please see below.
Not sure what year it is as I can’t find any info on Duarte serial numbers. The frame was built to commemorate a Duarte rider winning the 1985 tour de l’avenir so I guess it’s from around then.
The frame used to belong to HLC - #foamafia strikes again.
I had problems with it originally as I ordered some Soma Hwy One bars in silver 38cm, and the shop in the UK sent me 46’s by accident. I went to put it together and my groupset’s BB was English threaded - this frame had an Italian threaded BB. Then when I first went to ride it, the rear wheel kept pulling forwards. It was a very frustrating time in my life and many tanty’s were had but now I feel like I am almost feeling positive towards this bicycle.
I’ve since used a Shimano skewer that’s cranked down über tight and it seems to work, though I have been reluctant to give it a bootful and it’s for cruising on anyway.
The compacts have changed how I ride and I really enjoy them.
I forget what the measurements are but I think it’s a 53cm top tube. The frame is very nicely finished and has some nice panto’s which Henri chose to highlight with pink paint. The colour looks really nice and it turns a lot of fred’s heads on the riverloop.
105 10sp groupset
3ttt bars and stem
China Crabon wheels
Schwalbe One tyres
If anyone knows much about Duartes then I’m keen to hear your knowledge.
Cheers for looking.