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1980's 'cicli cecco' track. (sold)

Couple of months ago i saw this trackbike on our local marketplace online. When i saw the tubeset used, it draw my attention. And not long after i picked up this trackbike. Which is rather special and unique. Columbus EL oversized tubing, Colnago dropouts, bottom bracket shell and Colnago pista fork. Panasonic seatstay lug. . After talking with the seller, he told me that master framebuilder Jan le Grand made this frame for him. The seller and Jan became good friends and Jan made a frame for him. He was a big fan of Francesco Moser, and his nickname was Cecco. And thats how Cicli Cecco was born :) You might wonder why the Colnago bb-shell and pista fork. In the early 80's Jan le grand also built bikes for the Dutch national team who went through life as Colnago. And i believe he made this frame with was was available at that moment in the workshop. . Jan le Grand born in Amsterdam Holland,rode as an independant professional for Raleigh, a manufacturer for which he went on to play a very important role, be it not as a rider. His trackrecord shows he was not without merit in particular on the track. The real fame however came by the raceframes he built which still count as highlights in the Dutch frame construction. . During his active cycling years, he built his own frames. In the late ’60s, when he stopped racing he joined as a frame builder at mister Stroober’s (Presto). In the mid 70s Peter Post asked if Le Grand would like to become chief mecanic for his newly formed TI-Raleigh team. Le Grand teamed up with Post and stayed untill the end when the teanmname was changed to Panasonic. At Panasonic, he was involved in the development of PR-6000 Panasonic teamcycles. Besides his work for the cycling Le Grand also makes frames on special demand. He built the lightest bike ever in the world for Dutch track cyclist Roy Schuiten , perhaps the best time trialist of his time. . In 1975, Roy Schuiten made two attacks on Eddy Merckx's World hour record in Mexico. Both attempts failed. it was not about the bicycle of Le Grand made. For the record attempt, Jan also liked to use disc wheels, but they were declared unlawful by the UCI. To his surprise, Moser was allowed to ride with this kind of wheels years later, which offers a huge aerodynamic example. Eddy Merckx, who is known as a perfectionist when the material arrives, was also a very satisfied customer of Jan. During the six days of Rotterdam 1974 in any case, Eddy didn't have to change his bike on two evenings, while that was a prototype, but it was from Jan le Grand. He worked for 3 years for Presto and for Peter Post still as a rider since 1969. . Jan le Grand is one of few Dutch builders certified to build with Reynolds 753 tubing. Each frame builder who wanted to use it was given a test-set of 753 tubes with a bottom bracket, silver solder, flux and instruction. A test frame had to be made which was returned to the UK where Reynolds did five tests to establish the skill of the builder. Only if you passed all five tests you did get the certification. . After the break-up of the Post team Le Grand had a difficult time. He lived and works between his bikes in the old Sturmey-Archer building in Amsterdam. When he had to leave the building he went into a heavy depression. Fortunately, as we have heard, Jan is doing well at the moment and you can talk about anything BUT NOT ABOUT BIKES, which is now a taboo word for him. . Courtesy of this info can be found on: klassiekeracefiets.info/2011/09/30/jan-legrand/ . . Jan le Grand thank you for your amazing frames and work, and i hope you found your peace. This frame rides like a dream and i am very happy to own a frame coming from his hand. . . 61cm center center 63cm center top 58cm top tube

Frame:
Columbus EL- Oversized.

Fork/Headset:
Columbus Colnago pista fork / Promax.

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Dura Ace NJS FC-7600 / Shimano

Pedals:
Shimano

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
47-16 / 16T / Dura Ace NJS 47T / NJS

Handlebars/Stem:
Moser pista / ITM 120mm

Saddle/Seatpost:
Brooks professional / 26.8mm

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Rigida DP18 / Dura Ace HB-7600 / Continental GP attack

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Rigida DP18 / Dura Ace HB-7600 / Continental GP force

Accessories:
Kashimax top tube protector

More Info:
One of a kind, and a very smooth ride :) *sold*

Added by kobe. Last updated 10 months ago.

As of 10 months ago, kobe has indicated that they no longer own this bike.

3 Comments

Ashok_Captain

Ashok_Captain says:

If you ever meet Jan, please give him my best say his work (no 'B' word) is greatly appreciated in India as well.

Posted about 1 year ago

Ashok_Captain

Ashok_Captain says:

Awesome bike, awesome history. Thanks for posting. And best vibes to Jan Legrand/ le Grand. Roy Schuiten was a legend! Remember him in the day. : D

Posted almost 2 years ago

kobe

kobe says:

Hey thanks man yeah its a super nice frame. just a bit to big for me, but i can manage :)

Posted about 1 year ago