Re: [CR]St. Etienne Marque

Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 15:24:12 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <>
Subject: Re: [CR]St. Etienne Marque
To: Don Wilson <>,
In-Reply-To: <>

Yes, in the early 70's all the high volume French manufacturers made extremely similar models at any given price point, both in terms of frames and components. If a French bike from that era has been repainted and has no decals, it is extremely difficult to tell for sure what brand it is. If there are brazeons, these may give a clue, since most models had few if any brazeons. And sometimes there are identifiable differences in the seatstay attachment to the seat cluster. But often you never will know for sure. French constructeur frames, of course, were a completely different matter.


Jerry Moos Big Spring, TX

Don Wilson <> wrote: I have a St. Etienne Robust. Bike boom. Gas pipe. I have a UO-8, also. They are indistinguishable in performance and components, except for the stem. Ava on UO-8. BF or BG something for the Robust.

Don Wilson
Los Olivos, CA USA

--- MARK wrote:

> Yesterday, still another bike "fell from the sky"
> into my humble stable. A dump find, kindly bestowed
> by a cycling friend.
> At first glance, it looked like a Gitane sticker
> on the head tube, even though he told me it was a St
> Etienne before bringing it by. I was curious about
> the St. Etienne brand itself, and also any
> connection to Gitane.
> The bike looks like 531 main tubes, simplex drop
> outs and criterium derailleurs, mafac, belleri, and
> nervar star components. It had only the rear
> tubular rear wheel witha normandy luxe hub.
> Any comments or info appreciated.
> Mark Hoffman
> Breathing easy after the 33rd NB Crit is over in
> New Britain, CT

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