Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    207
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Butted 531 Merckx?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/1970s-Eddy-Merck...?pt=Road_Bikes

    This one looks like it would be straight-guage 531 at best? Kind of puts in to question the Cyclart decal policy. The hard line of only using the correct decals on bikes they paint to protect the vintage world from future fraud?

    I may be wrong but that does not look like a high-end Falcon to me.

  2. #2
    Senior Member love2pedal.com's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Kansas City, MO
    My Bikes
    Look 586, Condor Baracchi, Litespeed
    Posts
    732
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The rr dropouts look really cheap.

  3. #3
    I drank the Kool-Aid! Johnny Alien's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Harrisburg, PA
    My Bikes
    Rivendell Sam Hillborne, 1999 Heron Road
    Posts
    557
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I like orange bikes.

  4. #4
    slow as I ever was Ex Pres's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    an imposter living in the 35223
    Posts
    5,693
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Some nice lugs to go along with the not so nice rear drops and a terrible brake bridge.
    Pretty brazing voids and a 26.4 seatpost.
    All adds up to a top of a line frame to me.

    Can't imagine paying CyclArt what it cost to paint the frame. But it'll make a pretty fixie.

  5. #5
    www.theheadbadge.com cudak888's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Southern Florida
    My Bikes
    http://www.theheadbadge.com
    Posts
    22,730
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Ditto with Chuckk. The previous owner had CyclArt polish a 3-main-tubes turd to make it look like something more desirable.

    I will not believe those tubing decals for a second - and it's not because Chuckk ID'ed the frame - it's because the rest of the decals are the 1990's Kessels set, hence the "Belgian Handmade" lettering. I'll bet you anything that Chuckk's decals are completely different at close inspection (even from the photo he already posted, it's apparent that the original bands appear to be chrome foil).

    -Kurt

  6. #6
    Senior Member longbeachgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Beautiful Long Beach California
    My Bikes
    Eddy Merckx MXL; 2012 CAAD10; 2013 CAAD10 - The Silver and Black; Cannondale CAAD10 DI2 - The Black Dahlia; 2013 Cannondale CAAD10 DI2, The Black Mambo
    Posts
    3,273
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That's not an actual Merckx.

  7. #7
    www.theheadbadge.com cudak888's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Southern Florida
    My Bikes
    http://www.theheadbadge.com
    Posts
    22,730
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
    That's not an actual Merckx.
    Falcon/Clements built.

    -Kurt

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Columbus, Ohio
    My Bikes
    Rivendell A.Homer Hilsen, Paramount P13, Falcon Super Route, Mondia Special, Rodriguez Tandem
    Posts
    945
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
    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.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Wilmette, IL
    Posts
    4,447
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Price is climbing.

  10. #10
    www.theheadbadge.com cudak888's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Southern Florida
    My Bikes
    http://www.theheadbadge.com
    Posts
    22,730
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
    Price is climbing.
    It has long been established that the eBay buyer is amongst one of the least intelligent life forms on Earth.

    -Kurt

  11. #11
    Senior Member oldbobcat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Boulder County, CO
    My Bikes
    '79 Gios, '80 Masi, '06 Felt, early '60s Frejus
    Posts
    2,455
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Save your money for a Raleigh Super Course.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •