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 Post subject: Good Buy?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:32 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Hi guys, new to forum :) just wondering on what your thoughts are on this? Looks good to me (the untrained eye), not many details in add wondering if you could shed some light on model, period ect? Listed at £130

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Dan


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 Post subject: Re: Good Buy?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:12 pm 
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Good buy? Not at £130: it would be at £60-£80.

I'd warrant that it is a Falcon built Merckx, rather than the real deal.

I've yet to see those brake lever extensions on a good bike and the rack & mudguards don't speak volumes about Merckx's racing pedigree.

It looks to have band-on top tube and over the bottom bracket cable guides, which date it to the 70's/80's.

For future reference, photos of the drive side and details of what make the brakes, cranks and derailleurs are will help this sort of enquiry.

It does look to be quite sound and would be a great workhorse/lock-it-and-leave-it commuter, but don't be fooled by the name, it's a very modest bike and over-priced as it stands.


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 Post subject: Re: Good Buy?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:28 pm 
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Eddy mercx franchised his name to some mass produced bikes, of which the above is an example, if it is an Eddy Mercx at all.

We sold them and don't remember a silver one, also the giro d'italia pink stripe was on the lower part of the seat tube IIRC.

A quick google of eddy mercx falcon should throw up some pics.

Way overpriced IMHO

Shaun


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 Post subject: NO.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:59 pm 
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Midlife wrote:
Eddy mercx franchised his name to some mass produced bikes, of which the above is an example, if it is an Eddy Mercx at all.

We sold them and don't remember a silver one, also the giro d'italia pink stripe was on the lower part of the seat tube IIRC.

A quick google of eddy mercx falcon should throw up some pics.

Way overpriced IMHO

Shaun


Agreed...I'd pay £30 for it max, and that would only be to get those Esge chromoplastic 'guards!

Hard I know, but just too much grey porridge out there masquarading as"classic", awaiting for the uninitiated to be ripped off.

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 Post subject: Re: Good Buy?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:09 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks for the advice all. Dont think i will bother with it in that case, ScillySuffolk the photos are just the ones included in the add but thanks for the tip.

Dan


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 Post subject: Re: Good Buy?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:51 pm 
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I'd keep searching, £130 is top price. I bought this last year for £25

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 Post subject: Re: Good Buy?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:16 pm 
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I agree with £30. My sister had one in the late 70s in Molteni orange, and it really was bog standard. Don't be fooled by the stickers and the name; you could do much much better for £130.
Nick


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 Post subject: Re: Good Buy?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:04 pm 
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http://imgc.classistatic.com/cps/poc/13 ... j6_27.jpeg

This is how I remember they looked, pink and yellow stripes on the seat tube much nearer the decals..............and in orange LOL

Shaun


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