1999 Richard Moon
Newest member of the family. Seller listed it as a '99 but the
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This is one of those cases
where a bike could be a great fit for two very different people.
The original owner had long legs and a short torso, so Richard built
him a frame with a 52cm seat tube and short 50.5cm top tube.
He rode it in a fairly normal configuration (10-12cm stem, several
cm below saddle level). It fit him just fine but when he sold
the bike it ended up with a guy with just the opposite body type:
short legs, long torso. But there was a good reason... being
overweight and having some lower back problems, I was looking for an
alternative to the usual road bike posture. I wanted a more
upright riding position but was just not ready to make the move to
upswept bars or the dreaded Technomic stem. This frame seemed
like a good place to start... with it's short top tube and a shorter
(8cm) stem elevated to just below saddle height, I was able to get a
more upright posture and a straighter lower back. Two more
dividends: longer rides before saddle numbness set in (for a
long while I blamed the saddle, but it's time to admit that it was a
combination of my fat belly and being bent over too much). And
finally, I've got a better view of the world... no more stiff neck
from holding my head up to enjoy the beautiful Georgia skies.
2004 Campy Record crank
Weight without bags or bottle: 19.4 lb.
* The only pair of natural-sidewall tires the LBS had left. What is it with tire manufacturers these days, would it kill them to make a few pairs of traditional-looking tires instead of all these goofy-looking colors?
Notes From the Seller:
74 degree Seat Tube Angle
72.5 Head Tube Angle
Top tube: (level) 50.5 c-c
Seat tube: 52 c-c
Stand over: 78cm from ground to top of bar.
Fork rake: 1.7"
BB drop: 6.5cm approx
BB height: 27cm (with 25mm tires)
Front Center: 54
Standard Bottom Bracket-English
Construction and Tubing
Reynolds 531 for fork
Reynolds 653 Record for main triangle
Reynolds 753 rear triangle
By R. Brian Bayliss. The color is known as WINE FIRE BLUE.
The lugs, except the BB, have been masked and painted an ivory color, with some gold accents on customized cutouts
The BB has been pin striped in gold.