Bike of the Month – March 2021
The origin of our March ‘Bike of the Month’ is not as well-known as the origin Social Media company with a similar logo but the owner assures us that it is has proven to be a ‘real friend’ unlike ‘friends’ you might encounter on the Internet. This bike is regularly ridden in time trials in the Cork area and the owner assures us that it is a fast and comfortable ride.
Bicycle model: Low Profile
Date of Manufacture: 1990
Before the social media giant chose their logo, there was Frontiera (the name means ‘border’ probably a reference to its place of origin). The year is a guess, I need to say that at the start.
Frame: Frontiera Low Profile
The tubing is most unusual as it is fluted externally and fillet brazed. (Note the nice detail of the teardrop cable stop)
Wheels: Rear Campagnolo Chorus laced to Mavic Open 4 (700c) Front Mavic SSC on Profile (650c) – also Zipp 650 thanks to our editor
Tyres: Rear Tubular / Front Tubular – also Continental clincher
Brakes: Shimano 600
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Sealed
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 600 Sis
Front. Derailleur: Shimano 105
Freewheel: Shimano 600 13-21 sprockets (6 Speed)
Gear Levers: Shimano Sis
Stem & Bars: SR & unknown TT bars
Seat Post: Campagnolo
This Frontiera was built when Social Media had a totally different meaning and would possibly have been considered as a way of describing a group of friendly journalists!
Frontiera was the brand name of Border Cycles in Carlisle, UK.
The owner has been racing this bike (illegally according to the UCI!) for his local Covid challenges. He says ‘It’s a fast bike but sadly I don’t make it faster!’.
The frame is beautifully finished and is sculpted to cheat the wind. The forks have an ‘aero shape’, the gentle curve of the top and seat tubes are not unlike what you would see on a ‘legal’ road bike today, but its flared chainstays limit the range of freewheel to max 6 and preferably 5 speed.
If anyone knows about the origins of this bike we’d be delighted to learn more about it.