Unknown Falcon?

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by funk2monk, 29 Apr 2019.

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  1. funk2monk

    funk2monk Active Member

    Location:
    Suffolk
    Recently purchased this frame on Ebay and when I collected it was told it was an old Raleigh. I googled this and it looked like it was a Raleigh Triathlon. Features which made me think of this are twin water bottle mounts, 531 tubing and cable mounts on top tube.
    However now its home and i can see it better it has the word Falcon on the top oval seat stay - one side only?
    I'm now not sure what i bought - happy as its light and in reasonable condition.
    I have googled Falcon 531 and there's nothing that looks the same?
    I will upload more photographs tonight if required. Original Ebay photo attached.

    HELP!
     

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  2. midlife

    midlife Guru

    Falcon were a law unto themselves lol, any more pics ?
     
  3. OP
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    funk2monk

    funk2monk Active Member

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    Hi midlife, I will send some over tonight.
     
  4. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    Got to love a mystery that shouldn't be a mystery
     
  5. classic33

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  6. midlife

    midlife Guru

    With the braze ons and under BB guides it's into the 80's..... Reminds me of a Shane Sutton Special
     
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  7. southcoast

    southcoast Senior Member

    The Falcon Competitor came in white with shimano gears. As others have said more pics would be helpful.
     
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    funk2monk

    funk2monk Active Member

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    Well as promised and requested here are some more photographs. Not sure the word Falcon will be visible in the photo. The white is a pearlescent finish. I can not see a frame number yet.
    Over to you the experts to update me please.
     

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  9. OP
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    funk2monk

    funk2monk Active Member

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    The crack is in the paint and not the frame!! It looks like the frame has been powder coated. Could explain why the word Falcon is not visible?
     
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  10. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    Well it's not a Raleigh. :whistle:
     
  11. midlife

    midlife Guru

    Blimey that finish is thick.... Even for a Falcon lol. Looks refinished.

    Frame could be from a "Victory"? They had falcon panto'd on the seat stay caps...

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  12. southcoast

    southcoast Senior Member

    Any sign of the original colour?
     
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  13. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    What's the marking on the rear seat stay?
     
  14. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    OP said Falcon
     
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    funk2monk

    funk2monk Active Member

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    Im not able to see any trace of original colour? Perhaps it was originally white and re-painted over??
     
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