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Eddie Merckx by Falcon

Old 05-10-15, 05:15 PM
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Eddie Merckx by Falcon



https://tallahassee.craigslist.org/bik/5008023994.html

Sorry for asking so many questions on road bikes lately, I just want the best opinions I can get before this coming Friday. (Getting my paycheck and I want to buy the best bike for the money)

I just came across this Eddie Merckx by Falcon on craigslist for $300 the guys description was very short and I cannot seem to find much about this bike in regards of pricing. I will attach the original ad to this posting.

I am just curious to know a little about the bike, and if it is truly from the 1970's as listed, also a FMV for the bike.

Again sorry for posting so much, this is the only site I can get great opinions on, I very much appreciate all of the input thus far.

Thanks in advance
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Old 05-10-15, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Mrb14k View Post


https://tallahassee.craigslist.org/bik/5008023994.html

Sorry for asking so many questions on road bikes lately, I just want the best opinions I can get before this coming Friday. (Getting my paycheck and I want to buy the best bike for the money)

I just came across this Eddie Merckx by Falcon on craigslist for $300 the guys description was very short and I cannot seem to find much about this bike in regards of pricing. I will attach the original ad to this posting.

I am just curious to know a little about the bike, and if it is truly from the 1970's as listed, also a FMV for the bike.

Again sorry for posting so much, this is the only site I can get great opinions on, I very much appreciate all of the input thus far.

Thanks in advance
Eddie Merckx branded bicycle from the mid 70's by Falcon. Any questions just ask. Thanks for looking.

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Old 05-10-15, 05:24 PM
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I tried asking him he hasn't responded, the only thing he said was that it was still available.
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Old 05-10-15, 05:29 PM
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The above bike is too small. Look at the steering tube it is relatively short, indicating about a 54cm frame.
Time to read up on sizing in the frame size thread and what to look for.

Check out mytenspeeds.com.
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Old 05-10-15, 05:36 PM
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Someone made a real POS labeled Eddy Merckx bike in the 1970s. I think it was Falcon but that bike looks nicer than I expected. Sorry I don't have more info but buyer beware! Try Googling it.
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Old 05-10-15, 05:37 PM
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I would ignore that it has Merckx stickers on it...they are totally irrelevant as to the quality of the bike. They may add value to some buyers, but I don't really think so. There were different models of Falcons with Merckx decals...this looks like a mid-level to me, but I'm not certain based on the photos. Depending on the parts and tubing it could be worth $300. It could be worth a lot less.
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Old 05-10-15, 06:03 PM
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I think the value is there , probably Reynolds 531 straight guage main frame , paint and Brooks saddle look decent . Kind of a cool bike , wouldn't hurt to go look at it .
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Old 05-10-15, 07:50 PM
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orange paint alone is worth at least $100 where i live.

my full 531 '73 falcon is one of the best bikes i've ever ridden. it has the wraparound stays as the one pictured here. it also has campy drops front and rear.

people who photo the non drive side of a bicycle for sale usually know very little. this can sometimes be a good thing for a buyer.
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Old 05-10-15, 08:20 PM
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...as already stated, Falcon made different levels of bike quality models in this period, all orange, all Eddy M.

The one in your picture appears to have a three arm spider on the crank, so not top of the line, but probably not a bad bike for the price, depending on condition.
I have one of about that level that I need to have stripped and repainted, will probably rework it with some Shimano stuff I have lying around, and will enjoy riding it.

I'm sure it will cost me at least a hunnert bucks for the strip and repaint...........and your photos look like the paint and decals are in OK shape, so you're that much ahead from the gitgo.
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These middle range Falcons ride well. They sold for about $200-250 in 1976 and are worth that today if everything is still working. I keep a few of these Reynolds 531 straight gauge Falcons in my garage and lend them out to my son and his friends for rides. Since they've never ridden anything but really cheap department store bikes they are amazed at how light they are and easy to ride.
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Old 05-12-15, 05:43 AM
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^ exactly right. My next door neighbor and best friend had a 1975 Merckx, in purple. It had the Sugino Maxy swaged crank as shown. Straight gauge tubing and alloy parts. Nice saddle. It rode well.

The headbadge was foil and had a photo of Eddy on it, with world champion stripes on the diagonal. It's missing in the photo.

This one is not a 54cm (sorry oddjob, I'd never contradict your knowledge) as it looks like a 57 or 58 cm to me. It will fit you if you stand between 5'10" and 6' 1".

Is it worth $300? Eeesssshhh...it's really priced at full market for a reconditioned, fully re-habbed bike. Depends on whether you have an emotional attachment to that era and those bikes. Not the high quality Merckx models you'd find made later.

It's an interesting bike, though. I'd be willing to pay $250, but that's because of my friend growing up. Go for it.
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Old 05-12-15, 06:00 AM
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The frame looks to have touring geometry & eyelets for racks. Could be a great bike but, not built to be a racer. Depends on what you want
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It does look like a 56 and seems to be in pretty clean condition. I don't see any tubing stickers so unless you can identify the model, it is hard to tell if it has a reynolds main frame or not. The bike looks very clean with decent mid-range components. Assuming everything checks out, $200 is at the high end for what this bike is worth in a mid-sized city like Tallahassee. I think you can do better at $200. I'd pass unless you can talk the seller down on the price.

It is a kind of cool old bike and would no doubt make a good all purpose rider.
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