Re: [CR]Help identifying a Falcon frame


Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 17:56:47 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <jerrymoos@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Re: [CR]Help identifying a Falcon frame
To: dima <dima@rogers.com>, Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
In-Reply-To: <628759851.20070710185324@rogers.com>


This looks like late 70's to early 80's, so probably On-Topic, and if a little newer than that, then KOF. Looks like a high-end model, although Gipiemme DO's might indicate not quite the top model.

A lot of people think Falcon quality in this era was poorer than in the late 60's/early 70's. But I've never heard anyone specifically identify what chronic probelms there were with the later Falcons. I think it may be more a matter of inconsistent quality in the later Falcons. One frame might be very clean, while another of the same model might show some shoddy brazing. But of course, the same was said of Raleigh, even some of the higher end Raleighs.

Regards,

Jerry Moos Big Spring, TX

dima <dima@rogers.com> wrote: Hi,

Would appreciate your help in identifying/dating a Falcon frame picked up on ebay some time ago. Here're the original ebay pics:

http://dima.softmaster.co.uk/test/ed4f_3.jpg

http://dima.softmaster.co.uk/test/e971_3.jpg

The stickers on the seat tube and forks say "Guaranteed built with Reynolds 531 butted tubes, forks and stays", the dropouts are stamped Gipiemme, the BB has a "RGF" and a serial no stamped on it. The Falcon head badge is not a real badge but a sticker. Overall the workmanship seems pretty nice to me - but I am not an expert... I think it is a pretty late model (early 90ies maybe?) but I would like to get a better idea which year. Also, any other info on this frame would be appreciated even though I'm afraid that would be off topic - but until I do know the year I can ask, right? :)

Thank you.

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Cheers,
Dmitry Yaitskov,
Toronto, Canada.