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Damaged Merckx-Opinions on what to do

Old 02-10-10, 01:26 AM
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Damaged Merckx-Opinions on what to do

I recently picked up a 1985 Merckx Professional, mostly full dura ace for short money. The frame presented with signs of a crash-slight bulge in downtube behind head tube lug, crazed paint on top tube behind head lug, downtube behing shift bosses,etc. I bought the bike for the components, yet want to know opionions/options on what to do about the frame. Can top/down tubes (SLX) be replaced by competent framebuilders at a decent price, and any recomendations for frame builders (I'm in NY) What do you figure a job like this would cost; is it practical or warranted to do on an slx frame, or is damage such as this beyond reapir?
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Old 02-10-10, 01:55 AM
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depends on what you want the result to look like. A full restoration is going to cost at least $1k. A workable frame might be $300-700. I know someone that has Bilenky do their repairs.
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Old 02-10-10, 08:17 AM
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Tube repalcement and paint will exceed the value of the frameset. My recomendation is to have
a frame shop/LBS straighten what you have and ride it.
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Our local frame guru charges $125 to replace a tube. A single color paint job with clear coat runs $200 and up.
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Thanks for the replys. I'll post pics in an hour. With a bulge in the downtube, as well as stress points (shown through paint)in top tube, would a frame builder replace both top and down tubes? Is an 85 merckx professional worth repairing? I don't know. MiamiJim, even if a local builder straightens out the frame, is it safe off has the metal fatigued. Any other thoughts, or bulders in the tri state area that could assess/repair this frame?
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Originally Posted by sillverchevy
Is an 85 merckx professional worth repairing? I don't know.
Ron - "worth" is subjective, only you can answer that. I can tell you that a few years back I paid $850 for my complete 85 Professional with full pantographed SR group, and wouldn't sell it for less than $1800. I seem to see a lot of Corsa and Corsa Extra's, but Professionals don't seem to pop up that often.
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Originally Posted by sillverchevy
MiamiJim, even if a local builder straightens out the frame, is it safe off has the metal fatigued.
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Its all relative to the extent of the damage. Minor damage is safe, extensive damage.....maybe not. Keep in mind that specific tool for straightening this type of damage exist. That should tell you something right there.

Before getting it fixed are you sure it didnt flex back to its original head tube angle? I had a frame with similar damage that measured within a reasonable head tube angle.
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