W.F. Holdsworth Mistral
W.F. Holdsworth Mistral (1976)
Source: VeloBase User abuhugh
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Model: Mistral
Brand: W.F. Holdsworth
Category: Road Touring
Years: 1963 - 1983
Country: England
Production: Individual Hand Crafted
Sold As: Unknown
Material: Steel
Construction: Lugged
Drivetrain: Derailleurs
Wheel Size: 27"
Added By: abuhugh on 12/26/11
Updated By: abuhugh on 09/21/12
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Model General Information
The name 'Mistral' was revived in the 1960s being originally used in the 1930s.  The revived model  - always built in Reynolds 531 throughout - seems to have been initially marketed as a model that could function as a winter trainer or tourer but which could be put to use for time trialling for those that needed a general purpose machine and could not afford a dedicated racer. However, the frame geometry was always along classic 72 degree parallel tourer lines.  Towards the end of production, in the 1980s, the marketing was very much as a straight tourer (e.g. with complete bikes offered with Campagnolo Rally rear mech as standard) and other contemporary Holdsworth models sold for dedicated competition work.
Primary Example:W.F. Holdsworth Mistral (1976)
Years:1976Sold As:Bare Frameset
Bottom Bracket:English/ISO: 1.370 x 24Brake Mounting:Exterior Nutted
Lug Style:Brake Guides:2x offset to right under top tube
Fork Style:Curved BladesSeat Stays:Wrap Around
Fork Crown Style:Semi-slopingMain Tubing:
Rear Dropouts:CampagnoloColor(s):
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Frame Serial Numbers(click to expand)
Serial NumberFrame DetailYearAdded By
43495W.F. Holdsworth Mistral (1976)1976abuhugh
Brand Information(click to expand)
 One of many English large scale frame builders who over time bought out their rivals and eventually grew too big for their own good.  Examples from their early years through the 60's are said to be of extraordinarily quality.  However through the 70's and certainly in the 80's the frames became mass produced product.  However even these later examples are reported to be fine riding frame, just do not have the workmanship of the earlier frames.  Holdsworth bought out builders Claud Butler and Freddie Grubb among others.
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