[CR]Norris, Rene Herse, and Charrel.

(Example: Production Builders:Pogliaghi)

Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 12:21:45 +0200 (CEST)
From: "alex m" <alexpianos@yahoo.fr>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Norris, Rene Herse, and Charrel.

I don't always agree with Norris' posts, but for once I do with some of this one.

Rene Herse had over the years several frame builders, some were better than others, they had good and bad days, but the main point is that if you look through an RH catalog there were top of the range models with all best components, and others not so expensive. You got what you paid for.

So you can't expect the same level of finish on a frame with Speedy tubing as on a chromed model made for show on the Paris Salon, like the one on the front page of "The Golden Age"... With a start price of 400 USD, the Speedy frame was priced reasonably, it would have gone much much higher than 1000 USD if it had been one of the very top notch frames.

All you can say is that the average level is outstandingly high, and that the best RHs are in a league of their own.

A few small makers reached the same level of perfection in the workmanship, but you can't IMHO put them on a par with RH for one reason : they don't have as many proprietary parts (on the RH, cranks, brakes, chainrings, stem are all RH exclusivities).

This point removed, I have seen a few bikes equivalent to a top Rene Herse : a Maury I have here, several Camille Daudon, severa

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