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From: "Richard Timm" <richard@radbasteln.de>
To: "CLASSIC RENDEZVOUS" <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
References: <4821BB29.1020308@pacbell.net>
Date: Wed, 7 May 2008 21:04:22 +0200
Subject: [CR]Gitane?

Hello out there, I need a hand: I wonder if anybody is able to identify age and modell of this gitane cycle:


The parts seem to be not original as it is a interesting mix. headset is a campagnolo (can anyone see which one?), group is an Suntour VX, Crank is a Suntour Super Maxi, Seatpost SR, saddle Selle Italia Sprint. Stem is unmarked as far I can see, the touringbar is a Philippe, Brakelevers Weinmann and Brakes Suntour Superbe 4700 (does that fit the VX?). Hubs and Freewheel are DuraAce Highflange, the Rims Mavic Module 'E'. Frame is Durifort 888 8/10. I had a look at gitaneusa.com but wasn't able to find this one in the catalogues. It is possibly an 1984 but has different details. In 1984 the decals seem to have been changed. Unfortunately I can't have a look at the 1982/83 catalogues. The rims can't be earlier as 1983 as far as i know- but in fact I don't belive that they are original as they were expensive at their time and the frame isn't that highend.

best regards, Richard

Richard Timm
Hamburg, Germany