[CR] Any Monark fans out there?

(Example: History:Ted Ernst)

From: "Charles T. Young" <youngc@ptd.net>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2009 22:46:50 -0500
Subject: [CR] Any Monark fans out there?

Truls Johnsen from the Framebuilders list is selling a few bikes including a Monark and a Merckx-built Crescent. While there are a lot of 1970's Crescents over here, I don't believe I've ever seen a Monark lightweight in the states. I also didn't know there was a Merckx connection with Crescent - perhaps only distributed in Europe?

Links to photos of these below in Truls' post. Note that he doesn't have pricing, but I thought that the Monark should be seen by CR members. I'm curious about whether Monark did any finish filing of the lugs in contrast to the out-of-the-box Nervex Series Professionel lugs on virtually all of the Crescents I've seen. Any owners out there among CR members?

Charlie Young
Honey Brook, Pennsylvania USA

----- Original Message -----

> Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2009 23:06:10 +0100
> From: Truls Erik Johnsen <jfw@planetjohnsen.com>
> Subject: [Frame] FS: Two Swedes and a Merckx
> To: <framebuilders@bikelist.org>
> Message-ID: <04ef01ca791b$d2a9c620$2b01a8c0@TrulsThinkpad>
> Content-Type: text/plain
> Hi guys,
> I need to make some room over here and thought I'd post these here as well
> as "locally" here in Scandinavia.
> The first one is a Crescent made by Eddy Merckx, most likely from the mid
> 80's. Campagnolo Triomphe or Victory gruppo. Great riding bike that looks
> really spiffy.
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/planetjohnsen/4171988137/
> Numero dos is a gem. A Swedish made Monark from the early 60's. Reynolds
> 531
> with Nervex lugs, Campagnolo Nuovo Grand Sport derailleurs and hubs,
> Stronglight crankset and Weinmann Vainqueur 999 brakes. All chrome in
> remarkably good condition. All in all a very nice package with the only
> real
> catch is the scratches from the gear lever clamp on the downtube.
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/planetjohnsen/4172771836/
> And at last it's an early 80's Eddy Merckx. Most likely 82 or 83 based on
> the serial number. Chromed fork in good condition (with the very nice flat
> top crown - DeRosa, I believe?). The frame is in sound condition, but with
> some scratches (no dents). The Triomphe gruppo bears marks from a life
> outside, so all chrome is tarnished.
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/planetjohnsen/4172730720/
> That's it. Not sure whether any of this is worth shipping over the pond,
> but
> if interested please shoot me an email. Oh, and feel free to forward this
> to
> CR or other lists dealing with collecting bikes.


> Truls