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Old 07-03-18, 09:06 PM
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I've only seen a few Argos "in the steel" but lots of pictures. They were simple but very elegant and the cosmetics were top quality. Most of them were either dark blue flamboyant like @USAZoro frame, a lighter solid blue or red. The paint and lug work was a step above Ron Cooper frames.

I'd buy one "in a Hong Kong minute"!

We sold a lot of Charles Roberts frames in the 70's, The Argos logo reminds me of those frames but again, the paint and cosmetics were superior to the Roberts which were very good.

@ Salamandrine and @amedias As far as urban myths and 1970's cycling lore goes, you can take a lot of that crap about frame failures with a grain of salt! The average hot shot bikie in the US knew so little about so much and was completely opinionated plus was a slave to all the latest rumors. (in addition they never had any money)

If someone heard that Eddy Merckx won a race riding on a seat post without a saddle, the next week they'd all want that kind of seatpost.

Eddy adjusting his seat on the go.

We sold a lot of French bikes in the 70's and many of the better quality production models were built with Super Vitus 971 tubes. Somewhere the rumor got started that a rider in the US Nationals had a chain stay break in a sprint final riding a Super Vitus 971 frame. Who was the rider, what make frame???

After that, we had a hard time selling a bike with a Super Vitus 971 frame.

Little did the fools know that quite a few custom builders made lots of frames with Super Vitus 971 tubing. It was at least half the price of Reynolds 531 and Columbus, the tubes were better finished and closer to size plus the high strength low alloy steel was much less subject to overheating and fast cooling....

Things aren't always what they seem... Don't believe everything you think!

Chas. ;-)
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