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    Merckx Corsa 7-Eleven Limited

    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?

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    Nice picture.
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    the bagina is the frame and the fork is the wangola. The wheels are the ass nipples.

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    What the.....
    I know I attached it. Oh....it was over 100k (too big).
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    Quote Originally Posted by nixage
    Is it too nice/expensive for a fixie?
    yes

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    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.

    If you don't believe me just ask Dario!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nixage
    Is it too nice/expensive for a fixie?
    I would say yes but, I have seen someone build up a Merckx Corsa 7-Eleven Limited as a fixie and I thought it was looked great.
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    Nice frame. If that paint chip bugs you, just cover the whole bike in hockey tape.

    things you need to ask yourself:

    do you own another FG?

    If so, will you ride that one if you fix the Merckx?

    Do you really have the time, cash, and desire to hunt down a good era-appropriate group? Do you care?

    Do you own a fixed rear wheel? If not, how much are you going to spend to get one?

    I'd say fix it and ride it. You'll eventually get a track frame, transfer parts, and shrink that Merckx down, and sell it to me cheap.

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    Do exactly what you want with that frame. You bought it up so you decide if you want new 10 speed, old ****ty road group or fixie.

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    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.

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    The period will be 1988 to 1990. Grouppo is Shimano Dura Ace 8 speed - early STI.

    S/F,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceya
    The period will be 1988 to 1990. Grouppo is Shimano Dura Ace 8 speed - early STI.

    S/F,
    CEYA!
    I'll probably end up going with 06 Chorus.

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    Good choice. The 06 Chorus is nice, especially if you are a fan of the square taper BB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nixage
    I'll probably end up going with 06 Chorus.

    it was just a little info for you. there was no threadless back then. ahh,the good days.

    S/F,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceya
    it was just a little info for you. there was no threadless back then. ahh,the good days.

    S/F,
    CEYA!
    Thanks. Didn't mean to come off in a mean way. The frame came with a certificate and a nice picture of hampsten using the shimano gear. It actually says the frame was used between 89 and 90.

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    That thing will be dope with gears and drops and brakes and stuff. Ride the piss out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nixage
    ...due to envrionmental laws in Europe, they no longer do chrome plating.
    Sure they do. Just ask Mercian Cycles who does theirs.
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    can't you just tell us?

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