Re: [CR] Zeus: Since 1926 NOW Spanish Bikes & Components


Example: Framebuilding:Tony Beek

From: "Angel M Garcia" <wa2vuy@mindspring.com>
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Subject: Re: [CR] Zeus: Since 1926 NOW Spanish Bikes & Components
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 17:00:51 -0500


A google search in Spanish returned a Spanish site that indicated that "ORBEA y CIA" started producing bikes in 1926. A relationship with Zeus or a coincidence? Orbea was founded in 1860 and was a maker of firearms.

The website provides additional information as below. It wasn't totally clear to me if these are Basque-region only manufactures or not. In any case, it looks like the Basque region does have a rich history in cycling.

The site refers to these as manufactures "being important in their days": "Nicolas Arregui", "Zeus", "Echasa-Fenix", "Cil", Gamma o Abelux.

These auxiliary parts manufacturers are mentioned: "Triplex", "Iris", "Norma", Garechana, "Suar", "Herm├│genes Larra├▒aga", "El Tigre", "Ges".

The bike shops, for sales and repairs, are mentioned: "Cancio Bilbatua", "Salaberria", "Askasibar" o "Juaristi".

This is the website (photos plus trophy from 1936 race): http://www.egoibarra.com/Eibar/Txirrindularitza


> CR Folk:
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> Every Zeus catalog says "since 1926", and the 1977 catalog has a 50th Anniversary emblem in it, so I used to think that Spanish cyclists were buying Zeus parts in 1926.
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> But the painting of the original place of business shows a shop with the family name on it (Arrequi, or am I forgetting the proper spelling?) and since the earlier components are branded Alfa and Super Alfa, I've been wondering when the "Zeus" brand actually materialized.
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> I've never seen pictures of Zeus bikes that looked like they were older than perhaps the 60's, and I've never heard old-timers on the list discussing pre-War or post-War Zeus this and that.
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> Anybody heard of a Zeus bike or parts from the 50's? 40's? 30's?
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> Just curious
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> Brad Stockwell
> Palo Alto