The frame was straight and sound with no dents, but as you can see the paint was not in the best of shape. One thing I like about the older traditional steel racing frames are the details. The Serotta frame has “S” pantographed on the fork crowns and the rear brake mount. Serotta is stamped into the seat stays.
The frame is made out of a Columbus SL tubeset with a traditional lugset and a Cinelli bottom bracket. The Club frames were originally offered with a braze on front derailleur mount, guides for the rear brake cable along the top tube, and derailleur cable guides brazed on top of the Bottom Bracket.
The frame has Campagnolo front and rear dropouts. The rear dropouts were factory spread at 110mm clearance for a 6-7 speed configuration, however I plan to spread them to 130mm for a more modern build. My original plan was to build the bike closer to period correct, however with weight and shifting convenience being a factor I have decided on a more modern build.
This frame has a square geometry with a 54 cm seat tube and 54 cm top tube. The Serotta Club Special was designed as a club racer with a tighter quicker geometry and more like a criterium bike. Shortly after buying this frame I was also able to procure the original 1984 Serotta brochure and the price and build list I found online.
Stay tuned for part 2 and more pictures and information on the repaint and bike build………………………
*pictures of the frame above were not taken by me, they were the pictures posted by the seller.