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Old 04-25-11, 06:54 AM   #1
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Eddy Merckx Strada frameset - in 7-11 colors

Threw a bid out on this frameset, never thinking I'd win it....surprise, surprise...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...SA%3AUS%3A1123

A couple of questions for the Eddy experts...I'm assuming Strada is a lower-level frameset, based on the Columbus Cromor tubing...is there major differences between this and SL? Any other big differences between Strada and Corsa/Corsa Extra?
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Old 04-25-11, 11:32 AM   #2
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I asked the same thing over at Roadbikereview, here is the link to that thread, there is quite a bit of information in it:

http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...d.php?t=244920

At this time in it's history, the Merckx factory did not make anything low end but yes, the Strada would have been the cheapest frame set produced. It still would have cost quite a bit when new. My understanding is that guys would ride the Strada all day long and then race on lighter bikes.

I assume you've already seen this auction, keep us updated on the build, it should be quite something!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Eddy-Merckx-Team...item1e6320c500
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Tasty. They only thing low end about that is your winning bid. that's a great bit of eBizniz.
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Old 04-25-11, 02:04 PM   #4
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People obsess over crap. That is a beautiful frame - worry about something important. Those folks yap about **** that is meaningless on a poor set of wheels or cheap tires. Ride?? what the hell is ride with no standard of comparison. MY standard is a 84 Grandis Super Record equipped on Nisi's and silks. That I don't even have anymore. What's yours and how do those things relate?

Ride that thing - you'll be happy. And if some meathead diss's it just tell them to GFH

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Tasty. They only thing low end about that is your winning bid. that's a great bit of eBizniz.
Seriously , that's quite the snag. Looks killer.
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Wow. You stole that thing. Now find some 7400 Dura Ace and ride the wheels off it.


















....and post pice of the build when you get it!
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Old 04-25-11, 08:59 PM   #7
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Thanks all...I've always read so many great things about Merckx bikes, and I've seen and admired the 7-11 team colors most of all, so I'm thrilled I found this frameset in my size (and price range...

This will be my first build...and while I'll probably be in way over my head, I was going to ask the experts here...if this was your frameset, what would you build it with? I'm probably going to have to acquire the pieces over time, as the bike fund ebbs and flows...the seller says it comes wth a Campy Chorus headset and BB...is acquiring this group a good way to proceed? I've heard fantastic things about DA 7400...

Any and all thoughts on how you would build this bike are most welcome...thanks!
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Some pics from the listing...not the best, but they're better than nothing...



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Build it with your favorite group - for me that would be Campy and with the 130 rear, make it silver 10 speed.
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Dura Ace 7400 8 speed group (non-STI) would be my first suggestion, followed by a Campy 9/10 speed group, maybe Chorus or Record if you can afford it.
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Dura Ace 7400 8 speed group (non-STI) would be my first suggestion, followed by a Campy 9/10 speed group, maybe Chorus or Record if you can afford it.
It already has a Chorus BB and headset, which makes me think that's what it had before...is there anyway to accurately date what year this frame is, based on the serial number?
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It already has a Chorus BB and headset, which makes me think that's what it had before...is there anyway to accurately date what year this frame is, based on the serial number?
I'm not sure about the serial dating, but I'm thinking this is late 80's/early 90's at the latest. They changed the "Eddy Merckx" on the downtube to the more bubbly font in the mid 90's.

If it's already got a Chorus BB and headset, I'd go Chorus then. I'm currently outfitting a De Rosa Primato with 9-speed Chorus and the group both looks and feels great. If you've got the cash, go on Ebay and look for a used bike with a decent group on it. Pick it up, take the group/whatever you need then flip everything else. I did that exact same thing and got the full chorus group, Campy/open pro wheelset, 3t bars/stem, Flite saddle, pedals, and a whole bunch of goodies for around $500 after I sold the frame.
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I'm not sure about the serial dating, but I'm thinking this is late 80's/early 90's at the latest. They changed the "Eddy Merckx" on the downtube to the more bubbly font in the mid 90's.

If it's already got a Chorus BB and headset, I'd go Chorus then. I'm currently outfitting a De Rosa Primato with 9-speed Chorus and the group both looks and feels great. If you've got the cash, go on Ebay and look for a used bike with a decent group on it. Pick it up, take the group/whatever you need then flip everything else. I did that exact same thing and got the full chorus group, Campy/open pro wheelset, 3t bars/stem, Flite saddle, pedals, and a whole bunch of goodies for around $500 after I sold the frame.
Great idea...thanks so much!
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