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    Group question for early Eddy Merkcx

    So, this is headed home after being repaired and refinished:
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    I have wheels for it (c-record hubs with Mavic hoops), and some Super Record parts (fd, rd, and shifters). I also have some Galli components (Italian BB, headset, brake levers and rear caliper).
    A complete Victory group could also be had reasonably, if I decided to go that route.
    What, in your opinion, would be the best road to take; Finish collecting SR parts, Galli parts, or just go with the Victory group?
    My bikes: '64 Atala Grand Prix (Shiny old bike), '84 Centurion Elite GT(Commuter), '85 Torpado Super Strada (Campy'ed up fun bike), '81(?) Eddy Merckx (under resto)

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    No! Not Victory!! ANYTHING but THAT!!

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    I'm not a big fan of Victory.

    Take your time and go with Super Record for the most part.

    I would also consider Modolo Professional levers and calipers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gomango View Post

    I would also consider Modolo Professional levers and calipers.
    Ooo yeah. Some of those ones they did in dark blue anodize.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
    Ooo yeah. Some of those ones they did in dark blue anodize.
    They are very nice.

    I have a box of Modolo goodies around here somewhere....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
    Ooo yeah. Some of those ones they did in dark blue anodize.
    I have blue/grey anodized Galli levers and rear calipers. I matching front replacement is proving hard to come by.
    My bikes: '64 Atala Grand Prix (Shiny old bike), '84 Centurion Elite GT(Commuter), '85 Torpado Super Strada (Campy'ed up fun bike), '81(?) Eddy Merckx (under resto)

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    Suntour.

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    Eddy rode Campagnolo.

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    I think Pat 80-81 Super Record is what's needed here.

    Galli can be nice, but such a special frame deserves the right stuff.

    Glad to see you had Wanta do the restoration, same place I would have gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
    I think Pat 80-81 Super Record is what's needed here.

    Galli can be nice, but such a special frame deserves the right stuff.

    Glad to see you had Wanta do the restoration, same place I would have gone.
    How'd you know I sent it to Allan?

    I agonized over what to do with this frame. Believe it or not, you gave me the nudge over the edge to get it done. Thanks.

    My personal preference is Super Record, with Galli a close second. I'll be riding it with a hodge-podge of parts until I can collect the proper parts. And yes, I'll shed a tear or two when the first scratch happens.
    My bikes: '64 Atala Grand Prix (Shiny old bike), '84 Centurion Elite GT(Commuter), '85 Torpado Super Strada (Campy'ed up fun bike), '81(?) Eddy Merckx (under resto)

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    If you want a matched group go with the Victory w/ the C-Rec wheels.

    I don't know why everyone pooh poohs the Victory and Triomphe groups. The RD dimensions are the same as a SR/NR and the shifter insides are the same so shifting isn't much different. The unique angular styling of the crank appeals to me but I wish they would have made 172.5 arms. Unfortunately time and hording seems to have eliminated any hope of actually being able to use the smaller chain wheels the 116 BCD made possible. The caliper mounted QR is only open or closed but how many of actually use the myriad of positions the barrel of a SR/NR caliper make possible?

    Be you own guide if you like Victory use it! If you want to spend money to complete the SR group and ride with the crowd do that.
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    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '09 Motobecane SOLD, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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    Very nice!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
    I think Pat 80-81 Super Record is what's needed here.

    Galli can be nice, but such a special frame deserves the right stuff.

    Glad to see you had Wanta do the restoration, same place I would have gone.
    I agree! You just spent to have it fixed & finished. Finish it off right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    If you want a matched group go with the Victory w/ the C-Rec wheels.

    I don't know why everyone pooh poohs the Victory and Triomphe groups. The RD dimensions are the same as a SR/NR and the shifter insides are the same so shifting isn't much different. The unique angular styling of the crank appeals to me but I wish they would have made 172.5 arms. Unfortunately time and hording seems to have eliminated any hope of actually being able to use the smaller chain wheels the 116 BCD made possible. The caliper mounted QR is only open or closed but how many of actually use the myriad of positions the barrel of a SR/NR caliper make possible?

    Be you own guide if you like Victory use it! If you want to spend money to complete the SR group and ride with the crowd do that.
    They asked for an opinion and I gave it.

    I would rather hang it with 105 than Victory.

    Never liked that clunky stuff that much.

    SR is the correct choice for that nice frameset.

    OP should take their time and do it correctly if going for period.

    Or order up an Athena groupset and go modern.

    Now that might be cool.

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    Triomphe and Victory are just kind of fugly with its hard angles and really blockly. It's like Devo of Campy's 80's groupos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry III View Post
    Triomphe and Victory are just kind of fugly with its hard angles and really blockly. It's like Devo of Campy's 80's groupos.


    Yep.

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    I'm all for following your own instinct on any build, whatever that may be. That said, I agree with the others that SR (or maybe NR) is the "right" choice for this one. I think this bike kind of demands it (unless you decide it doesn't).

    Beautiful frame.

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    Frame looks great. IMO 80/81 SR with Mavic wheels is the way to go. If you want to go modern, 10 spd Chorus (silver alloy version) is always a nice choice.

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    Eddy's Company is in the French language part of Belgium .. so Mavic is OK too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Eddy's Company is in the French language part of Belgium .. so Mavic is OK too.
    A full Mavic kit might be as hard to find as a Galli one.
    My bikes: '64 Atala Grand Prix (Shiny old bike), '84 Centurion Elite GT(Commuter), '85 Torpado Super Strada (Campy'ed up fun bike), '81(?) Eddy Merckx (under resto)

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    Then you look at all new stuff .. Shimano SRAM and Campag.. thats as easy as finding your charge card.

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    I have the exact same frame and went modern (so far Veloce 10s but might go 11s Athena at some point).

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    I'd build it with whatever you have on hand and slowly add Campy SR stuff as you find it. That's what I'm doing with a couple of deserving late 70's/early 80's bikes. That way you can ride and enjoy, and not have to wait (or spend too much $$).
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