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Bob Jackson frames?(8 posts)

Bob Jackson frames?Frank
Sep 18, 2001 6:40 PM
I bought, but have yet to receive, a NOS 1998 Bob Jackson Reynolds 531C bike. Does anyone have one, and can you give me any idea of what to expect with regard to ride, quality, etc.?

re: Bob Jackson frames?DINOSAUR
Sep 18, 2001 8:38 PM
Reynolds 531 used to be the steel tubing used on high end bikes. I believe there still are a couple of custom frame makers that still use this tubing. You will find a sweet riding, strong, slightly on the heavy side bike (for todays standards). Your only concern will be rust as with all steel bikes. Other than that, if properly cared for it will last forever...Bob Jackson also has an excellent ruputation and has been making steel frames for a couple of decades at least....good choice, you won't be disappointed. What is the component group?? Sounds interesting....
re: Bob Jackson frames?pmf1
Sep 19, 2001 4:12 AM
This is a fairly old, established English company. They typically specialized in touring bikes and only used Reynolds tubing. The geometry (I'd guess) will be a comfortable, more upright touring geometry. Perfect for long rides. I haven't seen a Bob Jackson in quite a while. Good to see they're still around.
re: Bob Jackson frames?jacques
Sep 19, 2001 6:09 AM
Some time ago, one of the big mail order outfits (either Nashbar or Performance - can't remember which) advertised Bob Jackson frames in their catalog. Not sure what that means, other than a "Bob Jackson" bike could be one of those frames with a personal choice of components hung on it. Nothing wrong with that.
re: Bob Jackson frames?pmf1
Sep 19, 2001 7:33 AM
I think it was Nashbar. They were closing out BJ touring bikes. This would be the bike to have if one were to ride cross country. All kinds of eyelets for fenders, racks and panniers. You can even mount cantilever brakes on them (although I can't see what the point of that would be).
re: Bob Jackson frames?jacques
Sep 19, 2001 8:34 AM
Cantilevers used to be the only way to stop a loaded tourer on a fast descent. Racing brakes traded away too much leverage and stiffness for aerodynamics and weight-savings. This may no longer be true.
re: Bob Jackson frames?pmf1
Sep 20, 2001 6:38 AM
All I know is that I had a cross bike with STI levers and canti brakes. They were terrible. I got travel agents and v-brakes. It worked somewhat better, but no where near as good as Shimano road brakes. Maybe its the combination of road sti type levers and these brakes. Just didn't seem to have enough pull no matter how much I tinkered with them.
UK viewzelig
Sep 19, 2001 11:25 AM
Bob Jackson is a long established builder based out of Leeds in Yorkshire, home of some of the best beer in England. You can find historical information about Bob Jackson at .

There was a period in the early 90's when production slowed down but business was re-established in 1993. They have three frame builders in their shop who build free hand, i.e. no jigs, with a vise. They've been a long established user of Reynolds, which was part of TI (tubular investments), which also owned Raleigh bikes in the 1980's and needless to say, is a UK producer of tubing.

Their current design, materials, construction and geometry is thoroughly modern. Their racing frames from 1998 were made in lugged as well as Tig and their geometry is not touring based for their racing models. I can't find there brochures right now but you can inquire at their website or send a letter in the mail and they'll send the brochures. The frames are enamel finished and done on premises.

Reynolds 531C is a fine tube set, double butted although not the lightest. Its specifications are probably still listed at the Reynolds website. Keep in mind that Faliero Masi was making his bikes in the late 60's and early 70's with Reynolds 531 because the story goes that he didn't like the QC from Columbus. A good friend of mine has a Gran Criterium custom made in 1969 under the Vigorelli velodrome and it's 531.