1930's Saxon(?) English Track Bike / 6-Day racer: 57cm - Restored - Wild Lugs - Oscar Egg - Durkopp - Integrated HS
This out of this world pre-war track bike is a bit of an enigma. One would think that lugs this distinctive on a 20.2 pound bike from the 30's would be easily identified...but that's not the case. This frame features integrated headset cups, intricately cut and filed lugs that appear to say "cmc", and a top shelf blend of uber rare period correct components spanning England, France, Germany, Italy, and a lil American touch. A lot of research has been to determine it's origins, and the closest match appears to be Saxon 6 day racing frames from the 30's and into the early 1940's. Several Saxon frames from this era similarly feature integrated headset cups, similar frame angles and dropouts. Furthermore, the seat clusters have a similar slot type cutout. Our "best guess" identification is that Saxon had a wealthy customer request one of their builds with highly modified lugs.
The frame has a 57cm top tube and 54cm seat tube (c-c). The seat angle is quite slack, the head angle a bit steeper. Main frame tubing diameter is standard, with very thin stays. The lugs are cut with very long tangs which are roughly in an arrowhead shape. They feature what may read "cmc" in lowercase and read vertically...though they may just be shapes and not letters. We may never know!
The componentry mix is a thing of beauty. The entire build is full of very rare items all in mint show bike condition. Some highlights are the ultra thin Durkopp German crankset and chainring, obscure Oscar Egg hubs with grease ports, and the cleanest 1930's Brooks B17 saddles with oval logo that I've ever seen. The rims have Omelenchuck decals in a deep antique crimson red that really shine against the sea-mint green paintjob.
Gorgeous fully restored show bicycle condition! Zero miles since restoration, and paint is pristine. It appears to have been ridden quite little even before the restoration judging by the condition of the tubes and components. All components are near mint to mint with very little wear. This bike is ready to be put on display in a museum, hung on your wall, or taken to the track to race. All bearings are buttery smooth and well adjusted, chain/chainring/cog show practically zero wear. Tires are from the 1970's, are supple with no visible tread wear, and hold air, but use caution when riding any 50 year old tires. The Brooks saddle is in fabulous condition and completely rideable! Leather is supple and free from any damage aside from some light surface cracking. spiderwebs. Wheels spin smoothly and true. All in all, this bicycle needs nothing.
There is one very minor thing to note. On the downtube near the head lug, there's a couple TINY dents or just metal imperfections under the paint. This appears to have been done long ago, as the paint is perfect there. They are so shallow that I didn't find them until polishing the frame, and the only way I could photograph them is to note that you can see a slight wave in the light glare on the frame. (photo has a note highlighting this)
- Seat tube: 54cm (c-t)
- Top tube: 57cm
- Headtube: 120mm
- Chainstays: ~437mm center of BB to center of dropouts
- Wheelset: Omelenchuck labeled tubular rims on Oscar Egg hubs (36H)
- Chainset: Durkopp Fisenmann (German) - 165mm x 24t -
- 1" Pitch block chain Skip Tooth - Cog: 8t (equivalent 81" gear)
- Saddle: 1930's Brooks B17 - Oval logo
- Pedals: Torrington No. 5 Professional Racing Track Pedals
- Headset: Unknown, engraved "SE" inside diamond
- Stem: Ambrosio Champion (Italian, 1950's)
- Bar: Unknown deep drop pista bars
- Tires: Clement Elvezia tubular