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Old 12-17-07, 11:30 AM
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Decisions, Decisions

I'm in the market for a new classic-ish bike. I wanted advice on a couple of the contenders.

The first is a merckx corsa extra with the following seller description -

It is from the mid to late 80’s (not sure of the exact date) and has had low mileage. Handmade in Belgium. It is sized 55 cm but measures more to a 56 cm. It is used but in excellent condition; a few chips in the paint and minor scratches but it works great mechanically. Very smooth and steady ride. It has Columbus SLX tubing, Dura Ace components, Mavic wheels and hubs, Cinelli bar, Campy seat post, Terry saddle. Also has Shimano pedals and a bike computer. Royal blue paint with pearl white accents and chrome dropouts. Has been used as a weekend bike for recreational purposes. No races, no crashes, no rugged rides. It is a very classic, “bulletproof” bike and I have never had any problems with it. I have owned it for sixteen years but would sell it for $800 if you are interested. Location is Marin. Thanks.


The second is a bottechia of roughly the same vintage - 1987 with the following description for $500

Columbus SL tubing and Columbus SL fork. Rare aero cable routing for rear brake.

57 cm, center to top. Two tone paint, yellow and white, chrome drive side chain stay.

Campy Super Record brake calipers.

Campy Super Record crankset (53-42, 170 mm).

Campy Super Record seatpost.

Campy Record headset.

Modolo carbon fiber aero brake levers.

Shimano Dura Ace Front Derailleur.

Shimano Dura Ace Rear Derailleur.

Mavic downtube shifters.

Mavic GP4 Tubulars (36 hole, 3x, 14-15-14 double butted spokes).

Campy Record low flange hubs.

Cinelli 1R stem (130 mm).

Cinelli 66-42 bars.

Selle Italia Turbo saddle (rare 2 tone stripes, yellow and black).

Regina 7-speed freewheel (13-21).

Look PP76 pedals. These were new at the same time as the frame.


There are a few paint chips; around the lock ring (non-drive) side of the bottom bracket from machining for squareness, on the right side seat tube, and one on the top tube.

Any one have any thoughts when comparing these two guys?

thanks in advance,
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Old 12-17-07, 02:18 PM
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anyone?
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Old 12-17-07, 02:22 PM
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Well, a Merckx of that vintage with Dura Ace is one of the bikes I'm lusting after, although I'd prefer a 7-11 paint .

The Bottechia seems like a good deal, if it fits I'd probably get that one.
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what about the ability to upgrade each bike - do ya'll think the merckx would be easier to upgrade with more modern components if need be? Increase the spacing to add a larger freewheel/cassette?
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They're probably the same spacing (126 mm, the modern is 130). All you have to do for that is spread the dropouts.
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Old 12-18-07, 10:59 AM
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no need for advice - i bought the pinarello treviso discussed in a previous thread seeking a reserve price.

anyone know of a web resource for info on vintage pinarello's? classic rendezvous doesn't seem to have one.

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