Serotta Club Special: Part 1

1I purchased this 1984 Serotta Club Special road racing frame a number of years ago with every intention of building it up and riding it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

3 thoughts on “Serotta Club Special: Part 1

  1. Have you repainted and built up your Serotta. I, too, have a Club Special, bought it back in 1984 and am thinking about doing what you describe, repaint and modernize. I’d love to see what you have done.

    • Yes, I have built it up, but haven’t gotten around to posting photos, also I haven’t taken it out for a ride as of yet, but I plan to. Components are mostly Campagnolo 2010 silver Centaur parts with Daytona hubs. A local gentleman powder coated the frame for me in Mtn. dew green.

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