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Laurent-Archambaud-SL37 Compact Prestige

This intriguing bike has just sold on French Ebay (8 June 2010) for the measly sum of 103 euros.,,and that includes Campag Nuovo Record equipment and Colnago engraved chainrings.

 

Radical at first sight, the frame makes sense by clever use of curved tubes. Clearly it is an attempt to produce an fast-riding attractive lightweight lady's road bike that avoids all the pitfalls of the standard open and mixte frames..

Around the same time that Laurent-Archambaud-Ganolo produced this frame the mid-size quality producer MERAL had just introduced their version of this frame concept except that they had no curved seat tube and short wheelbase..and their top-tube was only mildly curved. The tube, like this one was placed quite high up.

 

This SL37 Compact is weird...but attractive in a sense..wonder how it rides.

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Taken on June 8, 2010