Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Bikes: Rivendell A.Homer Hilsen, Paramount P13, (4) Falcon bicycles, Mondia Special, Rodriguez Tandem
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Originally Posted by longbeachgary
That's not an actual Merckx.
What do you mean by "actual Merckx"? The seller claims it is a Falcon built Merckx. If it is, and it certainly looks like a Falcon frame, than it could be an "Actual Merckx" as Eddy Merckx had not yet started building frames himself but had licensed his name to Falcon and Kessel.
A top of the line Falcon or Falcon built Merckx is much more cleanly constructed but this isn't a gaspipe either. I suspect it was a mid level frame. A lot of frames from the early seventies suffer from occasional sloppy brazing. Every builder in Europe who exported to the States had to double production every year to keep up with demand. As a C&V collector and connoisseur I have a tendency to turn up my nose and sniff at such poor workmanship, but in 1976 for a teenager or young adult this was great stuff (for what we could afford then).
But I agree with the others, it's a lot of money to spend on a paint job for a mid level bike and 531DB stickers probably should be 531 Tubing (straight gauge). Maybe worth it to the original owner but not worth it on the market.
This Saturday while cycling I met a guy still riding his Falcon he purchased in 1975 that he had had repainted at Franklin Frames. It looked nice.