Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Calling all Falcon Experts

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Calling all Falcon Experts

Old 12-08-21, 11:19 AM
  #1  
rjhammett
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rjhammett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Posts: 2,268

Bikes: 92 Colnago Master PIU, 83 Pinarello Record, 92 Tommaso, 92 Merckx MX Leader, 90 Serotta Colorado II, 99 Tommasini Sintesi, 90 Pinarello Montello, 89 Tommasini Super Prestige, 08 Look 585, 89 Merckx Corsa Extra, 72 Holdsworth Professional and 3 more

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 300 Post(s)
Liked 361 Times in 167 Posts
Calling all Falcon Experts

I am trying to identify which version of Falcon San Remo I have. I purchased this bike last fall and have $42 total invested in it. Before I gave it a respray it had the remnants of a Reynolds 531 decal, and the Ernie Clements San Remo decal on the chain stays. It takes a 26.6 seatpost. It has a 'claw' rear derailleur hanger with no manufacturer id on the rear dropouts. The fork dropouts are Campy. The guy I purchased it from said he got it as a frameset so none of the components are original. There was no chrome on the bike prior to the respray. Any idea which model of San Remo it is? Thanks!







rjhammett is offline  
Likes For rjhammett:
Old 12-08-21, 11:53 AM
  #2  
juvela
Senior Member
 
juvela's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Alta California
Posts: 11,698
Mentioned: 328 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2817 Post(s)
Liked 1,345 Times in 986 Posts
-----

appears it may have begun life as something such as a model 92

frame is likely to be three-tube 531 plain gauge

dropouts appear to be Cyclo

depending on specific model year chainset may have been cottered steel or Sugino Maxy

original brakes would have been Weinmann centrepull

original stem/bar set GB

pedals may have been Lyotard model 15S

here is a catalogue page showing a model 92 of 1973; posted as example only -




very nice job with the refinish BTW

-----

Last edited by juvela; 12-08-21 at 12:38 PM. Reason: addition
juvela is offline  
Likes For juvela:
Old 12-08-21, 11:59 AM
  #3  
ascherer 
Senior Member
 
ascherer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Manhattan & Woodstock NY
Posts: 2,066

Bikes: 1987 Mercian Pro, 1985 Shogun 500, early '70s Falcon San Remo, 1972 PeugeotPX-10, 1971 Raleigh International, 1971 Peugeot PX-10, 1970 Raleigh Professional Mk1

Mentioned: 81 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 625 Post(s)
Liked 1,249 Times in 514 Posts
Given the variability in manufacturing during the bike boom, it can be difficult to nail down Falcons precisely. Recently I was in touch with the Falcon "Marque Enthusiast" for the Vintage Cycle Club in the UK with siimilar questions about my Falcon. His advice: "To check if it is a model 76 San Remo measure the seat pin. If it is 27.2 it will be a San Remo and if it is 26.6 then it will be a model 78 Olympic or a model 80 San Remo frame." Hope that's helpful.
__________________
1987 Mercian Pro, 1985 Shogun 500, 197? Falcon San Remo, 1972 Peugeot PX-10, 1971 Raleigh International, 1971 Peugeot PX-10, 1970 Raleigh Professional Mark I
Curator/Team Mechanic: 2016 Dawes Streetfighter, 1984 Lotus Eclair, 1975 Motobecane Jubile Mixte, 1974 Raleigh Sports, 1972 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Philips Sport




ascherer is offline  
Likes For ascherer:
Old 12-08-21, 01:09 PM
  #4  
randyjawa 
Senior Member
 
randyjawa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada - burrrrr!
Posts: 11,174

Bikes: 1958 Rabeneick 120D, 1968 Legnano Gran Premio, 196? Torpado Professional, 2000 Marinoni Piuma

Mentioned: 199 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1209 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1,201 Times in 706 Posts
Sorry but I can't be much help with identifying the model but you did very nice work on the paint job. Falcons are nice machines and they reek of vintage appeal in my opinion. Several have come my way over the years and this one is, pretty much, fitted with the full original component group...



A friend gave me one of those Falcons but not in nearly as good of condition. None the less, I really liked the bike and turned it into this...


I used this trike kit to build the bike and do not recommend doing so. Because it has only one wheel drive, the bike was, to say the least, difficult to ride. Darn near dumped it in the first few feet of the first ride...



I also picked up a Falcon a couple of months ago for $68.75 CND (that's all I had on me at the time) and stripped it for the components fitted to the bike. The non-drive side chain stay had a small dent in it so I discarded the frame but saved the head badge along with the salvaged components..



.
__________________
"98% of the bikes I buy are projects".
randyjawa is offline  
Likes For randyjawa:
Old 12-08-21, 01:48 PM
  #5  
Wildwood
Veteran, Pacifist
 
Wildwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Seattle area
Posts: 11,802

Bikes: Bikes??? Thought this was social media?!?

Mentioned: 261 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3151 Post(s)
Liked 2,664 Times in 1,356 Posts
Nice job restoring your beauty. Lovely paint.

I have never identified a model for my late 80’s Falcon. Acquired as a frameset, the 531c tubes were what I needed to know. Sprinty devil. Red. I love it.
Wildwood is online now  
Likes For Wildwood:
Old 12-08-21, 02:07 PM
  #6  
rjhammett
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rjhammett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Posts: 2,268

Bikes: 92 Colnago Master PIU, 83 Pinarello Record, 92 Tommaso, 92 Merckx MX Leader, 90 Serotta Colorado II, 99 Tommasini Sintesi, 90 Pinarello Montello, 89 Tommasini Super Prestige, 08 Look 585, 89 Merckx Corsa Extra, 72 Holdsworth Professional and 3 more

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 300 Post(s)
Liked 361 Times in 167 Posts
This bike is by far the least valuable and the lowest end of my fleet of bikes. I only had it out once after I restored it due to the freezing weather and snow. I was surprised by how well it rode. It will get a lot of use this winter up on the trainer. It weighs in at 23.5 lbs.
rjhammett is offline  
Likes For rjhammett:
Old 12-08-21, 02:32 PM
  #7  
ascherer 
Senior Member
 
ascherer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Manhattan & Woodstock NY
Posts: 2,066

Bikes: 1987 Mercian Pro, 1985 Shogun 500, early '70s Falcon San Remo, 1972 PeugeotPX-10, 1971 Raleigh International, 1971 Peugeot PX-10, 1970 Raleigh Professional Mk1

Mentioned: 81 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 625 Post(s)
Liked 1,249 Times in 514 Posts
Sharing is caring, so they say. Here it is as received.

This bike has characteristics that make it hard to pin down the model. It's a lot like a San Remo 76 and at the same time it has attributes of a San Remo Mk. II 90, but doesn't totally match either. [shrug] Original owner was certain it was sold as a Model 76. In any event it's a sharp bike.




I've only ridden it a bit so I can't speak beyond impressions. It seems to occupy a middle ground between my stiff, short wheelbased Mercian Pro and my long, cushy International. It feels light, has quick steering and it likes to track straight while needing less finesse than the Mercian and less input than the International or my Raleigh Pro.
__________________
1987 Mercian Pro, 1985 Shogun 500, 197? Falcon San Remo, 1972 Peugeot PX-10, 1971 Raleigh International, 1971 Peugeot PX-10, 1970 Raleigh Professional Mark I
Curator/Team Mechanic: 2016 Dawes Streetfighter, 1984 Lotus Eclair, 1975 Motobecane Jubile Mixte, 1974 Raleigh Sports, 1972 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Philips Sport




ascherer is offline  
Likes For ascherer:
Old 12-08-21, 03:07 PM
  #8  
52telecaster
ambulatory senior
 
52telecaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Peoria Il
Posts: 4,142

Bikes: Bob Jackson World Tour, Falcon and lots of other bikes.

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1254 Post(s)
Liked 985 Times in 540 Posts
Originally Posted by ascherer View Post
Sharing is caring, so they say. Here it is as received.

This bike has characteristics that make it hard to pin down the model. It's a lot like a San Remo 76 and at the same time it has attributes of a San Remo Mk. II 90, but doesn't totally match either. [shrug] Original owner was certain it was sold as a Model 76. In any event it's a sharp bike.




I've only ridden it a bit so I can't speak beyond impressions. It seems to occupy a middle ground between my stiff, short wheelbased Mercian Pro and my long, cushy International. It feels light, has quick steering and it likes to track straight while needing less finesse than the Mercian and less input than the International or my Raleigh Pro.
My falcon has identical seatstays, stamped dropouts as well except mine has a derailleur hanger. It was also straight guage Reynolds. An extremely fun to ride bike!
52telecaster is offline  
Likes For 52telecaster:
Old 12-08-21, 03:26 PM
  #9  
juvela
Senior Member
 
juvela's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Alta California
Posts: 11,698
Mentioned: 328 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2817 Post(s)
Liked 1,345 Times in 986 Posts
-----

here are the 1973 catalogue pages for the models 78 & 80 mentioned above -

​​​​​​
​​​​​​

-----
juvela is offline  
Likes For juvela:
Old 12-08-21, 03:49 PM
  #10  
3alarmer 
Friendship is Magic
 
3alarmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Big Tomato
Posts: 20,408

Bikes: old ones

Mentioned: 292 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23099 Post(s)
Liked 6,443 Times in 4,624 Posts
Originally Posted by rjhammett View Post
This bike is by far the least valuable and the lowest end of my fleet of bikes. I only had it out once after I restored it due to the freezing weather and snow. I was surprised by how well it rode. It will get a lot of use this winter up on the trainer. It weighs in at 23.5 lbs.
...I have one similar frame, that I restored here, not to original, but what I thought was pleasant. It was kind of a mes when I got it, so I never did figure out what it was originally. But they made that wrap over stay, three tubes straight gauge Reynolds frame in many iterations over the years. AFAIK, from looking at a lot of them, they differed only in livery and component package. I, too, think it punches above its weight class in terms of ride. But I didn't build it up to go fast.
.
.


__________________
3alarmer is offline  
Likes For 3alarmer:
Old 12-08-21, 03:51 PM
  #11  
ascherer 
Senior Member
 
ascherer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Manhattan & Woodstock NY
Posts: 2,066

Bikes: 1987 Mercian Pro, 1985 Shogun 500, early '70s Falcon San Remo, 1972 PeugeotPX-10, 1971 Raleigh International, 1971 Peugeot PX-10, 1970 Raleigh Professional Mk1

Mentioned: 81 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 625 Post(s)
Liked 1,249 Times in 514 Posts
Originally Posted by 52telecaster View Post
My falcon has identical seatstays, stamped dropouts as well except mine has a derailleur hanger. It was also straight gauge Reynolds. An extremely fun to ride bike!
The rounded wraparound is one of the things that throws experts off the trail with mine. Campy dropouts, round section track-style fork with eyelets all around. Apparently there's no decoder ring for Falcon serial numbers and no company records past the later 80's. I love a good mystery...
__________________
1987 Mercian Pro, 1985 Shogun 500, 197? Falcon San Remo, 1972 Peugeot PX-10, 1971 Raleigh International, 1971 Peugeot PX-10, 1970 Raleigh Professional Mark I
Curator/Team Mechanic: 2016 Dawes Streetfighter, 1984 Lotus Eclair, 1975 Motobecane Jubile Mixte, 1974 Raleigh Sports, 1972 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Philips Sport




ascherer is offline  
Likes For ascherer:
Old 12-08-21, 03:58 PM
  #12  
rjhammett
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rjhammett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Posts: 2,268

Bikes: 92 Colnago Master PIU, 83 Pinarello Record, 92 Tommaso, 92 Merckx MX Leader, 90 Serotta Colorado II, 99 Tommasini Sintesi, 90 Pinarello Montello, 89 Tommasini Super Prestige, 08 Look 585, 89 Merckx Corsa Extra, 72 Holdsworth Professional and 3 more

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 300 Post(s)
Liked 361 Times in 167 Posts
I saw your bike when I was trying to figure out what model mine is. Yours looks the closest of any I have seen to what I have. Mine too was pretty rough when I got it but it didn't have any dings and no penetrating rust. The price was right so I rebuilt it with parts I had on hand (of which I have many).

Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
...I have one similar frame, that I restored here, not to original, but what I thought was pleasant. It was kind of a mes when I got it, so I never did figure out what it was originally. But they made that wrap over stay, three tubes straight gauge Reynolds frame in many iterations over the years. AFAIK, from looking at a lot of them, they differed only in livery and component package. I, too, think it punches above its weight class in terms of ride. But I didn't build it up to go fast.
.
.


rjhammett is offline  
Likes For rjhammett:
Old 12-08-21, 06:15 PM
  #13  
Pcampeau
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 627

Bikes: 1968 Raleigh Super Course. 1972 Raleigh Professional, 1975 Raleigh International, 1978 Raleigh Professional, 1985 Raleigh Prestige, 1972 Schwinn Paramount, 1980 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8, 1978 Schwinn Varsity, 1976 Peugeot PX10, 1972 Motobecane Le Champ

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 207 Post(s)
Liked 283 Times in 162 Posts
Originally Posted by ascherer View Post
The rounded wraparound is one of the things that throws experts off the trail with mine. Campy dropouts, round section track-style fork with eyelets all around. Apparently there's no decoder ring for Falcon serial numbers and no company records past the later 80's. I love a good mystery...
Your Falcon does not even need a model name, it stands apart so beautifully!
Pcampeau is offline  
Likes For Pcampeau:
Old 12-08-21, 07:44 PM
  #14  
ascherer 
Senior Member
 
ascherer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Manhattan & Woodstock NY
Posts: 2,066

Bikes: 1987 Mercian Pro, 1985 Shogun 500, early '70s Falcon San Remo, 1972 PeugeotPX-10, 1971 Raleigh International, 1971 Peugeot PX-10, 1970 Raleigh Professional Mk1

Mentioned: 81 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 625 Post(s)
Liked 1,249 Times in 514 Posts
Originally Posted by Pcampeau View Post
Your Falcon does not even need a model name, it stands apart so beautifully!
That's very kind. The PO dressed it well!
__________________
1987 Mercian Pro, 1985 Shogun 500, 197? Falcon San Remo, 1972 Peugeot PX-10, 1971 Raleigh International, 1971 Peugeot PX-10, 1970 Raleigh Professional Mark I
Curator/Team Mechanic: 2016 Dawes Streetfighter, 1984 Lotus Eclair, 1975 Motobecane Jubile Mixte, 1974 Raleigh Sports, 1972 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Philips Sport




ascherer is offline  
Likes For ascherer:
Old 12-09-21, 06:33 AM
  #15  
Wildwood
Veteran, Pacifist
 
Wildwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Seattle area
Posts: 11,802

Bikes: Bikes??? Thought this was social media?!?

Mentioned: 261 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3151 Post(s)
Liked 2,664 Times in 1,356 Posts
Originally Posted by rjhammett View Post
This bike is by far the least valuable and the lowest end of my fleet of bikes. I only had it out once after I restored it due to the freezing weather and snow. I was surprised by how well it rode. It will get a lot of use this winter up on the trainer. It weighs in at 23.5 lbs.
I prefer my Falcon over an ‘84 Pinarello Super Record, Holdsworth Special and some others I own. I think having a complete 531 tubeset is the difference. Rides almost as nicely as an SLX Merckx CorsaExtra. Many of my bikes are parts bin builds, so impossible to determine Falcon’s relative value. But it is certainly a lesser value marquee.

Within my group of bikes - it is the Sleeper.


531c frameset, Campa ders/shifters, Nervar crank, Modolo brakes & levers, Campa hubs with GP4 rims wearing Veloflex 25s.
Wildwood is online now  
Old 12-09-21, 08:24 AM
  #16  
juvela
Senior Member
 
juvela's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Alta California
Posts: 11,698
Mentioned: 328 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2817 Post(s)
Liked 1,345 Times in 986 Posts
Originally Posted by ascherer View Post
The rounded wraparound is one of the things that throws experts off the trail with mine. Campy dropouts, round section track-style fork with eyelets all around. Apparently there's no decoder ring for Falcon serial numbers and no company records past the later 80's. I love a good mystery...
-----

I think I've got it. The next time an enthusiast expresses puzzlement over the model designation for your raptor you can simply tell them "It's a Coventry Eagle of the latter days."


-----
juvela is offline  
Old 12-09-21, 08:51 AM
  #17  
eom 
Eccentric Old Man
 
eom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: BelleVegas, IL
Posts: 778

Bikes: 1986 Trek 520 Cirrus, 1979 Schwinn Traveler III, Trek T100, 1995 Trek 970, Fuji America

Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 235 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 142 Times in 75 Posts
I am not an expert on Falcons (or anything) but I do own one I acquired at swap meet about ten years ago. A blank canvas for sure.

My son mentioned on our ride last Friday that he his going to sell his Specialized Crux in the spring and his next bike will be steel. We are going to have a go at the Falcon.

Told him there was a guy (wildwood) on here that has several nice bikes and spoke highly of his Falcon.






Details on this frame.
56 cm x 56 cm ctc
42 cm chain stay

Frame weight is 4.1 lbs.
Fork weight is 1.9 lbs, recessed.
No Headbadge holes
Both seat stays have decal that says “Handbuilt in England”

Seat tube is 28.6 od
Top tube is 25.4 od
Down Tube is 28.6 od

BB is English thread, stamped BCM
3 top tube guides, 2 sets bottle bosses, no eyelets, down tube shifter bosses, pump peg
Brake bridge is recessed.
27.0 seat post confirmed by test fitting.
__________________
"Don't call what you're wearing an outfit"
Outfit by Jason Isbell/Drive-By Truckers
eom is offline  
Likes For eom:
Old 12-13-21, 06:51 PM
  #18  
ascherer 
Senior Member
 
ascherer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Manhattan & Woodstock NY
Posts: 2,066

Bikes: 1987 Mercian Pro, 1985 Shogun 500, early '70s Falcon San Remo, 1972 PeugeotPX-10, 1971 Raleigh International, 1971 Peugeot PX-10, 1970 Raleigh Professional Mk1

Mentioned: 81 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 625 Post(s)
Liked 1,249 Times in 514 Posts
Originally Posted by eom View Post
I am not an expert on Falcons (or anything) but I do own one I acquired at swap meet about ten years ago. A blank canvas for sure.

My son mentioned on our ride last Friday that he his going to sell his Specialized Crux in the spring and his next bike will be steel. We are going to have a go at the Falcon.
Looking forward to the build!

I have mine on hand to strip, attend to a bit of rust here and there, and build back up with a few personalizations - some of which are yet to be discovered! I’m having meniscus surgery this week so it’ll motivate me during recovery.
__________________
1987 Mercian Pro, 1985 Shogun 500, 197? Falcon San Remo, 1972 Peugeot PX-10, 1971 Raleigh International, 1971 Peugeot PX-10, 1970 Raleigh Professional Mark I
Curator/Team Mechanic: 2016 Dawes Streetfighter, 1984 Lotus Eclair, 1975 Motobecane Jubile Mixte, 1974 Raleigh Sports, 1972 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Philips Sport




ascherer is offline  
Old 12-16-21, 01:57 AM
  #19  
satkin55
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Location: Oxfordshire, UK
Posts: 16

Bikes: Falcon Black Diamond

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
I’m currently restoring my Falcon Black Diamond, one I rode to school as a teenager. I dropped the frame off to be resprayed this week. I have scans of a few Falcon catalogues on my website (https://falconrestorebike.wordpress.com ) so they may help you to identify the model.

Last edited by satkin55; 12-16-21 at 02:03 AM.
satkin55 is offline  
Likes For satkin55:
Old 12-16-21, 02:27 AM
  #20  
verktyg 
verktyg
 
verktyg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 3,912

Bikes: Current favorites: 1988 Peugeot Birraritz, 1984 Gitane Super Corsa, 1981 Bianchi Campione Del Mondo, 1992 Paramount OS, 1990 Bianchi Mondiale, 1988 Colnago Technos, 1985 RalieghUSA Team Pro, 1973 Holdsworth

Mentioned: 192 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 985 Post(s)
Liked 1,009 Times in 563 Posts
Falcon In A Tree

I couldn't resist....




Back in the 70's the only Falcon bikes we saw were bottom end gas pipe bike boom fad models. They were really poor quality and bad French bikes look good.

That coloured my view of Falcon bikes for years. Then I started seeing photos of the top end all Campy models which changed my opinion.

verktyg
__________________
Don't believe everything you think! History is written by those who weren't there....

Chas. ;-)

verktyg is offline  
Old 12-16-21, 07:01 AM
  #21  
T-Mar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 22,552
Mentioned: 600 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4414 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2,400 Times in 1,558 Posts
The 26.6mm seat post on the OP's bicycle confirms the that it uses a Reynold 531 plain gauge main triongle. That makes it one of the lower San Remo models, possibly the previously mentioined Model 80.
T-Mar is offline  
Old 12-16-21, 07:45 AM
  #22  
T-Mar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 22,552
Mentioned: 600 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4414 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2,400 Times in 1,558 Posts
Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
I prefer my Falcon over an ‘84 Pinarello Super Record, Holdsworth Special and some others I own. I think having a complete 531 tubeset is the difference. Rides almost as nicely as an SLX Merckx CorsaExtra. Many of my bikes are parts bin builds, so impossible to determine Falcon’s relative value. But it is certainly a lesser value marquee.

Within my group of bikes - it is the Sleeper.


531c frameset, Campa ders/shifters, Nervar crank, Modolo brakes & levers, Campa hubs with GP4 rims wearing Veloflex 25s.
Those graphics were introduced in late 1987, when Falcon attempted a short lived return to the American (and Canadian) market. I vividly remember it for three reasons. First, they mounted what I thought was a very clever "The Empire Strikes Back" advertising campaign. Second, the canted head tube decals, in their original, larger version, often gave the illusion that the forks were bent. Third, a rider I coached that had the Sterling model with a 531C frame and Shimano Santé. There was also a Competitor model with Reynolds 501 and Shimano New 105. The new models only seemed to be available for a couple of years, with the marque again disappearing from the American market circa 1990.
T-Mar is offline  
Old 12-16-21, 11:32 AM
  #23  
Wildwood
Veteran, Pacifist
 
Wildwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Seattle area
Posts: 11,802

Bikes: Bikes??? Thought this was social media?!?

Mentioned: 261 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3151 Post(s)
Liked 2,664 Times in 1,356 Posts


1989 Falcon 531c frameset (acquired from a local BFer - IF memory serves), with a Tange Falcon headset. As (boringly) usual = parts bin combo build-up. Campa ders, Modolo brakes/levers, long Cinelli stem/narrow bar, and a lightweight post. Campa hubs, Mavic GP4 wearing 25mm rear/23 frt. (edit: ooops, repeat myself)

oh and on th road of Life - colourfully!



Sprinty devil! And = Soooo nice, because of a perfect 59cm fit.

Last edited by Wildwood; 12-16-21 at 12:16 PM.
Wildwood is online now  
Old 12-16-21, 11:47 AM
  #24  
Wildwood
Veteran, Pacifist
 
Wildwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Seattle area
Posts: 11,802

Bikes: Bikes??? Thought this was social media?!?

Mentioned: 261 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3151 Post(s)
Liked 2,664 Times in 1,356 Posts
@T-Mar mentioned headbadge. So, I trotted out to the dark garage and got a fuzzy one, which I may update when the rainy weather grants bigger gaps for riding.

Wildwood is online now  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.