Francesco Moser World Hour Record Replica 1984
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|Manufacturer: Francesco Moser|
|Size: 68 cm|
|Condition: The bike is in good condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents and is not bent. Paintwork and decals are original. All parts are working. Tires are a bit porous.|
|Product ID: 9250|
|In Mexico City in 1984, Italian cycling superstar Francesco Moser ventured an attempt at the prestigious world hour record. Eddy Merckx had set it in 1972 and it had since been unbroken.
To achieve his goal, "lo sceriffo" took a different approach than Merckx did 12 years before. Merckx rode on a bike with a classic geometry and drop bars, which was lightened to the maximum you could risk for such a power output.
Moser thought differently, he tried to ride his bike as aerodynamical as possible. This involved special clothing and a very special bike. It was not precisely lightweight but the frame forced The rider's body into an aerodynamic position. The machine rolled on disc wheels and featured a bull horn handle bar. His aerodynamic improvements earned Francesco Moser the eagerly anticipated record, which he was able to raise in a second attempt to 51151 meters!
The bike that played such a big part in this triumph became the iconic paragon for all time trial and pursuit bikes of the following years. Everybody rode with bullhorn bars, low profile frames, small front wheels, disc wheels.
Some riders longed so much for this bike, that they got one from the Moser manufacture. But since the price for such a Replica was immense, there were just a handful made.
The Francesco Moser World Hour Record Replica 1984 which we present here, belonged to the Austrian national champion of 1985, Bernhard Rassinger. Some might have seen it before, at an exhibition at the Portland Art Museum or the Design Museum Holon. It might as well have cought some bicycle aficionado's attention when it was sold at the auction of the famous Embacher collection.
And here it is. It is not a Replica, made by some frame builder but an official piece created by The F.Moser manufacture in Trento. It is as close as you can get to the original. And it has even been signed by Cecco!
If you wonder about the height of this bike, it is a useful information that the distance from pedal axle to the top of the saddle is about 92cm. Depending on the pedals and shoes it would equal a 57-58cm seat tube on a normal bike.
This is really an icon, a legend and an inspiration. If you think a Cinelli Laser is a rare bike, take a long look at this machine and think again.