The Legend Compe was only made for two years, in 1983 and 1984. It complimented the already popular Lotus sport bike, the
The Legend Compe frame and fork was constructed from Columbus SL or SP Tubing. 50-58 cm frames used SL tubing and the larger 60-64 cm frames used the slightly heavier SP tubing for added strength.
While the Legend Compe frames were similar to the Lotus Legend frames, the Compe frame used tighter racing geometry and did not have threaded eyelets on the fork or rear dropouts for racks or fenders.
The 1983 and 1984 Legend Compe models are two significantly different bicycles. The 1983 Compe model uses the same components as the sport Legend with only minor modifications. The Compe came equipped with a narrow range freewheel and a short cage version of the Suntour Cyclone II rear derailleur. As with previous Lotus racing bicycles, we'd assume the Compe used tubular rims, but we have been unable to confirm this for the 1983 models.
The original 1983 Lotus specification chart, shown below, is not specific in the variation of details between the two different bikes. The specification sheet doesn't even use the word "Compe", just the code "VS-6C Racing", we're assuming the "C" is for Compe.
Every 1983 Legend Compe we have seen has had aftermarket clincher rims installed, a common modification on any Lotus bike originally equipped with tubular tires. If you have a original 1983 Legend Compe with Ukai or Araya tubular or clincher rims installed, we'd love to talk to you about it. Please send us an email