Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Maiden Voyage - Merckx Team Stuttgart

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Maiden Voyage - Merckx Team Stuttgart

Old 03-16-19, 05:04 PM
  #1  
mcpastor
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Kansas City area
Posts: 43
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Maiden Voyage - Merckx Team Stuttgart

Woohoo! Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny spring day, so I took a ride on my recent acquisition, a 1989 Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra road bike.

Team Stuttgart was sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Telekom (now T-Mobile) and the first pro team of Germany according to Wikipedia. Some notable riders: Erik Zabel, Jan Ullrich, Alexander Vinokourov, Andreas Kloden, Cadel Evans and others. The team became Team HTC-Highroad.

Here's the run-down:
Columbux SLX tubing
Team Stuttgart colors
Campagnolo Super Record Crankset (52-42), bottom bracket, derailleurs and brakes
Shimano freewheel, 7 speed 14-26
SRAM chain
Campagnolo Triomphe brake levers
Campagnolo Superleggeri pedals
Cristophe toe clips and straps
Campagnolo Victory hubs
Mavic MA-40 rims
Cinelli bar and stem
Selle Italia Rolls saddle
Sugino Pro seatpost
Elite Ciussi bottle cage

Maiden voyage was a delight, except for a broken chain. Fortunately, I managed to stay upright, and I found a bike shop within walking distance (.7 mile)! The owner, Darby, set me up with a new smooth-running SRAM chain and straightened, tightened and adjusted my rear derailleur while he was at it. He did this knowing I didn't have a credit card with me. Without taking my contact information, he just said "come on back tomorrow and pay for the chain." He did not even charge for his service. He's found a new customer! The drivetrain was extremely precise and silent on my return ride.











Last edited by mcpastor; 03-16-19 at 05:15 PM.
mcpastor is offline  
Old 03-16-19, 05:06 PM
  #2  
52telecaster
ambulatory senior
 
52telecaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Peoria Il
Posts: 2,567

Bikes: Bob Jackson World Tour, 81 miyata 912 and 86 miyata 312.

Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 798 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Lovely bike man!
52telecaster is offline  
Old 03-16-19, 05:12 PM
  #3  
uncle uncle
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: south kansas america
Posts: 1,434

Bikes: too many

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 233 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'd scoot the rear wheel back a smidge more.
uncle uncle is offline  
Old 03-16-19, 05:17 PM
  #4  
mcpastor
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Kansas City area
Posts: 43
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by uncle uncle View Post
I'd scoot the rear wheel back a smidge more.
I hear ya. I have some Campy rear axle adjustment bolts on order too.
mcpastor is offline  
Old 03-16-19, 05:18 PM
  #5  
McBTC
Senior Member
 
McBTC's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 3,715

Bikes: 2015 22 Speed

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1460 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Cool shop...
McBTC is offline  
Old 03-16-19, 05:20 PM
  #6  
uncle uncle
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: south kansas america
Posts: 1,434

Bikes: too many

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 233 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It's a beautiful bicycle. The paint scheme is time machine, taking one back to the late eighties. I really dig it when a bicycle harks back to a past era like that.
uncle uncle is offline  
Old 03-16-19, 06:19 PM
  #7  
belacqua
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 351
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Awesome bike
belacqua is offline  
Old 03-16-19, 06:45 PM
  #8  
SurferRosa
Senior Member
 
SurferRosa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Posts: 600

Bikes: old school 531c & campy

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 252 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Beauty.

Originally Posted by uncle uncle View Post
I'd scoot the rear wheel back a smidge more.
Might be able to add a link of chain, too, unless the jockey comes too close to the big cogs when the chain is in the small ring.

When given enough chain, my super record rd makes easy work of pulling the chain up to a 28t rear cog.
SurferRosa is offline  
Old 03-16-19, 07:19 PM
  #9  
horatio 
Hump, what hump?
 
horatio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: SC midlands
Posts: 1,197

Bikes: See signature

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 84 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Sweet!
__________________
### 60cm Ciocc Designer '84 frameset to trade for something comparable in a 54-56 size ###

2010 AB T1X ** 2010 Cannondale SIX-5 ** 1989 Bianchi Brava ** 1988 Nishiki Olympic ** 1987 Centurion Ironman Expert(2) ** 1985 DeRosa Professional SLX ** 1982 Basso Gap ** 198? Ciocc Competition SL ** 19?? Roberts Audax ** 198? Brian Rourke ** 198? Mercian Olympic
horatio is offline  
Old 03-16-19, 07:21 PM
  #10  
jamesdak
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Utah
Posts: 5,176

Bikes: G.L. Maillot Juane & Ventoux,Schwinn Circuit, Prologue,PDG Paramount,Paramount,Tempo,Jake The Snake,LeMond Zurich & Tourmelet,Giordana XL Super & Antares,Puegeot U08,Bob Jackson,Fuji S12-S,Opus III,Orbea Cabestany,Bianchi Campione,Basso Gap

Mentioned: 80 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1096 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Beauty!
jamesdak is offline  
Old 03-16-19, 08:44 PM
  #11  
rccardr 
aka: Dr. Cannondale
 
rccardr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 5,181

Bikes: I'd rather not count how many, thank you

Mentioned: 133 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 954 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Very nice.
__________________
Hard at work in the Secret Underground Laboratory...
rccardr is offline  
Old 03-16-19, 09:19 PM
  #12  
mcpastor
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Kansas City area
Posts: 43
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
Beauty.



Might be able to add a link of chain, too, unless the jockey comes too close to the big cogs when the chain is in the small ring.

When given enough chain, my super record rd makes easy work of pulling the chain up to a 28t rear cog.
Thanks, I’ll check it out.
mcpastor is offline  
Old 03-16-19, 10:15 PM
  #13  
mcpastor
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Kansas City area
Posts: 43
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by uncle uncle View Post
It's a beautiful bicycle. The paint scheme is time machine, taking one back to the late eighties. I really dig it when a bicycle harks back to a past era like that.
Thanks Uncle Uncle. Yeah, the 80’s color scheme was what I liked about it when I saw it. Then I learned the pink was Telekom (T-Mobile). Many good memories of watching them making TDF’s interesting for us.

The Super Record on it is a little earlier than the frame, which was usually paired with aero levers and accompanying components—Campy or Shimano—by this time. But, I love the look of the old Campy derailleurs, crankset and brake levers (with gracefully exposed cables). This was the style my Japanese bikes emulated with Suntour, Sugino, etc. when I was a teenage bicycle enthusiast.

Last edited by mcpastor; 03-16-19 at 10:21 PM.
mcpastor is offline  
Old 03-17-19, 12:43 AM
  #14  
Chombi1 
Senior Member
 
Chombi1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 2,686
Mentioned: 87 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 934 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Agree about the rear wheel a bit too far forward for comfort.....
I usually use the raised face of the droupout as a guide on how far I can have my rear whee forward on the frame.
I always make sure that the skewer nut is concentric to the forward edge curves of the raised portion of the DO, so I know that I still have as much contact between the skewer nut, axle lock nut and the dropout inner and outer raised faces as possible....
__________________
72 Line Seeker
83 Davidson Signature
84 Peugeot PSV
84 Peugeot PY10FC
84 Gitane Tour de France.
85 Vitus Plus Carbone 7
86 ALAN Record Carbonio
86 Medici Aerodynamic (Project)
88 Pinarello Montello
89 Bottecchia Professional Chorus SL
95 Trek 5500 OCLV (Project)
Chombi1 is offline  
Old 03-17-19, 07:40 AM
  #15  
2cam16
Senior Member
 
2cam16's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: San Mateo,Ca.
Posts: 2,372

Bikes: TOO MANY

Mentioned: 35 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 532 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Beautiful bike!
2cam16 is offline  
Old 03-17-19, 08:15 AM
  #16  
3speedslow
Senior Member
 
3speedslow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Jacksonville, NC
Posts: 7,026

Bikes: A few

Mentioned: 88 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1147 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Is this a team bike or a manufacturer’s version of it? It’s a beaut either way.

i see many happy miles for you two this summer.
3speedslow is offline  
Old 03-17-19, 08:21 AM
  #17  
Dean51 
Senior Member
 
Dean51's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Olympic Peninsula, WA
Posts: 376

Bikes: '82 YKonno Allez, ~'80 Ron Cooper, '87 Ciocc Designer 84, '77 Schwinn Volare, '86 Tommasini Racing, Ciocc Mockba 80, '98 S-Works Hardtail Mtn., Nishiki Int'l Singlespeed

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 132 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I like it.

Dean
__________________
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die
Dean51 is offline  
Old 03-17-19, 08:33 AM
  #18  
Spaghetti Legs 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Central Virginia
Posts: 3,091

Bikes: Numerous

Mentioned: 54 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 743 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Gorgeous bike and well done!

If you’re a pro racing fan, it’s kind of fun to trace the genealogy of pro teams. The Stuttgart ——> HTC is a little unusual in that the big teams don’t often completely fold like that. I’d swear HTC morphed to another team but can’t remember and couldn’t find it on a search. A good example of a team lineage is the current AG2R team can be traced back to Team Peugeot.
__________________
N = '96 Colnago C40, '04 Wilier Alpe D'Huez, '10 Colnago EPS, '85 Merckx Pro, '89 Merckx Century, '85 Moser, '86 Tommasini Professional, '04 Teschner Aero FX Pro, '05 Alan Carbon Cross, '86 De Rosa Professional, '82 Colnago Super, '95 Gios Compact Pro, '95 Carrera Zeus, '84 Basso Gap, ‘89 Cinelli Supercorsa
Spaghetti Legs is offline  
Old 03-17-19, 11:20 AM
  #19  
mcpastor
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Kansas City area
Posts: 43
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Is this a team bike or a manufacturer’s version of it? It’s a beaut either way.

i see many happy miles for you two this summer.
Thanks!

Eddy Merckx made team colors available for purchase, so I don't know whether this was team issue. This particular bike was shipped from Bucharest, Romania, about 1,750km SE of Stuttgart (which is roughly 500km SE of Belgium).

Here is the '89 Merckx catalog page where the Team Stuttgart color option appears: Eddy Merckx catalog (1989)
mcpastor is offline  
Old 03-18-19, 02:08 AM
  #20  
Fivethumbs
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 210
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have an '89 Merckx Corsa Extra Team Stuttgart. Team bikes were outfitted with Suntour Superbe.. The team later became Telekom.
Fivethumbs is offline  
Old 03-18-19, 03:24 AM
  #21  
Barchettaman
Senior Member
 
Barchettaman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Posts: 1,359

Bikes: Focus trash find commuter, Eddy Merckx Corsa, BP Stealth TT bike, Leader 720 TT bike, Boardman Comp Hybrid drop bar conversion, Quantec CX budget cyclocross build, SerottaNOS frameset ready to build up!

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 45 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
What a beauty! Remarkable condition.

Mine is running a Shimano 9-speed drivetrain, thread here:

They are lovely things.
Barchettaman is offline  
Old 03-29-19, 08:06 PM
  #22  
mcpastor
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Kansas City area
Posts: 43
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Barchettaman View Post
What a beauty! Remarkable condition.

Mine is running a Shimano 9-speed drivetrain, thread here:

They are lovely things.
Very nice rig!
mcpastor is offline  
Old 04-11-19, 07:55 AM
  #23  
mcpastor
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Kansas City area
Posts: 43
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
New stem and brake cables rerouted

I bought a vintage Cinelli XA stem, 110mm, and rewrapped the handlebars reusing the same tape. Worked out well. It is Cube Race tape. Great stuff and hard to find in the US. They say microfiber but it’s very much like leather. I also rerouted the brake cables to, I think, the “right” way. At least they flow in easier lines. It’s been so long since I’ve had these I had to look at some pictures online.

mcpastor is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.