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Old 09-30-12, 12:43 PM   #1
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Rainy Sunday: My New (Not so new) Titanium Merckx

Picked this up second hand from a racer trying to thin his herd. He was originally selling a Cinelli Supercorsa with 10spd Centaur and I missed out on that one, but he told me about his Eddy Merckx Titanium EX with a record group and C-Record Delta brakes so I thought missing the Cinelli wasn't such a bad idea. Anybody can tell me more about this bike?



Did a 90+ mile ride yesterday from NYC to Brewster and back. Ride quality is a cross between the carbon and steel. Second hand C&V for the win!

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Old 09-30-12, 12:50 PM   #2
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Some of Merckx's ti frames were designed by Eddy but built by Litespeed in the US. Eddy later on made ti in his own factory in Belgium but I've never seen a Belgium built ti merckx. There may be a sticker on the seat tube stating if it was built by litespeed. Very nice bike.
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Old 09-30-12, 01:00 PM   #3
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I guess a 90 mile ride means it's comfortable. Do you usually ride bikes that are so small for you?
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In photo #2 I think you can see the Litespeed decal.
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Old 09-30-12, 01:13 PM   #5
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I don't know that much about Litespeed, other than that they made lots of Ti frames. Eddy must have had such an affinity with the company that he entrusted a frame bearing his name to a builder outside of his own factory! Thanks for sharing the video.
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I don't know that much about Litespeed, other than that they made lots of Ti frames. Eddy must have had such an affinity with the company that he entrusted a frame bearing his name to a builder outside of his own factory! Thanks for sharing the video.
Not really...most of the Euro ti frames were made elsewhere and litespeed was a popular choice. Litespeed was probably the biggest producer of ti frames at the time...they also built for Basso, Bianchi, Lemond, Look and others.
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Oh cool. I've got the ax version of the same era. I love this thing, but I don't ride it as much as I should. Do you know what the difference is between the ex and the ax?



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Oh cool. I've got the ax version of the same era. I love this thing, but I don't ride it as much as I should. Do you know what the difference is between the ex and the ax?



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I believe the EX was a step up and had shaped tubing. I believe it was designed after the AX to improve on some excessive flexing issues on that model. (don't hold me to that, I think I read it here somewhere when I posted about my AX). Both were made by Litespeed with specs/geometry from EM. Mine had an Italian bottom bracket shell and Merckx "Century" geometry, same as my MXL.
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Needs a titanium quill stem.
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Excellent score. IMHO, Ti is second to none.

Oh, and don't pay any attention to the seat post police. They haven't been able to touch their toes for a loooong time, if ever.
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Excellent score. IMHO, Ti is second to none.

Oh, and don't pay any attention to the seat post police. They haven't been able to touch their toes for a loooong time, if ever.
Actually, that's true in my case. I never was very flexible.
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Fantastic bike. Looking for one like it in my size. Nice build too.
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