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Old 05-20-23, 10:35 AM
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French Road Bike ID

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I recently purchased a road bike in Paris. The sellers told me it was a 'CNC Saint Etienne' but after looking at pictures of 'CNC' and Cycles Saint Etienne I haven't seen any models that perfectly correspond to what I have. The bike looks like it was possibly repainted. Any ideas on who the fabricator might be ? I'm not seeing a serial number or any other identifying details and 'D Frick' doesn't seem to match with anything. Any info on how to identify it would be much appreciated i'm quite curious ! I've mostly been comparing the metal detailing where the various posts meets and i haven't found anything thats exactly the same yet.

Here's what i know about the bike:

Reynolds 531 Frame

Huret titanium assembly

Durace shimano brakes

Stronglight crankset

Kyoto pedals

Mavic wheel






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Also i'm a bit new and asked this same question in a different forum that i started , but thought i would try here as well -- Koga Miyata Touring Bikes - Which are most similar to Miyata 1000? / General Advice , sorry if this is a faux pas but i'm eager for some infos : )
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CNC is a very high quality and well respected marque

not well known in the U.S.

your example looks to date from the 1978-1979 time

the Huret gear mechs appear to be late enough that they may be marked with date codes

these are four digit numerals where the first two characters represent the week of the year and the second two the year



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Also the stickers... thats the italian flag right ? But one is upside down ? Or do those stripes mean something different in the world of cycling . . ? : )
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juvela You have a good eye ! Yes the Huret reads '2879', so I guess that puts it at 79. Also on the bottom of the back is imprinted a '2 7' . What are some identifying features of the CNC? In looking at some photos searching CNC the seat posts and metal work around the tubing looks slightly different, but it also seems to change frequently... is that a reliable way to identify a bike?

https://www.velovintageagogo.com/t13...al-a-restaurer
https://www.velovintageagogo.com/t12100-special-cnc
https://www.velovintageagogo.com/t22...cial-cnc-annee



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Originally Posted by toutokay
...ideas on who the fabricator might be ? I'm not seeing a serial number or any other identifying details and 'D Frick' doesn't seem to match with anything...
Help identifying a 70's-80's French Road Bike... Yep... That can be a difficult task even with well known and labeled manufacturers.

All in all... It is a late 70's Road Bike and it is NICE!

Get that baby out and do some ridding...
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Originally Posted by toutokay
You have a good eye ! Yes the Huret reads '2879', so I guess that puts it at 79. Also on the bottom of the back is imprinted a '2 7' . What are some identifying features of the CNC? In looking at some photos searching CNC the seat posts and metal work around the tubing looks slightly different, but it also seems to change frequently... is that a reliable way to identify a bike?

https://www.velovintageagogo.com/t13...al-a-restaurer
https://www.velovintageagogo.com/t12100-special-cnc
https://www.velovintageagogo.com/t22...cial-cnc-annee


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lucky guess on the Huret date marking; they only began this practice in 1978

CNC is known for the very nicely done joinery of the taper tubes to the frame ends; there can be some variation as you note but it is typically some manner of "fishmouth"

it is known that they do a certain amount of contract work so a frameset can be CNC manufactured but otherwise badged

although the cycle's chainset is Stronglight/Spidel Nr. 105bis it appears the bottom bracket assembly may be Specialites T.A.

perhaps the "27" marking on the bottom bracket shell may be an identifier for a specific workman...


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Originally Posted by toutokay
Also i'm a bit new and asked this same question in a different forum that i started , but thought i would try here as well -- Koga Miyata Touring Bikes - Which are most similar to Miyata 1000? / General Advice , sorry if this is a faux pas but i'm eager for some infos : )
So "D Flick" is probably a rider.

This bike is fantastic, very nice.

If it fits you I would get it dialed in and ready to rock, ride it and sort out the details as you roll along.
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I have two C.N.C., one is “artisan” the other more production but details are different.

Your bike may have been not constructed in Paris but elsewhere, they marketed a range of bikes. The paint is very close to one I own.
the seat tube bands are obviously Italian tone.
C.N.C. Went to stickers somewhere before your bike, 1975? 1976?

the rear dropout pushes 1978 for me- the integrated cable stop, same as on my 1979 Motobecane Champion Team.

I would vote contract built, stickers removed, alternate graphics applied, the Reynolds graphic seems original. Inspect the tubes adjacent to the lugs carefully for tubing stampings. Both of mine are Super Vitus, but one was decaled as using Reynolds 753.

Both ride well but are different in geometry, one similar to a few LeJeune I own, the other very close to a Colnago Super.
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