Rotrax Vel d'Hiv
Frame 22½" - Frame No. 56436
- Nervex lugs - Ekla crowned forks - track rear ends
Wheels Harden large flange hub front, modern Ventura coaster brake laced to modern H+Son TB14 rims 32/36
Chainset Stronglight 49d 48t chainring
Pedals Lyotard 460
Gears single speed
Stem/Bars GB alloy Spearpoint stem Renolds Marsh pattern bars
Saddle Brooks B17
Rotrax is one of the slightly less well known framebuilders in the UK but the quality of many of their frames in the early 1950s was as good as the very best available anywhere. The attention to detail on their top models was exquisite.
This classic English lightweight sports beautifully ornate hand-filed frame lugs, as was the style of the period. The restoration includes a modern coaster brake rear hub, seatpost and rims.
The model name Vel D’Hiv was cycling slang for the Parisian Vélodrome d’Hiver or Winter Velodrome.