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Old 12-29-10, 01:23 PM
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Help me date my Eddy Merckx Frame

My first new thread!

I finally got this frame from out of state and I was hoping I could get a second opinion from you guys on here in helping me figure out just what I have.

I believe it is a Corsa 01 from the 80's, I was thinking 86/87 but the sticker with tenth anniversary has puzzled me,

Anyway, I was just hoping you guys would be better at this type of thing than me and any help you can provide would be appreciated

I tried using http://www.cadre.org/Merckx/ which is likely what you guys would refer to unless you are really good which is pretty likely.



sorry for the cell phone pics but I don't own an actual camera, and I promise to upload pics when it is done.
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Old 12-29-10, 05:43 PM
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No replies? Not even a +1?

If it will help get replies, I will take suggestions for what to equip it with.

This is the same bike that was in the lot donated to the Velocity Bike Coop in Alexandria VA. Thread about a month ago for it:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=velocity+coop

Being a Corsa 01 I was automatically going for Campy, but let me know your thoughts.
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Old 12-29-10, 05:49 PM
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Pictures of the entire frame would help, and i can't make out what the serial on the right side is.

Stickers can be added any time. I wouldn't rely on them. The Merckx factory can tell you exactly what you have if you send them the serial numbers.
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Old 12-29-10, 06:06 PM
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I'm no expert, so just throwing this out there: Deda Zero Uno wasn't an option in 86, right? Also the brake bridge in the first pic look different than most Merckx frames I've seen.
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first you have to buy it dinner...
oh, wrong dating. :[
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Originally Posted by Darth_Firebolt View Post
first you have to buy it dinner...
oh, wrong dating. :[
beat me to the punch!
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Old 12-29-10, 06:13 PM
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I don't know nothing about birthing no Merckxs, but the early one's I've oogled have the same cable housing guides on the TT.
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1990 was Eddys 10 year anniversary.

EDIT - I think that the sticker is bogus like others below have said. The brake bridge is earlier than a 1990 bike.

Let me say that you have a nice bike there whether it is a 1990 or earlier bike. Ride the heck out of it and enjoy.

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10th anniversary frames were model year 1990.
http://www.tearsforgears.com/2008/02...0-catalog.html

The graphics and serial number don't match your bike but the 10th anniversary sticker looks right. Interesting. Looks like the right side says A which would put it at 86/87 according to Jeremy, but the left side looks like an S which is undefined.

The Corsa 01 model name came about after they switched from Columbus to Dedaccai tubing - that was mid to late 90's and I think your bike is mid 80's... ie not a Corsa 01. And the anniversary sticker must be bogus.
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beat me to the punch!
careful, i spiked it.
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The S on the left side could indicate a Grand Prix model. But the one shot of the brake bridge would lead me to guess it's a Strada. All or some of decals may not be original. More pics would help identification, but all in all it looks to be a nice frame, congrats.
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my merckx had a sticker with the production date on the fork steering tube.
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Originally Posted by Darth_Firebolt View Post
first you have to buy it dinner...
oh, wrong dating. :[
I'm afraid that she is out of my league

So here is what I can gather.

The frame is definitely older than 1990, which is what I expected but did not know enough to pin down (i.e. brake bridge).

The model is not the Corsa 01 I had expected, I had been confused by the 7c on the serial which I interpreted as 57cm Corsa, and that the frame had a campy headset and BB, followed by visits to catalogues and bikepedia. But if the frame is indeed older than 1990 then it could not be a Corsa.
I think that I will contact the Merckx factory, if anyone has a contact there I would be interested in knowing and I would also be interested in success stories when trying this (Didn't KonAaron try this?).

Another conclusion is to ride the heck out of it.. My thoughts exactly!

Thanks very much you guys!

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The frame is definitely newer than 1990, which is what I expected but did not know enough to pin down (i.e. brake bridge).
Was Merckx still using full-length cable housing guides for the rear brake cable in the 90's? I would have guess that he'd have speced internal routing, or split cable stops.
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Don't think that is a 1990+ frame. I think Merck was no longer offering flat crown forks at that time. Looks like mid 80's, at the latest. No investment cast rear brake bridge on this bike, for one thing.
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crap... I meant older, sorry. just a typo.
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excavations, sorries: S7C A8911 = Corsa 1989, Columbus SL/SP; S does not mean 753 (Reynolds 753 had no code mark, whether sold as Pro 753, Corsa Extra 753 or Grand Prix), it is an EMC employee code.
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