With a lot of help, I found out more about the red beauty that I carried home on Monday. Though I was certain it was a Takhion, I had no idea what model or year it was, nor what it used to look like before someone rattlecanned it.
|It's not a particularly pretty paint job.|
This is a Takhion Aero from either 1984 or 1985, and either an Experimental Road Racing model (ЭШ-001), or a Bicycle Road Racing Aerodynamic model (ВША-001). In it's past life, it probably looked a lot like this:
|Image from here!!|
Now it's a slightly different story. Sometime during its life it was stripped of parts and paint and sprayed red, with the painter even spraying paint in the headset bearings.
|The bearings held up to the abuse surprisingly well.|
Most people feel bad and adopt pets. I feel bad and adopt frames. So now that I know what this frame looked like in its heyday, I believe it deserves a truly proper restoration.
|At least the bars were kept with the frame.|
This frame is headed out for stripping and repainting back to its original state - it will be fully restored to the best of my abilities (and what parts I can get for it).
|With any luck, I'll soon have a cap for this guy as well.|
I have one other frame I need to wait for before I trek out to the powder coater, so in the meantime here a few "before" photos.
|Paint filled headset internals.|
|Takhions had proprietary shifting levers, and a proprietary mount.|
|Clean, classy lugs.|
|Columbus dropouts. This is what threw me off - I've never seen a Takhion that didn't have the serial stamped on the dropouts. Apparently this is rare.|
|Classic bottom bracket with the signature and the serial number.|
|Paint in the BB shell. Really?|
|The handlebar mounts are in good shape! No paint on those, at least.|
|Different fork lugwork than I've seen.|
|Smaller frame, but not tiny. 56cm center to top.|
I can't wait to get this frame back to its original glory!