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Old 12-06-13, 05:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Vonruden
Nice Panasonic Rise!

Here is a nice one I picked up a few weeks back.

Exceptional find.

Looks like it is in exceptional condition.

Man, you are a nice bike magnet.

What tires are you running?
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I think that Panasonic is newer than '86...might be more like a '90-91 based on the hidden top tube cable guides. But what a lovely Merckx! Really like the look of those Civia bars, I need to get a set of those for the 753 that's in the queue.

Vonruden, your ability to pick up gorgeous bikes makes me very jealous!
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Originally Posted by gomango
So do I.

Bob, isn't that the same year as yours?
Same color scheme (Panasonic), but mine's a bit earlier ('85). That looks later, with the cable routing and extra chrome on the rear, as well as the fork.... My Merckx is still my favorite bike, hands down...
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Originally Posted by Vonruden
Nice Panasonic Rise!

Here is a nice one I picked up a few weeks back.

Well done!
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Here's my MX Leader; I bought the frame and fork new in 92, and built it up with Campy Record 8 speed. Still shifts and rides beautifully.
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Very, very nice Bconn!


Originally Posted by bconneraz
Here's my MX Leader; I bought the frame and fork new in 92, and built it up with Campy Record 8 speed. Still shifts and rides beautifully.
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Originally Posted by gomango
Exceptional find.

Looks like it is in exceptional condition.

Man, you are a nice bike magnet.

What tires are you running?
Thanks G

Tires are Specialized Turbo's. I purchased this one from the original owner who was in the bike industry and really cared for this one. Last week I went back and purchased the Ritchey mtb from him that I was lusting over. Unfortunately they were not cheap, but still got a great deal. Only drawback is I needed to list the beloved orange Colnago on fleabay to pay for both. I may need to swap out the saddle for the nice white Rolls I picked up from Rccardr. The seatpost and stem are Dura-Ace, in the future I may see if i can trade for a Campy post and shorter Cinelli stem. A couple more pics -







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Originally Posted by bconneraz
Here's my MX Leader; I bought the frame and fork new in 92, and built it up with Campy Record 8 speed. Still shifts and rides beautifully.
stunning!
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Originally Posted by bconneraz
Here's my MX Leader; I bought the frame and fork new in 92, and built it up with Campy Record 8 speed. Still shifts and rides beautifully.
I would sell a bike to own this...it's so hard to find the MXLs.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
I would sell a bike to own this...it's so hard to find the MXLs.
Really? I seem to see them on fleabay fairly often.

On a side note, this thread (among others) makes me appreciate the range of beautiful bikes that were around in the 80's and 90's. So many of the carbon bikes today look fairly generic, with the too common black / white / red color scheme. I may be somewhat hypocritical with that comment, since two of my three road bikes are plain ti frames, which tend to all look the same as well!
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Let me rephrase - in my size, at a non-insane price, in a color I like.
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Originally Posted by konaaron snake
let me rephrase - in my size, at a non-insane price, in a color i like.

lol!!!
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
Let me rephrase - in my size, at a non-insane price, in a color I like.
I feel the same in my quest for the perfect Masi. They're a dime a dozen; some can't seem to be given away. All I want is an original red 78 CA Gran Criterium in a 52 or 54. Nada.
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80 merckx pro and 79 derosa

I'm sure I've posted these already but its been a while..I have the good fortune to own and ride both a merckx and a derosa from the same year give or take ...both are built up in a combination of campy super record and first generation c-record, record chorus and athena components...I wasn't patient enough to go period correct and once built up I rarely change a winning combination...the merckx came from belgium via e-bay and the derosa frame from a california i-bob lister,the paint on both is original but the derosa has a lot of daubing with sign painters enamel and the merckx has some chrome loss on the inner chain stays and some pepperring on the fork but nothing really to detract from the overall looks of these two classics....both 59 c-c on the seat tube ,57,5 tt on the derosa and 58 tt on the merckx...the merckx has pretty beefy ovalized chainstays and a flat fork crown while the derosa has the famous diamante stays and a semi- sloping fork crown...its a toss up on the ride but both smoothly sublime..the derosa has the remains of a colombus sl decal and I would guess the merckx is the same tho no sticker.....enjoy the pics....
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Originally Posted by HigherGround
Really? I seem to see them on fleabay fairly often.

On a side note, this thread (among others) makes me appreciate the range of beautiful bikes that were around in the 80's and 90's. So many of the carbon bikes today look fairly generic, with the too common black / white / red color scheme. I may be somewhat hypocritical with that comment, since two of my three road bikes are plain ti frames, which tend to all look the same as well!
I hear what you're saying. But, we have to remember that those bikes from the 80's and 90's were all made from a reasonably small selection of round tubes (with a very few exceptions). They had to do something to set themselves apart other than offer a crit. and a road geometry. The solution was "paint" and finish.

While I have a great appreciation for the qualities of a good C&V and my Merckx will forever be the bike that changed they way I measured what constitued a "good ride", I am even more appreciative of what today's fibre reiforced plastic allows with regard to the engineering of the simple bicycle frame. The degree to which ride qualities can be control and affected is without parallel.

But, I guess I would say that. My Merckx is of the metallic charcoal variety:-)
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Originally Posted by kvnmuadib
I'm sure I've posted these already but its been a while..I have the good fortune to own and ride both a merckx and a derosa from the same year give or take ...both are built up in a combination of campy super record and first generation c-record, record chorus and athena components...I wasn't patient enough to go period correct and once built up I rarely change a winning combination...the merckx came from belgium via e-bay and the derosa frame from a california i-bob lister,the paint on both is original but the derosa has a lot of daubing with sign painters enamel and the merckx has some chrome loss on the inner chain stays and some pepperring on the fork but nothing really to detract from the overall looks of these two classics....both 59 c-c on the seat tube ,57,5 tt on the derosa and 58 tt on the merckx...the merckx has pretty beefy ovalized chainstays and a flat fork crown while the derosa has the famous diamante stays and a semi- sloping fork crown...its a toss up on the ride but both smoothly sublime..the derosa has the remains of a colombus sl decal and I would guess the merckx is the same tho no sticker.....enjoy the pics....
Your fit looks oddly different from bike to bike. Is there a reason for this?
The bikes are awesome! I'd love to own a DeRosa, some day. Let me know if you ever decide to sell either!
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Originally Posted by kvnmuadib
I'm sure I've posted these already but its been a while..I have the good fortune to own and ride both a merckx and a derosa from the same year give or take ...both are built up in a combination of campy super record and first generation c-record, record chorus and athena components...I wasn't patient enough to go period correct and once built up I rarely change a winning combination...the merckx came from belgium via e-bay and the derosa frame from a california i-bob lister,the paint on both is original but the derosa has a lot of daubing with sign painters enamel and the merckx has some chrome loss on the inner chain stays and some pepperring on the fork but nothing really to detract from the overall looks of these two classics....both 59 c-c on the seat tube ,57,5 tt on the derosa and 58 tt on the merckx...the merckx has pretty beefy ovalized chainstays and a flat fork crown while the derosa has the famous diamante stays and a semi- sloping fork crown...its a toss up on the ride but both smoothly sublime..the derosa has the remains of a colombus sl decal and I would guess the merckx is the same tho no sticker.....enjoy the pics....
Both are beauties!
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hi everbody,
here my merckx´...



merckx corsa - brain - record/chorus
merckx corsa extra time trial - TSX - DA 74xx
merckx corsa extra - MAX - DA 74xx

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Originally Posted by Motta
hi everbody,
here my merckx´...



merckx corsa - brain - record/chorus
merckx corsa extra time trial - TSX - DA 74xx
merckx corsa extra - MAX - DA 74xx

cheers
All are very nice, but that MAX framed CE is outta this world.

Thanks for sharing.
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It is also begging for chorus 10
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird
It is also begging for chorus 10
Yes, Chorus 10 is my default line as well.

I still have a sweet tooth for DA 7400 though.
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Originally Posted by gomango
Yes, Chorus 10 is my default line as well.

I still have a sweet tooth for DA 7400 though.
The TT bike is a perfect home for 7400. Looks perfect.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
Let me rephrase - in my size, at a non-insane price, in a color I like.


Originally Posted by bigfred
I hear what you're saying. But, we have to remember that those bikes from the 80's and 90's were all made from a reasonably small selection of round tubes (with a very few exceptions). They had to do something to set themselves apart other than offer a crit. and a road geometry. The solution was "paint" and finish.

While I have a great appreciation for the qualities of a good C&V and my Merckx will forever be the bike that changed they way I measured what constitued a "good ride", I am even more appreciative of what today's fibre reiforced plastic allows with regard to the engineering of the simple bicycle frame. The degree to which ride qualities can be control and affected is without parallel.

But, I guess I would say that. My Merckx is of the metallic charcoal variety:-)
Your comments about appearance are spot on. That was very evident in the Gita catalogs of that era, where you could often find SL, SLX, and TSX frames from Merckx, DeRosa, and Pinarello. Each type of frame was usually at about the same price point, and the geometries were often similar but not exactly the same. DeRosa had their Diamante chainstays, or the webbed bottom bracket shell on the EL-OS model, but otherwise the bikes were pretty similar.
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Motta- Any way you could post a close up of the seat cluster on that CE?
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Some nice rides in here. Looking good everyone!
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