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Gillott Taper Tube - 1953

Owned by: Neil Foddering

Gillott Taper 1

Frame 1953 Gillott Taper Tube model with oversize (1 1/8") top tube; spearpoint lugs; frame size: 24 inches centre to top, with 23 ½" inch top tube, as per Specification A in the 1953 catalogue (Specification B had a 23 inch top tube and was intended for racing or where a more forward seating position was required); Agrati ends, with Simplex gear hanger on rear dropout; braze-ons for gear lever and pump pegs; serial number 53146.
Forks:  Round Gillott gradual taper, with Gillott's "RJB" twin plate fork crown.
Wheels Weinmann 27inch rims on Gnutti small flange hubs.
Chainset Williams C34
Pedals Phillips "Credalux" quill.
Gears Simplex 5-speed "Juy 51" automatic detensioner model
Brakes GB Coureur
Stem/Bars Kint Maes bars on Douglas stem.
Headset Magistroni
Saddle B17 Standard on Titan seat pin
Extra details The Taper Tube model was intended for the tall rider and the taper tubes (and, presumably, the oversize top tube) were intended to stiffen up the very large sized frames.  However, this is a relatively small TT frame at 24 inches and the steering and ride are superlative.

Gillott Taper 3
Simplex Juy 51 automatic detensioner model rear changer with 'doubled' cable
Gillott Taper 2
Gillott's "RJB" twin-plate fork crown