Saturday, May 6, 2023

1984 Peugeot PZ10E


Picked up this mid-80s beauty for a song and was pleased to see the Campagnolo Super Record levers were in very good condition. Unfortunately, there's a dent in the fork as you can see in this picture, below. 

Beyond that and the tiniest of dings in the top tube (ugh), the frame is in excellent condition for being nearly 40 years old. 

The three main tubes are made of Reynolds 531P - The red decal was for 531P, the "P" designated a lighter tubeset than 531C, the original and most widely produced. The "C" was for competition. 531P shared the same wall thickness (with some minor variations) as 753 for the three main tubes. It didn't have the metallurgy or the heat treatment of 753. The stays and fork would be 531. The "P" variant made for a light and lively frame without the cost of 753 nor the need to silver braze it.

The mixed Super Record and Nuovo Record components are great, generally scratch-free, and all need a little rust removal and polishing. 

I took two dozen pics of it in its completed form because... I'm going to sell the frame and keep the parts. Say what you will, but at least I got some great pics of this rare beast. 

This frame will hopefully go to someone who will ride and appreciate it for years to come. 

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