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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:40 pm 
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It won't last long at that price


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:51 pm 
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70's Falcon / Belgian copy :(

We used to sell them and the frames are pretty shoddy.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:32 pm 
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Poo Pants! :P

Apparently Merckx nearly fainted when he saw such crap with his name on it. The contract with Falcon was not renewed.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:23 pm 
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Bugloss

This always got me wondering why he did it...........and we had to sell the damn things.

Before they arrived we saw pictures of a Falcon built Mercx in 531 kitted out in all Campag but never had one in the shop. Maybe that's what they showed Mercx and he said yes............

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PS Actually I think there's a pic of one on the net.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:28 pm 
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http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=27392

Brochure above.....top model which looks like an Orange San-Remo Falcon.........just never remember seeing one actually in the flesh.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:29 pm 
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He was probably bamboozled, like you say.

How about Kessels though ?

You got in there quick with that Shaun. The Super Competition would have won him over easily, that's high spec.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:36 pm 
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Can you imagine the face he pulled when he went to see the Falcon factory with all those cheap frames and Eddy Merckx written all over them. I bet it still keeps him awake at night. :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:00 pm 
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Never seen a Super Competition apart from in a photo :)

I wonder if Kessels did a quality Merckx?

I doubt if he saw the Falcon Factory....... back in the 70's the UK economy died and we were on a 3 day week.....candles at home and my dad made redundant. Icelandic Cod wars and Swedish pit prop imports into the Falcon factory area killed any prospect of people spending money....

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:40 am 
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What's a Swedish pit prop import ? I remember the candles and Cod wars, but we were cosy in the South East. Nothing's changed there :roll:

Found a photo of the "good" Falcon

http://velospace.org/node/40520
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Heres a couple of Kessels with Campagnolo and 531

http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Benelux/Kessels.htm


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:02 pm 
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I've seen that pic of the 1972 Falcon before. Not sure it's real as the brake shoe guides are dipped, the ring is SR and there is a braze on for the rear mech on the chainstay and BB.......the Falcon build team didn't braze onto 531.

So not sure if it's a fake?

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