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Falcon Professional early '80s

Old 12-06-18, 06:48 PM
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Falcon Professional early '80s


I have one that was obtained from the original owner and, though showing the expected patina/wear mark for a ~40 year old bike, is in pretty nice shape (for now). So I have two questions:

1) what do you think it's worth as is?

2) What would be a FMV after a full, frame up restoration (every bearing cleaned and repacked, every alloy part cleaned and lubed, new tape, tires, tubes, cables, housing, etc).

The saddle and seat post you see have already been removed and will be replaced by period correct. The stem is loose and AOK. The vestigial bottle cage and speedo bits have been removed.

Falcon Professional. 52cm x 55cm (c-c)
Gipiemme crankset (Dual Sprint, 52/46), hubs, brakes, levers, HS and pedals. Binda straps
Campagnolo NR RD (1980) DOs ( with threaded holes for Portacatena so post 1977) and FD
Mavic MA2 rims
3TTT stem and HB
Reynolds 531 DB tubes, stays and forks. "TI Reynolds Limited" decal on ST and 531 decal on one fork leg.

I have a copy of the Elswick/Falcon catalog from 1983 showing this bike - same color, same decals. The text says "Full specification Falcon 'Professional' and 'Super Professional' models are built to order, by arrangement though your approved Falcon Dealer". This one was spec'd quite nicely and has been well maintained. All the bearings feel and sound lovely. This may be a UK only model. I'm not convinced it was available in the US.
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Old 12-06-18, 09:19 PM
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My goodness. That's one hell of of a drop bar bike. Handlebar flats dead level with the ground. Seat jacked up 1/2 foot higher than the bars. Whoever used to ride that must have been a speed demon. Falcon bikes are above average merchandise. BITD they were displayed in bike shop windows as premium items. High end Falcon bikes are comparable to Schwinn Paramount, Peugeot PX10, and high end Italian bikes. I'm guessing somewhere between $500 - $1000.
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i don't have it that high, as is $75-125, cleaned up maybe up $350 on Craigslist, possibly more if you can find a British bike fan on eBay.

To me this is one of the great frames. made by a failing company, with mostly midland parts. It very much reminds me of the Bianchi Nouva Alloro. Your Falcon is a much better frame but was at or a little lower price point of the lowest Italian Bianchi bitd
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Pottstown, I am thinking more like $250 as it sits, $350 cleaned up with fresh consumables, better saddle, and looking sharp. Local sale is typically capped by your market, eBay would be significantly higher even after fees. If you work in Philly, then you could get more. PX10 gets much more notice, and Chicago Paramounts have their own following.

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Thanks for the input and sage advice. I appreciate that Falcon is not well known 'on this side of the pond' and the brand has a varied reputation due to the wide model range. We may luck out on finding a collector who knows what it is.

I'm not sure Campy, Mavic and Gipiemme constitute 'midland parts' though. I'm actually glad it's too small for me. I suspect it will be a great ride and I don't need another bike.

Oh, yes, I don't expect to find anyone in Pottstown wanting this bike. Other markets for this one.
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People tend to want all Campy, rather than a mix. Iíll often part them out if itís a mix.
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I think Falcon is a great brand I have a San Remo that I've built a couple of times.
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Originally Posted by Prowler View Post
what would be a FMV after a full, frame up restoration?
start high.

And I want to see the results. Hope you post the pics after you're done.
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