Holdsworth 531

Quentin’s vintage Holdsworth after a full rebuild in our workshop.  The bike was last rebuilt in the 1990s, when it was spec’d with an eclectic – and still serviceable – mix of parts, but was unridden since 2000.  It’s been a pleasure to lightly rework the bike for its owner.

Along with fitting new consumables we chose to improve the chainline, widen the tyres and shorten the reach, making it a very usable summer road & gravel adventure machine, with an inline rear adjuster added to assist fine brake tuning.  A lot of hard work went into restoring the gorgeous paintwork on the lugged Reynolds 531 frameset, and the bike’s varied components (which include Campy hubs, Mavic rims, Shimano 105 brake levers and LX front derailleur, switchable Suntour shifters and XC Pro rear derailleur, Stronglight 80 chainset, Specialized saddle, rare Triplex seatpin, and Tektro cantilever brakes with Mafac hangers) were all good to go after some TLC.

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