Maybe the stranger French frame was the Motobecane Grand Record. Butted 531 main tubes, 531 forks, but unidentified rear stays. I've often wondered why they would forego the marketing advantage of "full 531DB" to save a few francs on the rear stays.
Russ Fitzgerald wrote:
> The seamed forks weren't toooo bad - they came stock on what was for a long
> time the next-to-top o' the line PR-10L, which used Reynolds 531 BUTTED main
> tubes, as opposed to some Raleighs that used 531 plain gauge ...
> I still wonder what Peugeot used for the stays on the PR/PK series bikes.
> If you find a 1970-78 Peugeot with forged Simplex dropouts but NO chrome on
> the rear, that's what you're looking at, btw ... strangely enough, I think
> they're scarcer than the more expensive PX-10s were ...
> Russ Fitzgerald
> Greenwood SC