Matts Mercian Vincitore Custom build,Bicycles,Components,Adventures
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This particular example arrived with us in a sorry state, bearing the scars of a number of botched repairs, including to the junction between the seat tube, top tube, and the extra stays, necessitating a new top tube.  The work was undertaken at Argos Cycles in Bristol, who in addition to the skilled repairs, offer box lining on their paint jobs of which you can imagine Taylor himself would be proud.
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 This bike was destined for the countryside outside of Berlin, to a a customer who's ridden a Taylor for many years, and loved it, and wanted another built around a larger frame, and was sourced (at some length!) for that purpose.
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The build was to be uncomplicated, and understated without sacrificing any functionality, so the selection of components is a mixture of period and more modern. Up close, it becomes clear that parts of the build wouldn't have been possible until the very latest part of the 20th century (the 1990s downtube shifters converted to thumb-shifters, for example), but from a distance the classic lines and looks give the illusion that this one could have been built any time in the last 60 years.
 
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Component rundown: The drivetrain is comprised of TA Cyclotourist cranks spinning on a modern sealed bracket, with 70s Suntour and 80s Shimano derailleurs; the brakes are Weinmann levers pulling classic Mafac centrepulls. Wheels are high flange Maillard on MA2s, with Rene Herse Stampede pass (700 x 32mm) tyres. Stem and bars are GB spearpoint and ITM northroads - GB copies but a little wider. NOS chromed mudguards, Velo Orange rack and grips, and a Wrights ladies' saddle.
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