Wester Ross frame 095
Note:- This superb machine is now owned by Nick Purnell - May 2011.
Colin Robson, original owner of Wester Ross number 095 JSC, kindly sent me these photos and descripton, thanks Colin!
"I ordered the frame in 1979 but didn’t ride it until 1980 – I was convalescent from an accident. I used it for a little racing – mostly time trials in Scotland, so there is not a huge amount of mileage on it. I generally tried to ride it in fine weather, though of course in Scotland that was never guaranteed! Winter training was mostly done on an ancient Claude Butler. In 1982 I was offered a bargain on a Colnago that I was unable to pass up on – so it has hardly been used since that time. It stayed in Edinburgh and in my parent’s garage until about 1994, when I built it up again to its present condition, but it was used very little, just on one or two visits for the holidays – I have been living in Spain since 1985 and I think I have ridden it perhaps three times since then"
The paint is the original (crimson with pink lug lining).
The b/b, headset, bars and stem, rear changer, brake callipers, hubs, are all what was originally fitted when the bike was built up.
Geometry is road race/time trial. 74 degree angles, if I remember correctly.
Of course it is the standard Wester Ross 531 d/b tubing set-up. Very rigid. Hard chromed short Campagnolo dropouts, no mudguard eyes.
At the moment it is built up with the following equipment, some the original, some fitted when I put it back together in the mid nineties.
Bottom bracket: Campagnolo Record.
Headset: Campagnolo Super Record (aluminium)
Rear changer: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (1979)
Front changer: Campagnolo Record or Chorus (around 1992)
Chainset/cranks: "Forginal" – a Spanish or French brand (I’m not sure) that I bought for my Colnago over here in Barcelona when the Stronglight I had broke!
Brakes: Universal "77" – an Italian Campagnolo record type copy.
Brake levers: Shimano 105
Pedals: Shimano 105 (Look type)
Rear hub: Campagnolo Record.
Front hub: Shimano Ultegra.
Rims: Mavic GP4 with tubs.
Saddle: Brooks professional
Seatpin: SR, if I remember correctly – Campagnolo type. 27.2
The seatpin bolt is shot in on the frame and uses a threaded allen head bolt.
As you can see from the photo, it has mudguards fitted, but there are no mudguard eyes – I used Hague adapters, so they are very easily removed. The dropouts are short Campagnolo, hard chromed.
Bars and stem: Cinelli 1A
Freewheel: – at the moment it is fitted with an unusual Suntour "New Winner" which has aluminium sprockets. This has had very little use, for obvious reasons.
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