Sunday, October 9, 2011

The beauty of fillet brazing

this wonderful jo routens frame (and assorted bits) recently sold for
$4800 on fleabay
the price jumped 2 grand in the last few seconds of the auction.

rountens was about the only constructeur to fillet braze instead of lug his joins
technically more difficult to do.
the tubes flow into each other smoothly.
this is not why it went for so much
but it is why it is especially lovely
and the kind of frame that so rarely comes up for sale outside France.
shipping was only $200 btw.

the problem with fleabay is that its not an archive
so in 90 days all the pics will disappear
check it out, ebay item no. 170700884078
there's a good short history of the routens marque
and background info on the frame there too.

the lovely cyclo derailleur and its problematic intricate braze-on.
you can see the seller's website address on the watermark
unfortunately he hasn't archived any pics of this frame there either

the same seller auctioned this used rene herse crankset
which went for an astounding $2700!


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