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Old 07-25-17, 10:39 PM
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Help to identify Falcon

Pics show what I purchased about 9 years ago from a local Goodwill for $15. No info on this is available online and the Falcon manufacturers in the UK cannot provide any information which is well documented on this site. The frame is the interesting part as you can see in the photo provided-seems as if the Falcon people bought Cinelli frame components and assembled with Reynolds 531 tubing. If anyone can provide some information it would be appreciated. The bike ride is incredible!!!

Hubs are Shimano 105
Bars are Cinelli, headset DuraAce
Barend shifters Suntour
Crank Campy
Seat post Campy
Front derailleur Mavic (attached braze on)
Rear derailleur Shimano 105
Brakes Shimano 600 and Exam levers
Frame Cinelli with Reynolds 531 tubing
Forks Reynolds 531
Rims Wolber GTAs
Forks Reynolds 531
Falcon Equipe sticker on seat post tube
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Old 07-26-17, 05:36 AM
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Old 07-26-17, 06:06 AM
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Pre-senior moment with Falcon pics

Pics posted - cranky, tired and wife telling me to come to bed!
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Old 07-26-17, 12:57 PM
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Falcon changed their graphics by 1988. This is earlier, but probably not by too much based on the front derailleur hanger, internal brake cable routing and dual bottle bosses. I'd place it circa 1984-1987. Sorry, I can't help with the model, as Falcon had virtually no presence in my region during this period.
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Originally Posted by Wikipedia
By the mid-1980s, Elswick Hopper plc was a diversified conglomerate, spanning manufacturing, engineering, and distribution. But the company was losing money at both group and subsidiary level, and was in desperate need of reorganisation. Under a new Chief Executive, the group company renamed itself Elswick plc in 1984, and renamed its bicycle division Falcon Cycles, the name of its most popular selling sports bicycle brand. Ending production of bicycles under the Elswick brand in the same year, all bicycle manufacture was moved to a new factory at Brigg. In 1987 the company later added the Holdsworth and Claud Butler brands to its top of the range portfolio.

However, by the late 1980s cheap imports from Asia were flooding the UK market, and with a severe decline in the bicycle components industry, the company was reliant on importing those as well, and only assembling at Brigg. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falcon_Cycles

...my impression is that nobody knows much about later 80's Falcons. They got bought and sold several times, and I've never runinto much information that related to that time period except the WIKI article.
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Thanks for reply

I get the feeling my bike is a thirty year old cold case!
Thanks to all for your help and a safe ride.
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Old 07-27-17, 08:46 AM
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It's definitely a higher grade model based on the frame features and tubeset. We just just don't know the model. You might be able to get an answer if you try a British forum. However, be aware that model names are not necessarily consistent between different markets. Good luck!
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thanks T-Mar

Will follow your lead. This is perplexing how information can dissolve within a few decades. But as the people who know me I will find the answers. The bike is just a perfect balance of low end components and high end stuff with a great frame. Just looking at the frame you see the workmanship someone put into it. Thanks once again. Keep you posted if I find anything.
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Old 07-29-17, 07:45 AM
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Nice looking bike there, I also have a Falcon just a tad older than you maybe. The one I have is now in the clunker challenge. My Falcon is red like yours has the same "Falcon" decals, mine has Falcon RACE with the British flag, where yours has the Look. Missing on mine is decals on the tt, most likely the missing is san remo or Shane Sutton Special. The badge decal is different in that mine has an Olympics logo with no bird.

Mine has more suttle differences it does not have the cinneli BB, or the FD braze on. Mine came with Falcon branded England Road Custom handle bars with cinneli gooseneck, just a near bare frame I got for the brake levers.

Yours is newer but not by much. Just a guess on my part I would place Yours 1986-88, mine 83-86.

Not much info about Falcon, I also had a powder blue early 70s falcon, Ernie Clemens, back 30 years or so.
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Falcon

Post some pics would like to see the details on your bike. Have a rough but intact 80s Bianchi mid-level with a mix of Modolo brakes and levers, Campagnolo derailleurs and Stronglight crank. Do like vintage steel!
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Agree with both T-Mar and Mr. 66 about dating/features. That head badge sticker is at least 3rd (and possibly 4th gen)--they went from the lovely brass/enamel one on the '70s bikes to a sticker that was a copy of that (late '70s) to the version on your bike.

When I did the short piece for Sheldon's website about Falcon, I continued to poke around to see if I could document more of the later bikes, but I was never able to turn up enough catalogs for the later models. Somewhere I have draft notes--I'll look.

There is a 1983 catalog online at an English site here:

https://veterancycleclublibrary.org.u...20Library).pdf

It shows the block letter Falcon on the seat tube--this followed the classic 60s/70s models with the script. The model names/numbers are still the same as the early '70s bikes. I know there was a series using the names of fighter jets--and I have seem more than one with the 'Race' insignia (I believe that was a model name)--and I think they were further distinguished by the component group...

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