Joe of Loath wrote:
Decals look like they are off a Falcon Scorpio............but doesn't look like any Scorpio to me.
I have a handbuilt Falcon frame from the mid 70's but they were thinking then it wasn't economic, they kept building them for a few years more, even doing some brazing bits (the six girls who built in the 70's didn't do braze ons).
That frame looks 80's to me and by that time they were buying frames in from Taiwan and the far east...
Might be one of the last handbuilt Falcon's but not convinced..........
I thought Falcon built their own bikes well into the 80s? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falcon_Cycles
Falcon were good quality bikes originally built by Roberts, and then by Coventry Eagle. Unfortunately, they were another company to fall into the hands of Ernie Clements. He bought several well known companies including Harry Quinn and imported cheap mass produced frames from the far east. As the owner he retained the right to decal the frames with the builders names. Hence you have to be very careful with Harry Quinn frames, if it doesn't have a 'Q' frame number it will be an Ernie Clements import. I once met a gentleman who was very proud of having bought one of the last 'limited edition' Harry Quinn frames thinking it would be a good investment. I didn't have the heart to tell him it was a cheap Taiwan import. When Harry found out what Ernie was doing he was so disgusted he started building again in South Wales.
There's even a story about loads of Ernies frames being buried in Telford as he tried to hide them from the bailiffs.
Falcons were built by Roberts...oooh, there goes a flock of flying pigs.
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