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Diamant Track - TZG edition

This track bike was produced in the Diamant bike factory in Karl-Marx-Stadt in former GDR in 1976. It was made as a training bike for the sport club “SG Wismut Gera”, where it was painted in the typical club colours (3 red-orange crosslines on grey base colour). The outlines of the lugs were painted in black and the frame was marked with the abbreviation TZG 13/8 on the top tube. This abbreviation stands for “Trainingszentrum Gera" (training centre Gera), which had 13 of these track bikes in use. I got this frame with the original fork (unfortunately drilled), headset, bottom bracket and Keba track chain. At first, I used all the things I stored over the years to put this bike in a rideable shape with a classic fixie look. Besides this I was always looking for original parts, whereby the first extemporary parts were replaced step by step. Firstly, I rode this bike in a road configuration with a Diamant racing bar and an additional front brake. Later on, I decided not to use the bike in normal road traffic any longer, because I got more and more interested in track cycling. Consequently, I removed the front brake, closed the drilling hole in the fork and added an original Elsner track stem and a drop bar.

Frame:
Diamant track

Fork/Headset:
Diamant track/Renak

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Diamant track 165mm/Renak track

Pedals:
Infesto racing with toe clips and red textile straps

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Diamant 52T/Renak 16T/Keba track chain

Handlebars/Stem:
Elsner track stem/Noname drop bar

Saddle/Seatpost:
Favorit Track Saddle/Campagnolo Aero

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Renak track hub/Grünert rim/Conti Giro tube

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Renak track hub/Grünert rim/Conti Giro tube

Accessories:
Soldered spike crosses/lacquered textile handlebar tape/carved cork plugs

More Info:
This track bike is the Diamant model 35 708 with a frame size of 50 cm. It was put in an authentic original condition with soldered spike crosses and lacquered textile handlebar tape with carved cork plugs. The only modern parts on this bike are the tubular tyres, chain tensioners and the handlebar. The no-name handlebar will be replaced as soon as I can get hands on the original Diamant track bar. As a final note I want to say that this track bike is not an exhibit, at the weekends it is still in use on professional cycling tracks.

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. the first steps
  2. nearly finished

Current Stage Info:

Just a original track bar is still missing.

Added by steelbuddie. Last updated almost 3 years ago.

13 Comments

alex_iacob

alex_iacob says:

Damn! This bike has p-e-r-s-o-n-a-l-i-t-y!

Posted over 3 years ago

steelbuddie

steelbuddie says:

Thank you sir :-)

Posted over 3 years ago

vp1337

vp1337 says:

Amazing work.

Posted almost 4 years ago

steelbuddie

steelbuddie says:

Thanks a lot. I got some new original parts so the story will be updated soon :-)

Posted almost 4 years ago

simplicated

simplicated says:

I like a bike with a story.

Posted almost 4 years ago

steelbuddie

steelbuddie says:

Thanks dude! Me too :) That's why I've written down all these facts here.

Posted almost 4 years ago

marcus21121

marcus21121 says:

How did you closed the holes of the fork? Any advises/pics?

Posted almost 4 years ago

steelbuddie

steelbuddie says:

Hey! I've closed the holes with some special 2-component placticine. Then I plane grinded the spots and painted it with some chrome colour. You can still see it from certain angles, but it's better than a hole ;-)

Posted almost 4 years ago

kobe

kobe says:

Nice work man :)

Posted almost 4 years ago

steelbuddie

steelbuddie says:

Thanks :-) It was alot of work to get all the original parts :-S

Posted almost 4 years ago

ghostridethewhip

ghostridethewhip says:

+1

Posted over 3 years ago

FABEL

FABEL says:

exceptional build, seriously exceptional. I'm sure it was plenty of work to source all of these parts. your decisions seem to be perfectly on point & gives off a lot of personality that other bikes with similar rarity just can't pull off.

Posted almost 3 years ago

steelbuddie

steelbuddie says:

Thanks for your words FABEL :-) Your are right, it was alot of work, but it was worth it :-D

Posted almost 3 years ago