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Chris's Egli

Mike T

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Hope you like this little video about long-distance-rider Chris Kleps and his stunning Egli. If you have any additional information about his bike, I'm sure that Chris would really appreciate learning more about the history of his Egli. Cheers, Mike
 

vibrac

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That Slater Egli is a lot like my first bike that Robinson 4 leading shoe front brake was an insult to engineering about as much good as a chocolate fire guard. After numerous close shaves it deposited me in the gravel trap at the end of the old Norwich straight at Snetterton. I gave it to Ron Kemp to improve (I dont think he ever succeeded) I think i fitted an old gold star drum which was a noticeable improvement!
Here is the only photo I have with that 'front 'appendage' on it1604568488582.png
 

peter holmes

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I think twin leading shoe brakes had a reputation for being potentially a bit snatchy, I guess 4 leading shoes just exacerbates the problem.
 

Glenliman

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At the other end of the spectrum, my single leader BSA front brake wasn't at all snatchy.
The bike would glide along beautifully with the brake full on!

Back to the Egli. A clubmember owns an Egli project which is said to be a Slater " kit"
The kit has never been assembled. The wheels supplied are from a Laverda. They weigh a ton, I think they could be heavier than Vincent wheels. The forks with that kit are also quite heavy.
Headstock angle as I measured it was just 22degrees. This was a strange find given that Terry Prince told me " Fritz and I chose 27 degrees as the headstock angle, same as a Norton Manx, a bike known for great handling"
I traced the complete shape of the 22 degree frame on plywood, but ended up using my own set of dimensions as
that frame just did not seem right. Its never been assembled but my calculations the front wheel would possibly hit on the magneto/magneto replacement.
It seems that there were quite a few different versions of the Slater Eglis and a number of frame builders, some very good ( Cheney) and some not so good.

Glen
 
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vibrac

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I think all real Slaters and CTS were stamped my Slater kit one was cerainly it was in the EV teens
 

passenger0_0

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I think twin leading shoe brakes had a reputation for being potentially a bit snatchy, I guess 4 leading shoes just exacerbates the problem.
I found a norton 4ls front drum brake on a Norvin very progressive and not at all grabbing. Good for around two late braking heavy stops (classic racing) then ....... less good.
Would have made an excellent road brake though.
 

chrisk67

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Here's a similar Slater Egli. Note pre #50 and also with Robinson brake. Memory can feel so definite and still be off.

Glen: My frame number is EV42D. That is an Egli frame number, stamped on a completed frame at Egli's shop. My crankcase is stamped RSEV54. That was stamped by Roger Slater at his shop for a completed Slater bike. Chris
 

Glenliman

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Hi Chris.
I was also referring to Roger's comment that he did not use Robinson brakes and now we have two Slaters with Robinson brakes!
Good to know about the numbers, perhaps his memory of #s starting at 50 is correct.




Glen
 

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