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Old 05-15-11, 05:21 AM
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confused about merckx corsa extra

Hi, i was looking for a corsa extra, and i found this one.
But the paint scheme is different then the one's from end of the 80's, early 90's.

what year is this one, are they reissues? Any difference with the early 90's frames?

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little bump, hope someone can help me out.
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great looking Merckx. I wonder why no one answered this earlier?
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great looking Merckx. I wonder why no one answered this earlier?
Very little Merckx interest in these forums ...
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Originally Posted by Picchio Special
Very little Merckx interest in these forums ...
too bad. I've seen some 7-11's and motorola's on this forum, so i was hoping there were some people here who could help me. There is not much information on these frames. I read somewhere they got rid of some old stock at the merckx factory in 2000, 2001.
I wonder if this bike is from this period.
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It looks like it is a newer frame with older components on it, how many speeds is it? I cannot tell if the fork is a Merckx fork though. I spoke to a seller with this same paint scheme a few years ago and he said it was a '93 but I have no way to know if it that year but I would guess that it is an early '90s frame. Merckx last produced a steel frame as part of their line up in 2004. There were special edition Corsa framesets made in 2006 but they were very limited, only 100 were produced.
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too bad. I've seen some 7-11's and motorola's on this forum, so i was hoping there were some people here who could help me. There is not much information on these frames. I read somewhere they got rid of some old stock at the merckx factory in 2000, 2001.
I wonder if this bike is from this period.
I was joking. Someone here probably knows the answer to your question - they just haven't seen your post yet.
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Nice!

Couple of general questions.

Do you have pics of the fork crown area?

Also the bottom bracket?

Also, pull the serial number off the bottom bracket and check here: https://www.cadre.org/Merckx/

A very handy guide for id'ing this brand.

Also, no home should go w/o: https://www.tearsforgears.com/


More pics please!
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thank u jet! the fork is a mystery for me too, and the seller doesn't want to send additional pics.
I think it's a 7 speed.

Found another one, think i'll pick this one up. too bad about the handlebars
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You are in the enviable position of having too many Merckx' to choose from, I would wait until the perfect bike comes along. I personally like Ergo/STI shifters and would wait for a Corsa Extra outfitted with something nice like Record or Chorus. You may have to pay for it but it will be worth it.
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Some good advice there. My dream is a 7-11, but those are hard to find. I think the red one is a 90's corsa extra, almost a 7-11
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Wow, that is nice. Where is it located?
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Originally Posted by Old Fat Guy
I know of a Corsa Extra 7-11, 57 cm, that is available. DA 7410- STI's.

Tasty!

Bet she rides great as well.
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I believe with that early Chorus RD it would be 7spd. is it close? I would go and look.

this is not right, I like my tall stems but this is ugly.

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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
I believe with that early Chorus RD it would be 7spd. is it close? I would go and look.

this is not right, I like my tall stems but this is ugly.


I'd have that swapped out so fast, along with the bars, it would make your head spin.
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Originally Posted by gomango
I'd have that swapped out so fast, along with the bars, it would make your head spin.
exactly! man i'm really torn up by this one. Neither is close, so i will have to chose one.
Same asking price for both..
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Originally Posted by Old Fat Guy
I know of a Corsa Extra 7-11, 57 cm, that is available. DA 7410- STI's.

Do you know how much the seller is asking?
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Walt_, you're in Belgium too? Saw it this morning, nice find. You will have to change the shifters as well and the other components do not seem original either. I have plenty of stems/handlebars/components and want to trade. Just let me know.
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yup i'm in belgium, antwerp.
Going to check the red one out this evening, have it reserved, and i'll be very interested in your parts if i buy it.
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Originally Posted by walt_
Hi, i was looking for a corsa extra, and i found this one.
But the paint scheme is different then the one's from end of the 80's, early 90's.

what year is this one, are they reissues? Any difference with the early 90's frames?

Frame is definately a corsa extra but the fork looks like a replacement (and in my opinion, it brings down the value). I'm not sure what you mean by a reissue. The only bikes that I know of that were reissued were the Molteni and 7-11 bikes. Paint on this one is similar to my Strada which is supposed to be a 96.
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Edit. They Also reissued the motorola bike
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a quick update: went to check out the red one last night. Big dissapointment because someone had done a terrible respray, paint drips everywhere. Worst part was it looked like the painter removed the paint from the inside of the logo's on the fork and triangle with a knife, probably drunk. I still think the frame was a bargain, and looked like a professional (had that number holder), but i don't have the time and expertise to clean it up the way a frame like this deserves.
The other frame doesn't have the original fork... but ofcourse asking price is about 15% of 2k ..
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Walt_, that's indeed a big disappointment, it looks so good on the picture! Proves again you have to go check it out...
Having it sandblasted, maybe fix problems on the bare frame,base layer, paint, apply correct decals, clear coat, ... will set you back about €200 if you want to have it done professionally.
About the re-issues: you could supposedly request a paint-scheme that was no longer in the catalog when ordering a Merckx frame. The missing fork does bring the price down, might be a bargain...
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found another one, for the most part original, and it's pink!
it's a professional or a corsa extra (what's the difference between these 2?), slx tubing, from 85.
Took it for a ride yesterday. It's certainly not light, but very smooth ride, and fast.
Those look pedals won't come off, whatever i tried..

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Congrats, very nice find! The professional is a Corsa Extra + number hanger I think. I like those shifters a lot, quite different from the other Campagnolo stuff. Put some WD-40 on those pedals, wait a few hours (and make sure to remember that the left pedal has left-handed threading!)
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