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Meca Dural frame seat tube 52cm top tube 54cm OLD 125mm used
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This used Meca Dural frame has cosmetic damage including scuffs and scratches on the frame and rust

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Oct 04, 2013
US $950.00
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Seller Notes: This used Meca Dural frame has cosmetic damage including scuffs and scratches on the frame and rust on some of the bolts. The head badges are missing. Please see the photos. There have been alterations to the frame including the removal of the derailleur mounting tab, the removal of the shift lever stud and there are two sets of what appear to be sanded down rivets on the seat tube and down tube. There is a cable guide on the front of the top tube with two holes, one of which has been enlarged.
Type: Frame and fork For Bike Type: Road Bike - Racing

Meca Dural





Country of Manufacture: France


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The Meca Dural aluminium frames were made between the 1930s and 1950s, constructed from Alumag (a brand of aluminum-magnesium alloy) tubing held in place in the lugs by internal expanders. Duralumin is twice the strength of aluminium, despite being light in weight, and was originally designed for use in Zeppelin airships and early aircraft.

The Mecadural frames were mass produced and filled a gap in the market for those who couldn’t afford Caminargents, Barras and other handmade aluminium frames. Meca Dural manufactured its frame not only under their own marque but for other bicycle companies as well. I have found it badged under nine names so far:

·         Meca Dural

·         Mercier Meca Dural

·          Meca Dural Le Ducq

·         Metal Aviation Duravia

·         Meca Dural F. Pelissier

·         Meca Dural Archambaud

·         Meca Dural Duravia

·         Meca Dural Norlux

·         Meca Dural A. Magne

Different manufacturers not only equipped the frames with their own choice of parts but also could choose forks in steel or aluminium.

This particular frame had a mix of parts that was obviously not all original. The wheels were Mavic rims with Normandy Competition hubs, the drive train was a mix of TA triple cranks, an early 60’s Simplex derailleur, a 1970’s Simplex front derailleur and an early version set of Shimano index/friction option down tube shift levers. The Mafac Dural Forge brakes may have been original equipment.

In the process of installing these upgrades the brazed on shifter stud on the top tube was removed. The mounting tab for the rear derailleur was sawn off and there are locations on the seat and down tubes which show evidence of having had perhaps mounts for chainguards which were removed.

There are three brazed on cable guides, two on the top tube and one on the seat stay. The one near the head tube has two holes. The one near the seat tube has three holes and the one on the seat stay has two holes. The first was obviously for the rear brake cable and something else?! The second probably for a double cable Cyclo Standard derailleur and the rear brake and the third also for a Cyclo Standard rear derailleur.

The fork is unlike any I have seen and may indicate it is from late in the production of these frames. Not only are the fork blades held in place in the fork crown by allen bolts but the dropouts are attached to the fork blades by allen bolts as well.

Overall the frame appears in very good condition. It has polished up brilliantly and with its unique fork and a tasteful choice of parts would make a stunning addition to any collection.

Seat tube: 52cm

Top tube: 54cm

OLD: 125mm

Bottom bracket axle: 123mm

Serial number: 27818


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