Yeah I'm still thinking English made, out of Japanese 'stuff'. Not just because it actually says 'Made in England' on it! definitely a bit blurry though how 'Made in England' is the question it seems
So... onto my latest research results: Don't know if many of us here were BMXers?
I sure was and I remember Hsin Lung for a quality rip off of another design icon, not Nitto Bullmoose bars... remember CW? Those classic bars!
Well anyway researching the hell out of everything, looking at every Japanese maker I can think of I have got a very close match for this frame in the CW ATB, which although CW were Californian and made a lot of gear in the USA, I gather their 'ATB' was a made in Japan Akisu creation (connection seems obvious)
The cable guides and that canti hanger and fast back stays/seatclamp are dead on but there are lugs used on the BB/chainstay join, mine are TIGed no lugs anywhere and don't appear to be the same fancy branded drop outs, or the super pretty forks mine has
which ever way it goes there's a lot of Akisu in this bike. And we've all certainly seen Union Jacks and Stars and stripes on bikes and when you read the blurb/small print on sticker, it says 'designed/engineered/race proven/assembled in...' I can't see anyone trying to be hokey about a bike being made in Japan in the '80s... Taiwan maybe
Unless Falcon just slapped any old head badge on the bike regardless, that's something I could almost see that happening!
My bike seems to be a cross between the CW ATB which Akisu made - and a Falcon BMX in terms of construction, which is leading me to think Falcon made it primarily out of stuff sourced from people already in the mountain bike game, like Suntour (dropouts) Akisu (frame parts) and 100% assembled forks. Akisu Made in Japan, stamped right on them - and what surely must Be Tange for the tubing and it is definitely a seamless tube with a quality 'ting'...
And that one amazing fact that meant I had to have it: It is a Falcon MTB that is a fine piece of kit - Astonishing. Never seen such a thing
Here's some CW pics (this is a teeny bit BSO to be honest):
check out the cable guides just visible, also note lugged contruction
Here's that dead ringer for the stays and canti hanger
Images sourced from:http://homepage.ntlworld.com/cwracing/C ... n_bike.htm
And in less BSO like equipment level:
How's that for retro biking? Wonder how she looks these days?
_________________'89 Specialized Stumpjumper Team
- '8? Klein Mountain Klein (WiP) - '89 Puegeot Scorpion 531 - '90 Look Mi80 - '91 Britsh Eagle something or other XT
- '92 Specilaized Hardrock - '93 Saracen Race Elite
- '93 Specialized Stumpjumper (stolen!) - '94 GT Zaskar LE Frame sold on RB - '95 Univega Alpina 508 XT - '97 Cannonadale Super V 1000 Freeride - '97 Cannondale M900