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It appears to be a Falcon San Remo, but hmmm?

Old 02-03-20, 01:15 AM
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It appears to be a Falcon San Remo, but hmmm?

I recently acquired this via trade ( I gave up a 1988 Trek 560, way to small for me with some paint issues) with an acquaintance. He acquired it from his job of cleaning out homes and commercial buildings for estate sales. This frame had been hanging in an antique shop for many years until the owner retired. I knew it was likely not a perfect specimen but I find it quite intriguing. What I have appears, to me, to be a San Remo 76, mostly, but with some alterations. The paint seems like itís the right shade of pale blue, it has what look like the correct wrap around seat stays, the lugs are chrome and look great.

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Only the seat tube Falcon Special decal looks correct (or at least familiar). The down tube decal is missing the white background and the Ernie Clements chainstay decals are not what I usually see. Even the stripes where the paint meets the chrome on the stays are different as these are typically black and not multi colored.

The fork may be a replacement? I know these bikes came with different forks in different eras but the crown on this is not quite as graceful as some others Iíve seen appearing on San Remo bikes. The fork dropouts also have fender eyelets where there are none on the rear. Iíve looked around and it seems Falcon may have gone ahead with the eyelet discrepancy without giving it much thought. Still, it seems to be a very nice fork with perfect chrome and Campagnolo dropouts. Maybe Iíll take advantage of the eyelets and add a front rack since I have them.

Iím aware that the label ďSan RemoĒ was attached to several different bikes but Iíve never seen an example quite like mine. I like it though! Whatever it is, the bike will be built in the usual Campagnolo manner, then Iíll ride and enjoy it regularly, even if itís not a San Remo at all.
Serial# 57896







I was considering new (correct) decals but now Iím not so sure thatís a good idea. Please weigh in here.






What do you think it is?

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Old 02-03-20, 02:25 AM
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Whatever it is, it's gorgeous and I wish it were mine! Good swap you made
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Thanks for that Lascauxcaveman! Iíll be sure and love it no matter what it is.

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Old 02-03-20, 06:02 AM
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Put parts on it and ride! Beautiful frame.
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I have a Falcon with no identifying model name.
A frame i think is from '89, also 531.

You have the right frame of mind. - ride and enjoy.
Call it what you wish, the enjoyment is the same.
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Beautiful. I'd agree with you that the fork has features that make it look like it may not be original, but the campy dropouts suggest it's decent quality if not.
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I agree; the fork is likely a replacement. Both the full-length chrome and the eyelets on the fork (and lack of eyelets on the rear dropouts) support this. But the frame appears to be undamaged, so ride on!
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Thanks so much for sharing this most excellent find.

Agree with others that fork appears non-original.

"Usually" one sees this model with an all chrome fork exhibiting the Davis full sloping crown.

Another small difference is the Ernie Clements chainstay transfer. The more commonly encountered one is black and white in colour and is of a decalcomania or varnish fixing type. This one appears to be vinyl adhesive.

Prior to embarking upon a build you might wish to put in a request to readers who own
this model and ask them to measure for you the fork rake, blade length and front brake centers of their example. One would expect a brake center of 52mm.

Thanks again for sharing this.

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I concur, everything looks correct, except for the eyelets on the fork. The lugs are correct, as are the Campagnolo dropouts, the domed stay ends, the wide wrap-over stays and even the triangular cable stop on the down tube. There were multiple San Remo models and this appears to be the top Model 76. Given long Campagnolo dropouts without the spring retention hole and the absence of brazed-on fittings, I'd place it mid-1970s.
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The fork appears to be a replacement but more owing to the shape of the crown... not by being all chromed. Most Falcon San Remo top end models exported to the US in the mid 70s had all chromed forks and rear triangle ends NOT chromed front fork "socks". And they didn't have the the Davis sloping crowns, either, which appear on UK catalogue models.

By some coincidence, I have seen no fewer than two of these on eBay recently and indicative of what seems a slack market for classic road iron, I was surprised they weren't snapped up instantly. Of all the top end Bike Boom road iron, these are, with Holdsworth Professionals, the hardest to find. They were delightful handling machines and I think most were ridden to death.

Here is mine, a c. 1972-73 model. Repainted by Brian Chapman.

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...here's the fork crown on mine. Enjoy yours.
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Thank you all very much for your feedback! It seems the frame is exactly what I thought, a San Remo 76 with a probable replacement fork. I think Iíll leave the fork and decals alone and just build as is.
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I have a San Remo 76

Purchased in 73-74. Decals on mine are period correct and the Ernie Clements decals are on the chain stays. All chrome fork. My wrap around stays are rounded, not flattened and no chrome lugs. Mine came with a flat top round section chromed track fork. fender eyelets and Weinmann CP's with long arms (750's ??) front & rear. Forks in photo are not original.


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