Vintage Bike Shop

Gitane Olympic 1978 (Eroica Qualifying)


Life on Wheels are proud to offer this iconic Gitane Olympic in exceptional condition. This rare Gitane Olympic Record was Gitane's top of the range model, built using Reynolds 531 (all tubes), Campagnolo dropouts and cable guides, it’s the same bike that Bernard Hinault rode to victory in the 1978 Tour de France. The frame has minimal scratches commensurate with its age but has to be considered in excellent condition. The Campagnolo Record groupset is so good it could almost be described as NOS; the bike is beautifully finished with a Cinelli “Unicanitor” leather saddle and bar tape. This is a rare 40-year-old bike in amazing condition and will make the new owner very happy, the bike is lightweight, responsive and beautifully built. Please feel free to come and view the bike, we are open Mon to Sat - 10am to 6pm.

  • Item Condition: Used
  • Availability: Collect from Store
  • Brand: Gitane
  • Gendre: Mens
  • Size: Large
  • Colour: Blue
  • Size CM: 58.5cm
  • ID: 778984
  • Racks: No Racks
  • Gearing: 6-Speed


Frame & Fork - tubing type: Reynolds 531 DB

Frame Dimensions:

  • Seat Tube (c-t): 23
  • Seat Tube (c-c): 22 ¼
  • Top Tube (c-c): 22 ½
  • Head Tube Length: 5 ¾
  • Stand over height: 32 ¼

Year of Frame/bike production 1978
Rear Derailleur Campagnolo Nuovo Record (“Patent 78”)
Front Derailleur Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Headset Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Crankset Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Bottom Bracket Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Stem 3TTT (115mm)
Bar 3TTT Super Leggero
Shift levers Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brake Callipers Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brake Levers Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Hubs Campagnolo Nuovo Record (large flange)
Rims Mavic Argent 10
Spokes Chrome plated
Tyres Hutchinson Corsa/Liontyres Corsa Tubs
Seat Post Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Saddle Cinelli “Unicanitor”
Chain KMC

If you require suitable Vintage pedals or any other period equipment for this bike or a bike you already own, please contact Life on Wheels on 01352 715716


Important Info

Life on wheels offer no warranty on any vintage products however, we carry out a comprehensive structural and mechanical inspection prior to any bike being sold. All bearings are stripped and regreased and the bike fully serviced. Please look at the images of the bike carefully as they form part of the description. In some cases, new tubs are included in the sale where the original tubs show signs of cracking or other age-related issues. Life on wheels do not accept responsibility for the road worthiness of any tubs supplied with their bikes, it is the new owner’s responsibility to check and confirm them fit for purpose prior to the bike being used or ridden. We do our best to correctly identify any components listed are from the correct groupset type and that the framesets are dated accurately. Occasionally we might make an honest mistake, so please ensure you look at the images provided.

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