To British racing enthusiasts of a certain age the colour orange means only one thing: Holdsworth-Campagnolo. The all-conquering team of the 1970s featured famous names like Les West, Colin Lewis and Keith Lambert.
The team disbanded at the end of the 1978 season just as the recession started to kill off the domestic scene, but a project to create a modern take on the classic Holdsworth race bike is about to bear fruit.
At the heart of the new Holdsworth is an exclusively designed lugged steel frame, of which a limited run of 150 across three sizes will be offered.
Called the Holdsworth Professional, the new machine at a glance resembles the 1978 Super Professional SL. However, using modern Reynolds 725 tubes, a carbon fork and a Campagnolo Athena 11-speed groupset, the new Holdsworth promises to ride like a thoroughly modern racing bike.
Product manager Ed Smith said: “They have been quite a challenge to develop, mainly due to the limited numbers we wanted to offer, the amount of tooling involved, and long lead times on some of the components, but I’m finally happy with them.”
The price will be £2,500 for the complete bike and the three sizes offered are 53cm, 56cm and 58.5cm. Watch this space for a full test soon.