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Eddy Merckx - $700 - worth it?

Old 11-05-16, 04:10 PM
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Eddy Merckx - $700 - worth it?

Not much info, but it appears to be about my size, looks to be full Campy, and the paint looks great.

$700 - worth it?

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I don't know much about Merckx specifically, but it looks to be in very good shape with a nice group (Super Record?) so my guess is that yes, that's a decent price. Someone else will probably know more.
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I'm not that up on the models, but I believe it's a professional...and with SR it's definitely a solid buy. Looks nice and clean.
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Nice bike but the paint and decals almost look too good.

There appears to be a sticker on the left chain stay. It might be the logo of the painter? Either way, still a fair deal IMO.
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At first I thought the price was steep...but then I saw the painted to match frame pump. Sploosh.
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Originally Posted by plonz View Post
Nice bike but the paint and decals almost look too good.

There appears to be a sticker on the left chain stay. It might be the logo of the painter? Either way, still a fair deal IMO.
I'd call it more that a fair deal, even considering it's likely a repaint.
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I think good deal too, especially with pedals and pump. Also looks to have the Campy engraved headset spacer, which always seems to attract a lot of interest.

I'm wondering if that's a repaint too; the Bulgier site has a few pages from the '85 catalog if you want to compare.
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Now, if I could just get a callback. I swear, it seems that craigslist attracts the flakiest people in the world, just to torment me!
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Now, if I could just get a callback. I swear, it seems that craigslist attracts the flakiest people in the world, just to torment me!
Hang in there...I'm about to conclude a deal today with a seller who seemed flakey, and ended up being a GREAT guy who just doesn't email or check his phone that often.
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Hang in there...I'm about to conclude a deal today with a seller who seemed flakey, and ended up being a GREAT guy who just doesn't email or check his phone that often.
Yeah, I hear that. This one was phone number only, actually. Still no reply after both texting and calling.

I did, however, find a much better deal: 80s Patelli Super Prestige Columbus SLX with Campy wheelset, $175! Getting ready to meet the guy at 11:00am PST.
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Originally Posted by johnnyace View Post
Yeah, I hear that. This one was phone number only, actually. Still no reply after both texting and calling.

I did, however, find a much better deal: 80s Patelli Super Prestige Columbus SLX with Campy wheelset, $175! Getting ready to meet the guy at 11:00am PST.
That is a better deal, but I'd still rather have the Merckx.
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Just a pair of Veloflex Masters away from being a really sweet rider.

I'd pick that up pronto if I were in the market.

Price is just fine.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
That is a better deal, but I'd still rather have the Merckx.

Agreed.

If in doubt buy both of them.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
That is a better deal, but I'd still rather have the Merckx.
True, Patelli doesn't have the name recognition of Merckx, but the wife was balking at $700, anyway. The $175, no problem. I'll post pics of the Patelli after I get it home.
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True, Patelli doesn't have the name recognition of Merckx, but the wife was balking at $700, anyway. The $175, no problem. I'll post pics of the Patelli after I get it home.
No brainer! Happy vs unhappy wife > difference between bikes.
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So the guy finally got back to me, of course AFTER I had already returned from Portland with the Paletti. Sounds like it is a Professional, and it is all Super Record, and 58cm.

It told the guy he could easily get $1,000 on ebay, and he said somebody had offered him $2,000 for it once (apparently before he was ready to sell). But he said he just didn't want the hassle of trying to sell it at top dollar.
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Did you pull the trigger? That bike has been listed for awhile and I always wondered why.
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Did you pull the trigger? That bike has been listed for awhile and I always wondered why.
No, found an 80s Paletti Super Prestige for $175 instead. I did talk to the guy, though, and the Merckx sounds legit. Somebody please buy this beautiful bike! At $700, it's a steal.
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