Christoff anyone?

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Christoff anyone?

Postby PeteV » Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:36 am

G'day, I'm new here and recently back into cycling for health reasons. I'm looking for info on a bike I have inherited.
My father handed me down his old roadie, a Christoff, which he said he bought from the builder Jan Christoff in Adelaide in 1984. It has been reprayed a couple of times so the decals are long gone, but most of the original equipment is on it. It is loaded with Campagnolo super record parts including crank, hubs, downtube shifters, brakes and brake levers. Rims are Mavic SUP. Dad had the rear wheel rebuilt as it originally had a super record 5 speed screw on casette and now has a 8 speed casette/free wheel.
I can't find any info via google and was hoping someone here might know something! Will post up pics once I get my post count up.

Cheers

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Re: Christoff anyone?

Postby stevendavid75 » Thu Nov 25, 2010 2:22 pm

am interested in this bike, what size are talking??

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Postby im_no_pro » Thu Nov 25, 2010 2:27 pm

It's rubbish... you should go and invest in a newer, safer, lighter carbon bike. I will even do you the favour of coming around and getting rid of the Christoff for you.

I'm joking, and im jealous. PM the link to the pics to me and I will insert them in your post for you. :twisted: :twisted:
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Re: Christoff anyone?

Postby PeteV » Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:34 pm

Thanks for the offer Im_no_pro, but it's staying in the family hahaha. Heres a couple of pics I took of lugwork, etc, bear in mind it's a rather battered shade of awful orange at the moment and I only have a camera on my phone.

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Other info I have on the bike/builder is that he lived near Valley View in Adelaide's N/E suburbs and made the bikes at home, this one was his prototype for a couple of bicycles he was trying to get the riders at the 1984 Olympics onto.

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Postby rogerrabbit » Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:14 pm

That is a very nice looking frame. The BB is a high end Japanese model used in the late 70's by Centurion for their Professional model (Cinelli copy). The lugwork looks first class too. Nice hand-me-down!

Hope you do something nice with it!
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Postby PeteV » Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:45 pm

Cheers for that, the plan is to have it powder coated in a pearl white if that colour is available as that was the original colour. Rechrome the forks and fit all the original equipment which I have sitting in a large box, once it is all painstakingly polished. I haven't ridden a bike with downtube shifters since I was in my teens so could get interesting!

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Re: Christoff anyone?

Postby PeteV » Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:44 pm

The rebuild is finally underway! I have sourced some small parts which were missing from the bike but some have just proved impossible to find such as a Campag screw on hub with 32 holes. Also have discovered the original Campag rear derailleur has a crack through the tab where you tighten the cable. Have decided to keep the 8 speed cluster at the rear and the Shimano derailleur (unsure of which model). Yet to decide whether I will stick to the later model Sora dual control levers the old man put on or the downtube campag shifters.
This bike is going to be ridden frequently so will see what provides the better riding experience!
Frame stripped, am having a go at painting it myself. If I stuff it up, well then it shall go to the powder coaters!

edit: forgot to add, apon stripping have discovered drop outs are Campagnolo. Tried to contact the relatives of the builder with no success. Would've been good to find and original decal set!

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Postby PeteV » Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:50 pm

You, my friend, are a DEAD SET LEGEND! Thanks heaps for finding that, hopefully now I can get duplicate decals made!

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Postby drubie » Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:20 am

PeteV wrote:You, my friend, are a DEAD SET LEGEND! Thanks heaps for finding that, hopefully now I can get duplicate decals made!


The 8 speed stuff was mostly cassette - the wheels show up reasonably frequently on ebay around the $200 mark. Sachs made a compatible 8 speed freewheel which works so-so (doesn't have the ramps on the gear teeth to facilitate shifting, uses the old technique of fractionally angled teeth, but the cog spacing is the same as 8 speed campagnolo).

8 speed Ergo shifters... how long is a piece of string? If I put all the bits off my Elan into your pile we could make one nice bike I think. However, I'm not prepared to let my 8 speed Record Ergo levers go as they are sublime.

8 speed Mirage shifters show up semi-regularly for not too much cash - the lever is identical to the original record Ergo other than some detailing - they shift identically. If you want to ride 8 speed, buy those and wait patiently for the better ones. Throw the Sora levers as far as you can.
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Postby craigmcgair » Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:12 pm

Hi mate,
wow that bike brings back some memories! Mr Christoff was my mentor from the age of 13 til age 20ish and made me realise that cycling and his cycles were all about standing out from the crowd. Mr Christoff or (jon) didnt actually build the frames but i believe that Bryan Hayes Re: Euro sport frames, AIS bikes was responsible. Such a classic bike.

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Christoff anyone?

Postby singlespeedscott » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:36 pm

If this frame is a Euro Sport don't go any where near the powder coaters! Take it to a real frame painter and bring it back to what it was when your old man was young.
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Re: Christoff anyone?

Postby PeteV » Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:02 pm

The bike hasn't been powder coated, I'm still sorcing parts and wanted to get a better story on the history before I rebuilt it. I spoke to Brian (really helpful man!) and he didn't build frames for Mr Christoff, Ron Whitehorn did. Unfortunately Ron has killed a few years back in a hit/run so it looks like the history ends there.

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Re: Christoff anyone?

Postby bpm » Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:04 pm

you could track down his son dean whitehorn who also built frames

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Re: Christoff anyone?

Postby bbw101 » Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:46 am

Hello PeteV

Just wondering if you are still out there playing with your Christoff.

I picked one up quite a while ago and am looking at info on the brand / machine.

Cheers
Peter

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Re: Christoff anyone?

Postby Alister Smith » Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:30 pm

Re Christoff.

I believe Jan was Brett Aitken’s coach at some stage. And his wife handmade Aitken’s jerseys.

I’ve got a Christoff. Will try to post a photo

Alister

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