✓ Original vintage frame - built in the 1980s
✓ Lightweight for the era - just 2.9 kg
✓ Suitable for historic cycling events such as L'Eroica
✓ Thoroughly checked over & photographed in detail
✓ Worldwide shipping
Columbia rose from the ashes of Carlton cycles, whose closure in 1981 led to a team of newly redundant frame-builders starting their own brand in Worksop. Of those framebuilders Dave Marsh is perhaps the best known, the company did not last long and it is not clear how many bikes were produced, those that were though are of a very high quality. The frames were built in the tradition of those famous large-scale British custom builders with fine but not overly elaborate lugs, Reynolds tubing and a classic finish, often with hand-painted logos in the case of Columbia.
This mid 80s frame is really nicely put together, likely built from Reynolds 531 and is in great original condition with a sparkling metallic blue finish and hand-painted logos. Excellently executed with long point lugs, divers helmet cable stops and Campagnolo dropouts, it also has good clearance with provision for mudguards - a classic British all-rounder for someone with long legs!
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.
BritishFrame Material -
Reynolds 531Weight -
2.85 kgStock Code -
Size Guide* - Large/Extra Large (Approx 35 1/2" Inside Leg)
Seat Tube (ctc) - 60.5 cm
Top Tube (ctc) - 56 cm
Head Tube - 177 mm
Chainstay Length - 44 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 -
126 mmFront Spacing -
100 mmSeatpost Diameter -
27.2 mmWheel Size -
700c/28"Brake Fixing -
External Hex NutFront Brake Drop -
62 mmRear Brake Drop -
63 mmBottom Bracket Thread -
English/British/ISO ThreadHeadset Thread -
Standard ISO (24 TPI - British/Italian)Headset Stack Height -
37 mmFork Crown Race -
26.4 mm (ISO)Headtube Internal Diameter -
30.2 mmSteerer 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.
Seat Tube (ctc) - we measure from the centre of the bottom bracket shell up to the centre line of the top tube to give a consistent measurement regardless of frame design (ctc means centre to centre).
Top Tube (ctc) - this is measured from the centre of the head tube to the centre of the seat tube, along the centre of the top tube.
Chainstay Length - measured from the centre of the bottom bracket shell to the centre point of the rear dropout.
Wheelbase - measured from the centre of the front fork dropout to the centre point of the rear dropout.
Front & Rear Spacing - measured from the inside of one dropout to the other. The dropouts on steel frames can be stretched or squeezed a few mm but it's always best to avoid this if possible, aluminium or carbon frames should never be stretched.
Brake Drop - measured using wheels of the relevant size for the frame, as stated in the technical info section.
Headset Threads - although it's generally recommended to match threaded parts exactly, with headsets you can technically mix and match, unless you have French or the obscure old Raleigh threads, in which case you need to stick to that type.