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1st Generation Campagnolo Super Record – SB9 Stripdown

SB9 1st Gen Campagnolo Super Record Ready to Strip

1st Gen Super Record components on an original paint 1974 SBDU bike! Not just a 1974 SBDU bike, but also a single digit SBDU bike! This bike has to be preserved. It is suffering, it has 46 years of dirt, built up year on year, layer on top of layer. To see the real beauty of SB9, it needs a deep clean.

So, cleaning is the way forward. I want to bring it back to it’s glorious best and make it rideable – although it is too small for me, each and every bike should be in a rideable state, and this isn’t.

No paint touch ups, no new transfers, no new cables – everything that was original is staying. But some items aren’t original including the bar tape, saddle, rims and tyres, so I have scope to replace these with period parts.

Why Take it Apart?

I could simply clean this bike, it would take a lot of work, but it could be done. Some places would be difficult to reach and I wouldn’t be able to guarantee getting access to do it properly. Areas around the bottom bracket are easy to see and reach but only with the chain set removed…

SB9 1st Gen Campagnolo Super Record Dirt Build Up
SB9 1st Gen Campagnolo Super Record Dirt Build Up

Other areas, especially in and around the 1st Gen Super Record components, would be more difficult. The rear brake caliper is an example. Difficult to clean in place, but easy with it removed…

SB9 1st Gen Campagnolo Super Record Brake Caliper
SB9 1st Gen Campagnolo Super Record Brake Caliper

A problem that often happens with old bikes is the grease! Grease gets old, it dries, it goes hard. The same has happened here. When you hold a wheel and spin the hub, or turn the chainset or bars, you can feel for any issues.

SB9 1st Gen Campagnolo Super Record Titanium Bottom Bracket Grease
SB9 1st Gen Campagnolo Super Record Titanium Bottom Bracket Grease

The grease in the Super Record cup above is in a terrible state, it has to be cleaned and refreshed.

A Previous Preservation

SB6398 is an example of my preservation process. This bike came to me in ok condition, but it was such an important bike to me, that I wanted to make it as good as possible. I wanted the frame and parts to be at their best, that meant taking it apart, cleaning it, and rebuilding it with all its original parts.

SB6398 SBDU Ilkeston Reynolds 753R Campagnolo Super Record 50th Anniversary Build Complete
SB6398 SBDU Ilkeston Reynolds 753R Campagnolo Super Record 50th Anniversary Build Complete

SB6398 is the same bike I received, the paint and the parts are all original to the bike, it is just cleaner and functioning much better than it was. The plan for this bike is the same.

A Walk Though of SB9 – Current Untouched Condition

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Frame and Parts… Bit by Bit

Fork

I removed the fork a couple of weeks ago. Out of curiosity, I wanted to see what was stamped on the steerer. It was exactly as I expected… ‘SB’.

SB9 1st Gen Campagnolo Super Record Chrome Fork
SB9 1st Gen Campagnolo Super Record Chrome Fork

There have been variations of fork stamp on early frames, but generally, most early forks will have ‘SB’. The other stamp confirms the single butted nature of the Reynolds 531 steerer. The fork crown and blades are in overall good condition but require a clean. The ‘TI’ transfers are in very good condition.

Frame

The frame is nothing but stunning. It is 46 years old but sadly hiding it’s lovely paintwork under years and years of dirt. Areas that suffer with dirt build up are around the seat stays and seat lug, bottom bracket, frame ends and brake bridge – and it’s dirty in all of those areas.

SB9 1st Gen Campagnolo Super Record Difficult to Clean Areas
SB9 1st Gen Campagnolo Super Record Difficult to Clean Areas

It has also been built with cotton tape cut to shape under the gear lever band and top tube brake cable clips. This has left a hard dry gum residue on the frame. The chrome clips and steel fastenings have also suffered from corrosion.

SB9 1st Gen Campagnolo Super Record Cotton Tape Under Chrome Bands
SB9 1st Gen Campagnolo Super Record Cotton Tape Under Chrome Bands
SB9 1974 SBDU Chrome Clips and Fastenings
SB9 1974 SBDU Chrome Clips and Fastenings

There are a mix of transfers. The TEAM and RALEIGH will be relatively easy to clean, they are intact and firm. But the Reynolds 531 frame transfer and the ‘Race Proved’ transfer at the base of the seat tube are rather delicate and will need to be treated carefully.

SB9 1st Gen Campagnolo Super Record Frame Transfers
SB9 1st Gen Campagnolo Super Record Frame Transfers

SBDU Yellow Head Tube

But no matter how much work the frame requires, that yellow head tube on an SBDU frame is the star of the show.

SB9 1st Gen Campagnolo Super Record SBDU Yellow Head Tube
1st Gen Campagnolo Super Record SBDU Yellow Head Tube
SB9 1974 Yellow Head Tube
SB9 1974 Yellow Head Tube
SB9 1974 SBDU Frame
SB9 1974 SBDU Frame

1st Gen Super Record Parts

PATENT-73 Rear Derailleur

Dirty but in perfect order with very little, if any evidence of marks or use. This Campagnolo Super Record 1st Generation Super Record PATENT-73 Derailleur should clean up perfectly.

SB9 SBDU PATENT 73 Super Record Rear Derailleur
PATENT 73 Super Record Rear Derailleur
SB9 SBDU PATENT 73 Super Record Rear Derailleur Back Plate
SB9 SBDU PATENT 73 Super Record Rear Derailleur Back Plate

Campagnolo Super Record Headset

The grease in this early Super Record headset is dead, it needs replacing. The exterior of the headset is really nice, maybe one slight burr on a corner of the top nut (not by me!)

SB9 SBDU Super Record Headset
SB9 SBDU Super Record Headset

1st Gen Super Record Titanium Bottom Bracket

This part really does show the problem with old grease. It came out of the frame really easily. You have to be careful removing the plastic sleeve. These 2 part sleeves can become brittle and fragile over time and have a tendency to crack. No such problems with this one.

1st Gen Super Record Titanium Bottom Bracket
1st Gen Super Record Titanium Bottom Bracket

The axle markings are 68-SS-120 with rifled aluminium cups.

1st Gen Super Record Titanium Bottom Bracket 68 SS 120
1st Gen Super Record Titanium Bottom Bracket 68 SS 120

Brake Calipers

These really show the accumulation of dirt, and why it was necessary to strip it.

Campagnolo Super Record Brake Calipers
Campagnolo Super Record Brake Calipers

Everything Else

The remaining parts only need a clean and a small amount of rust removal, for instance, the chain ring bolts. One thing I’m always conscious of is not over cleaning and definately not polishing. These parts don’t come out of the box with a mirror polished finish, so they shouldn’t be treated to one.

SB9 1974 SBDU Super Record Parts
SB9 1974 SBDU Super Record Parts

1974 Reynolds 531 SBDU Frame

This is the first step on the road to preserving this bike. There are so few of these original bikes with original paint and original parts. They are the very start, the building blocks, of the many frames built by this unit for some of the worlds’s best cyclists.

This bike really does need and deserve to have the best possible effort to keep it from deteriorating and to preserve it for another 46 years.

SB9
SB9 1974
SB9 1974
SB9 1974 SBDU Frame and Fork
1974 SBDU Frame and Fork

6 Comments

  1. Paul Moxon

    Hi Neil just wanted you to know I think your doing a great job regarding sbdu. I worked at the Ilkeston factory till the day it closed regards Paul Moxon

    • Neil McGowran

      Hi Paul

      Thanks for the comment. I saw you pictured at a reunion a few years ago, stood with a few other Ilkeston guys. It’s great to get feedback like that from someone that was actually in the middle of it all.

      You’ve probably had a hand in many of the frames in my collection.

      Thank you for the effort and detail you guys put into them.

      Cheers
      Neil

  2. Paul Moxon

    Thanks Neil my job was silver soldering the 753 frames and brazing the 531 and reserve in the spray shop it was virtually one man per job so when holidays cropped up I was the paint man it was great job cheers.

    • Neil McGowran

      So you are the ‘Paul’ referred to in Mick Mullett’s Recollections document he wrote a little while ago… “The assembly was then passed back to Paul who brazed or silver soldered (depending on whether 531 or 753) all the joints with the frame held in alignment on a surface table.”

      I could force a million questions on you but I i don’t want to plague your life – the praise from an SBDU frame builder is more than enough.

      Cheers
      Neil

  3. Paul Moxon

    That’s me Neil I started at carlton cycles when I was 17yrs then moved to sbdu when I was 20 there were four of us that travelled from worksop to Ilkeston. I think I was 32 when Ilkeston closed we didnt move to Nottingham as
    We were already doing 11hours a day travelling and going to nott would have put a lot more time on a day also our contracts were being changed but I think Raleigh made a big mistake moving.its brilliant to talk about it. I will never forget working there sadly not many of us left I was the youngster and I’m 66. Cheers.

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