Up until the
late 1970's, Crescent racing bikes were common in the
USA. The top model was inexplicably named the "Pepita Special." In
this period, Crescent also briefly offered a stainless steel tubing bike,
with painted Nervex lugs (the stainless steel tubes were polished.)
We are seeking
nice photos of stock & original Crescent pro bikes, especially of the stainless version.
"From early 1960s,
was actually the same bikes but with
different colour, decals, badges, etc. They were the dominant
brands in Swedish racing and also sold a lot in Norway and ... Finland.
The famous Pettersson brothers, with
three consecutive TTT worlds titles 1967-1969 rode these bikes, two of
them (Erik and Sture) on the orange Crescents while Gösta and Thomas
rode the light blue Monark. Gösta won the 1971 Giro d'Italia on a Monark
although that was a custom made bike, (said to be) De Rosa, painted
blue. (Dirty joke of the late 70's: "Do you know what the queen and
Gösta Pettersson has in common? - The both have a Monark 'tween their
"In the late seventies the
company marketed Crescent as the top end quality bike while Monark
became a budget brand and was out of racing. This is still the
case..(but) last year there once again was a Monark road racer on the
market, at budget price. ..... I ride a 1968 Monark with Campy bar end
gear changers and other goodies."
"Today Crescent & Monark are two
brands in a Swedish owned bike conglomerate including also Bianchi,
Gitane and the Peugeot cycling division as well as Norwegian DBS and the
group is the biggest on the European market."
Tomas Nilsson, Arvika, Sweden