David B wrote:
my mrs had a british eagle 531 racing bike with 105 equipment. It was ok and comparable to any club racer. The tourist ones were in my opinion comparable to dawes galaxies, raleigh randoneurs, CB dalesmans etc. Weren't they made (or maybe just assembled) in uk by some large factory like Falcon?
If the price is right and its one with 531 throughtout and forged dropouts, then it would be good.
I think they later came under Falcon ownership and the bikes dropped in quality mostly being cheapo MTBs. Prior to that however, British Eagle had their own factory in mid-Wales (possibly the same one where Barry Hoban's bikes were made??) and produced some good stuff; as others have said the Touristique was a particular highlight of the range. I think Adrian Timmis was sponsored by them at one stage during his career on the domestic road scene, but as Adrian posts on RB from time to time I'm sure he'd be able to verify that if he's read this!
The British Eagle brand was one of Frank (? see edit below) Clements 'stable' which metamorphosed into all sorts of other ownerships. They did have the Newtown factory (which was the Phillips bike factory previously) and did make the 'Barry Hoban' branded bikes there. Barry worked for them at one time. Didn't they offer some reasonable MTB's at one time? Probably something else rebranded though.
EDIT - just had a thought that it was Ernie Clements not Frank that was involved. I always get their commercial interests mixed up!
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