I'll let Paul, builder of the frame, tell the story of the bike:
"This was one of several langostinos that I made in 1992-1993. I had a dealer, Cyclecraft in Cupertino, Calif. that had a customer that wanted a 650 wheel bike. Cyclecraft was the first shop to order a significant run of 'cross frames from me-they did that back in '89.....a batch of fillet brazed un-filed baby blue frames. I got the order as Bontrager had decided not to build 'cross frames that season. I began building a lot of frames for Cyclecraft as they liked the work and the price. This langostino was named for the smaller lobster (really a crayfish) as it had smaller wheels. The name was at the request of the owner of Cyclecraft......he wanted a name to distinguish the 650 bikes so I came up with langostino from the Sizzler steak & langostino TV. commercial......very tacky. The bike was made from a drawing provided by Cyclecraft....the drawing was a mess as there were lots of extra top tube lines....obviously someone had trouble making up their mind and didn't know what an eraser was. I built the frame and was told that it was too tall for the rider. I told Cyclecraft to look at the drawing they provided to find out how the frame came to be built ( I never fitted or even met the customer) Cyclecraft then admitted an error and paid me to build another smaller langostino, which I did. I think I did one more, a tri-bike. When Cyclecraft changed hands I dropped the whole langostino thing. The smaller sister to this frame was recently recovered from a landfill in So. San Francisco by a bike recycling shop. I think the tri-bike is still in use by the original owner. Cheers, Paul. Oh, yeah...the decals are reflective....pretty cool for 1992!"
Paul sent us the frame and fork which we built up. The bike had a chamfered bottom bracket shell and had originally been built up with Mavic parts. We had most of a Mavic group so that much would be original. Older 650c wheels were kinda tough to come up with so we sourced these wheels from Cane Creek. They had bought them around 1994 to investigate the technology from Japan.
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|Frame||Tange #2 Cro-Moly|
|Rims||ADK carbon tubular 650c|
|Hubs||ADK, 8 speed cassette|
|Spokes||Stainless steel bladed|
|Tires||Vittoria Pro Team Corsa CX TT|
|Rear Cogs||8 speed Mavic cassette|
|Handlebars||Cinelli Campione del Mundo|
|Brake set||Dia Compe Ac300G|
|Brake levers||Mavic aero|
|Saddle||Turbo yellow perforated|
|Colors||Orange, reflective decals|
|Serial #||T07 (TIG welded bike #7)|
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