Concorde Squadra

Concorde Squadra

There’s a little detail on the top tube of this Concorde Squadra that reveals the true origin of the Dutch marque: a brazed-on Italian flag. The device can also be found on Ciöcc frames, who supplied Concorde with frames to be branded as their own. This example was carefully rebuilt by Stephan Wijland, a Nederlander who tracked down the source of the early-90s semi-pro team it belonged to.

Any Ciöcc rider will testify to their quality and Stephan’s Concorde is a similar pedigree. They were prominently seen underneath the PDM-Concorde pro team, contesting the classics during the late 80s and early 90s. This Squadra was built for Eddy Vancraeynest, a rider for the KSV Deerlijk-Westauto’s team, active around 1993. The bikes were supplied by Jowan, a Belgian shop.

Stephan’s Squadra is built from aero Columbus Ego tubing and was originally going to be assembled with a Dura Ace 7700 groupset, until he happened upon a donor bike equipped with somewhat more appropriate Campagnolo Record, which was installed instead. He deliberated over the wheels before deciding upon a Mavic CD Ceramic pair.

The frame is a fine example of bi-laminate and fillet brazing, a rarely seen departure from the standard offering from Ciöcc. Shooting the bike in front of the Westauto’s showroom, the original sponsor of the team, was a nice touch. Take a look at the rest of the photos on Stephan’s flickr stream, and you can read the story of the build process on his Retrobike thread.

Concorde Squadra
Concorde Squadra
Concorde Squadra
Concorde Squadra
Concorde Squadra
Concorde Squadra
Concorde Squadra
Concorde Squadra
Concorde Squadra
Concorde Squadra