I just bought this (see picture) brand new. It arrived with about a half inch chip on one of the rear dropouts but I think I shouldn't have any issues touching it up. I wish it was chrome, but due to envrionmental laws in Europe, they no longer do chrome plating. I don't understand why the paint jobs on Merckx's are always so thin and fragile.
Anyway, I'm thinking of setting it up as a fixed gear bike. What do you guys think? Is it too nice/expensive for a fixie?
schwinn suburban conversion with chopped risers LOLZ!
I would never turn such a fine road frame into a conversion. Build it up with period parts or make it a sleeper with modern ones. The nice thing about Merckx's is that Shimano or Campy will be appropraite and not totally wrong.
Well, I never thought about putting 'era' parts on it. I already own an mx leader from the mid 90's with original parts. The way I see it is that the bike was built in 2006, so it should have 2006 parts on it. After all, it has a threadless steerer tube. I think it would look cool with a chorus gruppo, but was started to think about a fixie.