Wester Ross frame 418.
Ian Ellis, from New York City, has kindly sent this information and photos of one of his 2 suberb Wester Ross racing bikes. Ian's other bike is 457 .
"This frame is a 23" road racing frame with standard racing geometry: 73.5 Seat tube angle and 39" wheelbase. It was painted Candy Apple Red (which is Wester Ross colour sample #39) and the bike was ready on Nov 22, 1983. It was then fitted with a full Campag Super Record Groupset, Cinelli bars and stem, Mavic GP4 wheels. Unfortunately I had a big crash during a race in June 1984, which smashed the forks, the drive-side chainstay and basically threw the frame out of 'true'. The frame was straightened and the chainstay and forks replaced in standard 531 by Victor Cycles, who was our local frame builder in Warwick. The frame was given a matt coat of red paint, I replaced the damaged components and it was back on the road in a few weeks. In 1985 I had the frames restored to its full former glory. Ellis Briggs of Shipley colour matched the original Wester Ross touch up paint I had. They also chromed the forks, full rear stays (including the wraparound seatstay) and the nervex lugs. Wester Ross had ceased business by then so we had to track John to his home in Whitby to get fresh transfers. The bike is still in Yorkshire, UK, being ridden by my father".
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The full spec is:
531 Professional tubing.
Campag short dropouts.
B1: Campag lever bosses.
B2: Campag front mech hanger (set for 53T ring).
B4: Campag cable stop on chainstay.
B6: Cable guides from the top tube.
B10: Bottle bosses on down tube.
B13: Brake bridge boss.
B21: Full wraparound seat stays.
B28: Cable guides under bottom bracket.
B32: My name on the top tube.