seatpost Diameter - 26.6 mm
Wheel Size - 700c/28"
Brake Fixing - Recessed Allen Key
Brake Drop - 46 mm
Bottom Bracket Thread - English/British/ISO Thread
Headset Thread - Standard ISO (24 TPI - British/Italian)
Headset Stack Height - 32 mm
Fork Crown Race - 26.4 mm (ISO)
Shifter Fittings - Downtube Braze-On
Headtube Internal Diameter - 30 mm
Steerer Internal Diameter - 22.2 mm (Standard)

SHIPPING, TAXES & RETURNS

We've been safely sending orders around the world since 2010. There's a handy shipping calculator on the shopping cart page so you can see the cost of postage as soon as you've added it to your basket. Your order will be carefully packed and sent with tracking & insurance, we despatch most orders within 2-3 days but larger items and orders placed before the weekend can take an extra day or two to process.

We accept returns, please notify us within 14 days and ensure the item arrives back with us no later than 30 days after the order was received.

We don't charge VAT, however, if buying from outside of the UK please remember that there may be import fees to pay directly to the delivery company before receiving the order. Unfortunately we can’t advise on the exact costs as it varies from country to country, so please check your national rates before purchasing.