Wester Ross frame 457.
Ian Ellis has sent these photos and description of his superb Wester Ross racing bike with it's unique original 'fade' paintwork. Ian owns another Wester Ross, currently being ridden in the U.K. by his father, see 418.
"This frame was built for road racing and criteriums in particular. It is a 23" frame, however the bottom bracket is 0.75" higher than usual to allow pedalling through corners, making the seattube 22.25". Vertical dropouts, a short top tube(21.75") and minimal clearances give a very short wheelbase of 38.25". A seat tube angle of 74.5 makes the frame very stiff and responsive. I had it painted a custom red, white and blue fade, which I think John was concerned wouldn't work as he tried to dissuade me, but the results were great and this was one of the first 'fade jobs' out there and proved a real head turner. The bike was ready on Aug 8, 1984. It was then fitted with a full Campag Super Record Groupset, Simplex gear levers, Selle Italia Turbo saddle, Cinelli bars and stem, and Campy record/Mavic GP4 wheels with Vittoria tubs. The saddle, bars, brakes and pedals were upgraded a few years ago to more modern technology. This bike rides superbly and it has stunning responsiveness. It corners, accelerates and climbs brilliantly, but those steep angles make it a bit twitchy on the descents !! The bike is with me in NYC and it does a few laps of Central Park from time to time".
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The full specification of this frame is:
531 Professional tubing.
Cinelli Sloping fork crown.
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.
B19: Capping seat stays.
B28: Cable guides under bottom bracket.
B32: my name on the top tube.