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1989 Eddy Merckx Extra Corsa Project

Old 07-31-16, 03:39 AM
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Great and informative thread. I love your Merckx. I'm a bit of a 'Colnago' tragic but I did have a Merckx Corsa Extra for a time and it was a magnificent riding bike - possibly better than my Colnago's (Did I really type that???)
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I know I'm late to the party but I love your bike. I had that color scheme in the same SLX tubing. The original fork was fubar'd in an accident so mine had a chrome EM replacement fork. Bike was later stolen (1996) and I miss it to this day.
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Beautiful bike, congrats.
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I came across this photo from Retrobike of the 1989 Merckx catalog. Even though the Merckx ADR team livery was only used by the team in 1988, apparently Merckx still offered it in 1989

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The Extra Corsa is now road ready. I might change the saddle, tires and even the rims, but for now it's all about the ride. I really owe a great thanks to Duane at Chester Cycles in Chicago and Alec at The Bike Factory in Edwardsville. Without their skills, this would have remained a ride-able but well-used racehorse of a bike. Now it's got a new lease on life and it will stay in like-new condition for many years to come.












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Great looking CE!

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That's a keeper, Michael! Love it!
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Very nice, great recovery of a worthy frame. That's the type of bike worth keeping period correct. All business though, with the forward riding position.
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Man, oh man. That is sweeeet.
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What an excellent looking bike, and great story behind its original stewardship and the team history. The touch-up paint job is really, really well done and it's nice that the bike was in good enough condition for that level of restoration to make such an impression of newness. Bravo!
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Very, very nice! Loved all the extra info. Hmmm, I don't have a Belgium ride....
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Originally Posted by gomango
Great looking CE!

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Hi Grady,

Yes, the tires are smooth and grippy and roll very well. The green stripe is a nice detail.

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That's a keeper, Michael! Love it!

Hi Bob,


Your enthusiasm for your Merckx encouraged me to find my own. After more than a year of searching, I finally have a keeper at the top of my collection.

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Very nice, great recovery of a worthy frame. That's the type of bike worth keeping period correct. All business though, with the forward riding position.

Hi Pete,


I had considered putting a set of Campagnolo 2x9 speed brifters and matching 2x9 Campagnolo componients on the bike. But when I saw that the paint match and blending was close to perfect, I kept the original Dura Ace build. The bike does have a NOS Dura Ace BB and a recently sourced like-new Dura Ace Crank and shifter set.


The bike really encourages an honest effort and good technique. If I ride the bike like I'm in a time trial, it really picks up speed and holds it. I also notice almost no swaying while climbing, even when the legs are rubbery. The bike is far better than the rider will ever be.


It also steers better than my other bikes, it dials in the right amount of steering based on how much I lean the bike with minimal rider input.






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Beautiful! I love that color scheme, Barrettscv.
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv
It's a 63cm c-t seattube with a perfect-for-me 590 mm top-tube. I usually pair this tt length with a 120mm stem and zero offset seatpost. I like the stem, and will use it, but it will need the gray anodized handlebars, brake levers and brake calipers to maintain the match.
My size too, very nice bike. i had a 1991 Marinoni in metallic blue of these dimensions and I wanted to do the grey theme. I had a 3ttt status stem that I bought NOS on it (still have it but not in use), but I settled for black bars and post because matching the grey was too hard. It also went with the black wheels and the rest was centaur century grey. I liked the look of that grey ano.
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That's stunning and I love the stem.
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Sweet bike!

So nice!
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