Old 07-16-20, 01:34 AM
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I seem to remember a few mountain bikes with them as late as 1984-85, but they were odd brands sold by parts distributors.
After that I remember seeing them on all sorts of blow out sales for cheap.
The shop I worked at in school used to toss them from brand new bikes, so many people complained or wanted them upgraded they just assembled the bikes with Weinmann brakes and levers.

Mafac went away around the same time that CLB did, and the French bikes were losing out to Japanese bikes in sales. Before the 80's were out, there were no more French bikes on the floor, it was all Asian bikes for the most part. Companies were failing, changing hands, and shops were scampering for new lines to carry that would sell. Where I was, in the 70's Peugeot and Raleigh were king, by 1980, things were starting to change, sales slowed down, bikes were changing, more and more Asian brands were available, and the wholesale sources were changing. New companies were gaining popularity and thus gaining more floor space in the showroom.
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