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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 2:26 pm 
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Mountain bike section of the 1989 Claud Butler brochure. I don't have access to a scanner but these digital camera pics turned out OK.


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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 2:44 pm 
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Here's my 89 Spectre a couple of years later. Bottom bracket and crank had been destroyed by this point. Only when I tried to fit these fatter Tioga Psycho IIs that I realised the rear alignment was off! Only recently retired it after 22 years of service. £373 new.

Also my brother's 1989 Spirit which isn't in the brochure, £340 new. This oddity was an un-lugged Tange frame built up with full Exage Trail.


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Thanks for the scans, your two bikes weren't purchased from Berkshire Cycles were they? They used to get some British made oddities like by Anteaus and the Holdsworth I used to have (Tange Cr-mo frame and full Deore I parts).

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:50 pm 
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Amazing! Yes my Spectre was from them, still got the receipt but can't remember which branch it was. I think the yellow sticker on the top tube was the dealer sticker. Just picked up my Saracen in Crowthorne so could be one of their's too :)

A lot of the Falcon brand MTBs (Claud Butler, Holdsworth, Al Carter) seemed to just come with a full groupset, no spec-engineering. Not sure how they came to use Tange on some models when so much of their output was lugged Reynolds?!?

I've since seen another Spirit and a massive 23" Pagan so there are a few survivors out there. Very few 531 or later 653 framed models about though.


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lrh wrote:
Amazing! Yes my Spectre was from them, still got the receipt but can't remember which branch it was. I think the yellow sticker on the top tube was the dealer sticker. Just picked up my Saracen in Crowthorne so could be one of their's too :)

A lot of the Falcon brand MTBs (Claud Butler, Holdsworth, Al Carter) seemed to just come with a full groupset, no spec-engineering. Not sure how they came to use Tange on some models when so much of their output was lugged Reynolds?!?

I've since seen another Spirit and a massive 23" Pagan so there are a few survivors out there. Very few 531 or later 653 framed models about though.


They had a couple of branches in this area and are still a pretty big dealer and friendly too.
They weren't Saracen dealers though if I recall correctly, they used to sell Dawes, Raleigh, Butler, Holdsworth and later Marin. More likely an Evans from Woking bike in this area.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:24 pm 
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Wow that is Oldskool !
Love the seat-post ;-)
(Can't get them shorter than that)

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