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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:58 pm 
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I reckon the Tange No5 Falcon Majorca suggestion is the right one.

That frame looks very similar if the not the same as my Tange Majorca

My Majorca (2nd picture) Mine is pretty much equipped exactly as per the catalogue.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:50 pm 
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Hi Allen.

The frame does look just like yours, with the exception of forks which are identical but chromed and it looks as if they were sprayed half way down the legs.
I'm surprised to see how well specced the Majorca is ... 600 is not exactly an entry level groupset!

Can I ask a couple of questions please?
What format does the serial number take?
What colour is it, I'm getting a bit of colour distortion, is it pearl white?

I've pressed the button on a fluted seatpost , so here goes, in for a penny ........


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:30 am 
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Erskine wrote:
Hi Allen.

The frame does look just like yours, with the exception of forks which are identical but chromed and it looks as if they were sprayed half way down the legs.
I'm surprised to see how well specced the Majorca is ... 600 is not exactly an entry level groupset!

Can I ask a couple of questions please?
What format does the serial number take?
What colour is it, I'm getting a bit of colour distortion, is it pearl white?

I've pressed the button on a fluted seatpost , so here goes, in for a penny ........

Hi Erskine

I'll check the frame number and report back, probably at the weekend.

Below is the catalogue I got a lot of info about my Falcons from
Falcon Catalogue

And yes mine is pearl white, it's in the list to be restored along with my Falcon pro but it will probably be next summer now.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:57 pm 
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Hi Allen

Much appreciated for all this. Would you be able to mic the seat post size too?
The falcon link is very useful, from the same site there is an '83 catalogue where the Majorca has 700c wheels.
So I'm seeing this frame set as a Falcon Majorca, an Elswick Stag and also a Barry Hoban Tour de France, also all tange. I wonder what else it is. All these have the same Shimano 600 spec.
The one anomaly I've yet to solve is the 20 1/2" frame size ....
I can't find any stock bikes at this size, Could this be a special order, did the Falcon factory offer this option.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:25 pm 
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That serial number suggests it's a Miki frame, built in the thirteenth fortnight of 19x9, where x would be a 7, judging by the looks of the frame.

Here's a couple from the second fortnight of 1981:

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:53 am 
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Thank you Non Fixie.
Very enlightening, much appreciated!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:20 am 
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You're welcome. And should you be disappointed: don't be. This is nice stuff. Miki build quality was excellent, as far as I've been able to judge.

WRT the branding: that might be a difficult question to answer. Miki built frames for quite a number of brands. An internet search should bring up a few.

The frames pictured above were made for Union, a Dutch brand (and use a 26.8 seat post, BTW). The Miki-built Sapporo was the second from the top model in the Union line-up at the time, just below their professional model (the coveted "Rini Wagtmans", which supposedly came from Gianni Motta).

I think your frame is definitely worth building up with nice parts. The purple frame above (bought for €5) was subject to one of my own pet projects last year and morphed into this:

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:17 am 
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Non-fixie,
I'm not disappointed, as you said it's a good well made frame out of good steel. ... there is no getting away from this regardless of the name put on it.
I've spent the last few evenings painstakingly removing the light pitting on the splash areas with emery and wire wool and going over the whole frame to get good bare metal, so am appreciative of the build quality (I'll soda blast the lugs).


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:49 pm 
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Erskine wrote:
Non-fixie,
I'm not disappointed, as you said it's a good well made frame out of good steel. ... there is no getting away from this regardless of the name put on it.
I've spent the last few evenings painstakingly removing the light pitting on the splash areas with emery and wire wool and going over the whole frame to get good bare metal, so am appreciative of the build quality (I'll soda blast the lugs).


Glad to hear it! And I'm really looking forward to whatever you're going to build it into. FWIW, the bike pictured above turned out pretty much as I hoped it would: a nimble but comfy credit card tourer, without the twitchiness of a true racer but also without the dead feeling that unloaded touring bikes often have.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:14 pm 
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Thanks for that non-fixie, very enlightening, I'dd always assumed these frames were made by just for Falcon brands so I'll be checking both my Tange Falcon frame numbers this weekend as I expect my Pro and Majorca are from the same lineage.


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