Mercier Service Course
Model: Service Course
Brand: Mercier
Category: Road Race
Years: 1960's
Country: France
Production: Unknown
Sold As: Unknown
Material: Steel
Construction: Lugged
Drivetrain: - - - -
Wheel Size: 700c
Added By: JFischer on 02/02/11
Updated By: bobasmar on 05/09/15
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Primary Example:Mercier Service Course
Years:N/ASold As:Unknown
Bottom Bracket:French: 35mm x 1mmBrake Mounting:Exterior Nutted
Brake Bridge:Derailleur Cable Routing:N/A
Lug Style:Fancy Multi-pointBrake Guides:Clamp on
Fork Style:Curved BladesSeat Stays:Capped, flat
Fork Crown Style:Flat CrownMain Tubing:
Rear Dropouts:HorizontalColor(s):burgundy with white
Example:Mercier Super Vitus 971 (Late 1970's - Early 1980's)
Years:Late 1970's - Early 1980'sSold As:Complete Bicycle
Main Tubing:Super Vitus 971Wheel Size:700c
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Frame Serial Numbers(click to expand)
Serial NumberFrame DetailYearAdded By
xxxx061x022F35Mercier Service Course?JFischer
16338Mercier Super Vitus 971 (Late 1970's - Early 1980's)Late 1970'sbobasmar
Brand Information(click to expand)
Famously ridden by the perpetual runner up at the Tour de France, Raymond Poulidor Mercier frames were among a handful of top tier French bicycles. Mercier produced a wide range of bicycles from cheep heavy steel road bikes to the higher end steel "Service des Courses" framesets. With their quintessential pink paint jobs "Service des Courses" frames were comparable to any high end racing bicycles. The "Service des Courses" frames came painted in other colors than pink and usually have long point cutout lugs with Reynolds or Columbus tubing. As well as steel frames Mercier sold screwed and glued aluminum or carbon models produced by Vitus. Mercier famously sponsored the GAN team and is best remembered as the bike Raymond Poulidor rode in his attempts to win the tour. Joop Zoetemelk also rode special 'Formula One' framesets with aero Vitus tube-sets in his years on Mercier sponsored teams. Much like Gitane and Peugeot, Mercier took advantage of the 70's American bike boom and produced many mediocre low end bicycles as well as hand crafted custom frames for top French riders. Like many brands today the Mercier marque currently adorns mass produced bikes manufactured in the far east and have nothing to do with the original French bicycle company.
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