The Malvern Star L.A. 84 was released to commemorate those Olympics, but is a far cry from what the Olympians would have been riding. Still, it’s a step up from the Sportstar that I was in the process of renovating and so has jumped the proverbial recyclist’s queue … the frame is nice and high, with a 59cm seat tube and a relatively short 56cm top tube.
The frame is indicated as being double butted Chrome-Moly steel, and I at least think the 3 main tubes are, as they have that high ‘ting’ sound when tapped. Other nice features are 27″ Araya alloy rims on decent Shimano hubs ( though the back axle was found to be mysteriously bent ), SR Laprade fluted alloy post 26.6mm, SR alloy stem and SR “Road Champion” alloy bars with Cinelli tape.
The brakes are Dia Compe ‘500’ side pull callipers. Shimano Z series gear components are reasonable too, with a mid length rear derailleur to cope with the 32T largest cog and 12 friction shifted gears via stem shifters. A Tange Seiki headset looks to be in decent condition. There is a single plastic star on the head tube in typical Malvern Star fashion.
The ordinary parts include an alloy crank / steel ring combination 52/40T Takagi chainset and a basic PVC covered plastic saddle. Also the rear dropouts are only pressed steel 126mm and the front are 95mm wide. Brake levers are those annoying Dia Compes with no gel hoods and suicide levers … ah well.
It’s a good starting point, and I would like to keep the old parts aside just in case I want to build it back as fully original.
I can’t understand how the axle got so bent when the derailleur appears straight – the dropout needed straightening too.
These KKT pedals are exceptionally light – one is tight and has some rust under the black end cap – hopefully it’s not terminal.