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Old 11-08-04, 02:50 PM
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Swedish/Scandanavian lightweights?

Are there any brands of Swedish or other Scandanavian bikes? I've never seen any, but I'm curious.
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Old 11-08-04, 02:55 PM
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Take a look...

http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Sweden/Crescent.htm
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In addition to Crescent, there was Monarch of Sweden, which I believe merged with Crescent. Then there was Tunturi of Finland, which is still in business but is mostly know for fitness equipment these days. There was also a Danish brand called Schroeder.
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Old 11-10-04, 12:01 AM
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Old 11-14-04, 04:07 AM
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http://www.skeppshultbikes.com/models.htm sheppshult has some interesting bikes, most are tank like city bikes, but there is one Z frame "roadbike" or whatever it is.
That finnish company mentioned above makes some pretty fancy city and trekking bikes.
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I've got 2 of the Crescents. One I ride as a rain bike as its set up for fenders.
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You also have DBS from Norway. And the Swedish "Kronan". It is the old army bike. Built like a tank, wonderful bikes. Crescent and Monark was good bikes and Crescent still is a quite good bike, but they mostly do MTB's nowadays. Then there was a bunch of older brands but I dont recall them now. And it is raining outside so I dont want to go out and look
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I have an Itera. Anybody ever seen one? It was made in the 80's by Wilhelmina Plast way up in Northern Sweden close to the Arctic Circle. The frame was made out of ABS plastic. The flexiest bike frame I have ever ridden. The bike is in the attic of a friend's home where it can't be reached. When I can reach it, I'll take a photo and post it. I was given mine because Wilhelmina Plast was one of the suppliers that I dealt with. I also visited their factory in early January 1984. It was so far North it was already dark by 2.30 PM. The only reason for the factory's location was the government largesse in giving out financial incentives for highly isolated locations.
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In 1973, I received a Swedish Avanti track bike as a wedding gift from my wife's brother. It must have been pretty old, as it came with inch-pitch (block) chain. I was working part-time at Bikecology at the time, and we added brakes and converted it to a 4-speed freewheel, "un-fixing" it, so to speak. I have never seen another bike of that marque.
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I've heard about those, apparently volvo had something to do with it, sometime ago I did a search for info on these bikes, all I found was a reference to an invented business term, based on the name of the bicycle, itera, used to describe bad ideas or something. I think swedish avant guard designers were into flimsy plastic in the 70s, anyone who has ever owned a volvo 240 should know what I mean.
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Sadly Crescent and Monark are history today, Crescent lives on like brand but only for selling low level bikes under the Grimaldi umbrella. Older Crescent road bikes was very nice indeed and also the mtb:s during the 1980-90ies were nice but alas...
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Back from the dead thread.... Actually, the Danish brand was Schroder (oder not oeder). Here's some pics of a track version: http://www.velostuf.com/gallery.htm. I'll have some pics of mine up on WoolJersey.com in a month or less.

The vintage models are nice 531 racing bikes, with great lugwork, and Campy/Cinelli/etc, as with the high-end Italian stuff. Also very light, and just as nice build quality. Almost seem like copies of the best Italian bikes in many ways - same shapes, same geometry, same components. Many features in common with Pinarello and DeRosa. Very nice hand-built bikes, and very very rare.

Apparently they are still around, and have a shop in Copenhagen: http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/Denmark-Bikes The 70's bikes are a bit nicer, but look somewhat similar. Apparently they are contract-built these days, but still very nice.

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Originally Posted by Citoyen du Monde View Post
I have an Itera. Anybody ever seen one? It was made in the 80's by Wilhelmina Plast way up in Northern Sweden close to the Arctic Circle. The frame was made out of ABS plastic. The flexiest bike frame I have ever ridden. The bike is in the attic of a friend's home where it can't be reached. When I can reach it, I'll take a photo and post it. I was given mine because Wilhelmina Plast was one of the suppliers that I dealt with. I also visited their factory in early January 1984. It was so far North it was already dark by 2.30 PM. The only reason for the factory's location was the government largesse in giving out financial incentives for highly isolated locations.
Hi! Check this one.
In Worcester UK.
In regular use.



More pics there too.
And on the 3/4 speed thread shortly.
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Old 11-14-07, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by SSSwede View Post
Sadly Crescent and Monark are history today, Crescent lives on like brand but only for selling low level bikes under the Grimaldi umbrella. Older Crescent road bikes was very nice indeed and also the mtb:s during the 1980-90ies were nice but alas...
What about Rex (of Halmstad?), are they still in production?
I bought a 90ish roadster when I was in Sweden for a stay, and it was a good quality machine.
3 speed with back-pedal rear brake.
I'd swap any of my Raleighs for it now!
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Crescent, Monark and DBS are now brands owned by Cycleurope, along with the brands listed here:
http://www.cycleurope.com/ce_brands.html

Monark, along with Crescent, is still alive and well. I sold a fair number of them over the Spring and Summer...

Monark has been made into the budget brand, whereas Crescent is the premium brand within the Cycleurope range. Crescent has a range of road bikes from entry level to a very capable full-carbon bike with Ultegra/D-A. Monark also includes a range of special-purpose bikes, such as a very sturdy mail delivery bike, several models of trikes for disabled riders and cargo bikes.
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Old 11-17-07, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by rybowen View Post
Are there any brands of Swedish or other Scandanavian bikes? I've never seen any, but I'm curious.
Take a look here http://www.cykelhobby.com/ , written partly in English and with lots of info on Crescent
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Old 11-18-07, 04:22 PM
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As for Finnish bikes Tunturi and Helkama are the two main ones and I think that only Tunturi tried to make some serious road bikes. There's also a historical record of Tunturi making couple of track bikes for the national team for Helsinki Olympics in 1952 but that's more like an anecdote than anything else.
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Most of the Finnish marks are regular cheap bikes for the home market (Helkama, Tunturi, Terässiipi, Tähtipyörä) with usually basic Shimano parts (in the past often Torpedo), there are lots of brands.
Helkama Jopo is probably the most famous and profound as well as original design. It's a short haul bike. The frame is stamped steel with a single horizontal bar. The whole frame is formed from two single piece profile halves. I think it's fashionable in a retro way nowadays. http://www.helkama100.fi/mediakuvat/jopo.jpg

My first bike was actually a Jopo competitor, Tunturi's Poni:
http://kotisivu.dnainternet.net/tjok..._Poni_1980.jpg

The single speed bikes worked the best in my opinion and are of best value.

Then there are some smaller finnish builders for track & cyclocross like Rossano etc but I don't know if there is any history behind them.
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I've these Monark leightweights from the early 60's. These have lug less Cr-Mo frames, the frame says "aircraft steel", wich is what it is. These frames were very expensive to make I've heard. Crescent and monark did not use lugs until the 70's, if I'm not mistaken.
The crank sets were ancient even when these bikes were new - one piece cranks. Hubs are Simplex, high and low. Rims are Fiamme. Titan stems and bars, a more sloping stem on the taller frame with the high flange Simplex. Altenburger and Universal brakes. The built up bike has a newer Shimano Positron rear derailleur. The other one has its original Simplex Juy Export 61.

The last Monark one is from the 70's with lugged Reynolds 531 frame. I sold it, I regret it now when I look at the picture!

They are all very nice to ride these Monarks.
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crescent

i have a couple of crescents as well. the older one i believe is from the sixties, 531, nervex lugs, strong light and simples cranks and rings. drive is campy(valentino) as well as the hubs (tipo). stem is ava and so are the tubular rims it also had an ideale saddle


i have another one that is a much cheaper model, the dropouts are pinched, all welded joints i piece crankset. i thinkk the first one is a pepita and the cheaper one is a 318. i believe cresecent was well known for using a real mix of parts.

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Originally Posted by Rudgey View Post
I've heard about those, apparently volvo had something to do with it, sometime ago I did a search for info on these bikes, all I found was a reference to an invented business term, based on the name of the bicycle, itera, used to describe bad ideas or something. I think swedish avant guard designers were into flimsy plastic in the 70s, anyone who has ever owned a volvo 240 should know what I mean.
Heh. My sister used to have a Volvo bike...my parents bought a 240 while Germany in the 80's. Really cheap feeling if I recall...interesting idea though.
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I know the thread is almost 10 years old, but Helkama Kuningaskulkuri comes to my mind, the original ones were made of MIG welded Reynolds 531, robotically. Reynolds factory staff came to Helkama factory to see how 531 could be welded. The original one weighed a tad under 11kg. They have started producing it again, but the modern ones are made of Rautaruukki Cro-Mo, equipped with Shimano Sora. These new ones would make good touring bikes because they have double eyelets front and back.

E: The old ones were equipped with Shimano 600EX group
E2: Added a pic too:
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Grant Petersen must have Danish ancestors.
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Rautaruukki.......really??....
Most outside Scandinavia will have fun trying to pronounce that....
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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
Rautaruukki.......really??....
Most outside Scandinavia will have fun trying to pronounce that....
It's the Finnish way of making complicated words made of mostly different vowels Literally translated "iron smeltery" btw, so the name does mean something They make specialized steels and roofs.
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