1972 Holdsworth Super Mistral
This beauty I found literally hanging in a garage since 1972. I tried to revive the saddle but no luck, the hot desert air had completely dried it and the tubular tires out!
I loved this bike but it was always just a bit too tall for me. So when a friend offered up a Colnago Superissimo frame for trade I (somewhat sadly) did the deal.
Re-introduced in 1963 it became the most successful Holdsworth road frame. It was a full Reynolds 531 butted frameset at a modest £13.19.6d and was an immediate success. It had 72o parallel angles, Prugnat “I” Type Italian spearpoint lugs and a plain, sloping-shouldered crown. The 41″ wheelbase made it versatile, being suitable for time – trialing to touring, with ample clearances and safe steering. Its best feature was its incredibly strong rear triangle, its 5/8 ” seat stays fully wrapped over the seat cluster by a long tapered chamfer. It had Campagnolo forged dropouts with screw-in adjusters. It was robust, reliable and cornered well. It sold very well and effectively blew away the Cyclone and Monsoon.
|Frame & Fork||1972 Holdsworth Super Mistral|
|Rear Derailleur||Campagnolo Nuovo Record|
|Shifters||Campagnolo Bar End|
|Brakes||Mafac Dural Forge|
|Hubs||Zeus High Flange|
|Tires||Challenge Strada Bianca 28×30 Tubulars|
|Handlebar Tape||Cotton Cloth|