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Old 08-21-13, 01:15 PM
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This bike is growing on me. Let's see if I can justify it. Hmmm, steel + cyclocross + modern. Don't have one in that category. And my Surly CC doesn't count because it's set up SS.

How close is the color in real life?

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Brighter in person.

They look great and so does the Macho Man disc.

I am really surprised at how well these ride.

They are a hoot!
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Originally Posted by RFC View Post
This bike is growing on me. Let's see if I can justify it. Hmmm, steel + cyclocross + modern. Don't have one in that category. And my Surly CC doesn't count because it's set up SS.

How close is the color in real life?

Thanks
Brighter and more lemony. A little greenish, when against regular yellow.

Somewhere between neon and pastel. Very hard to photograph.

I highly recommend it. Are you thinking complete or frame-up build? If I hadn't paid wholesale I think I would have gone with the frame. For $1600 total, there's a lot one can do with a build.
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Originally Posted by whatwolf View Post
Brighter and more lemony. A little greenish, when against regular yellow.

Somewhere between neon and pastel. Very hard to photograph.

I highly recommend it. Are you thinking complete or frame-up build? If I hadn't paid wholesale I think I would have gone with the frame. For $1600 total, there's a lot one can do with a build.
Yes, that's a better description than mine.

A savvy parts acquirer could theoretically beat the stock build, but the stock build is very good.

Fun to ride right away.

I think a big part of the ride are the Kenda Small Block 8s.

I just ordered a pair for my new Merckx....

Treated myself after selling two bikes and a load of parts last week.
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Old 08-21-13, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by gomango View Post
Yes, that's a better description than mine.

A savvy parts acquirer could theoretically beat the stock build, but the stock build is very good.

Fun to ride right away.

I think a big part of the ride are the Kenda Small Block 8s.

I just ordered a pair for my new Merckx....

Treated myself after selling two bikes and a load of parts last week.
What Merckx frame do you have that can fit the Kendas??
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Old 08-21-13, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by whatwolf View Post
What Merckx frame do you have that can fit the Kendas??
A Merckx cyclocross frameset called an Alu Cross!

Looks like it should handle up to 700x40s no problemo.

Just picked it up today after waiting/watching for one for a very long time.

Easton aluminum and it is very, very stiff.

A touch on the heavy side, but the bicycle comes to me ready to race other than pedals, saddle and water bottle cage.

I'll post a pic later if I can get one outside. It's finally raining here....

Bring on the mud.

edit:

Gita's foto until I can take a pic.

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Old 08-21-13, 08:44 PM
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I think the alu cross needs its own thread.
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Old 08-21-13, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird View Post
I think the alu cross needs its own thread.
I was just doing a parts inventory from the Campy shelf.

Centaur gruppo is present and accounted for, but big decisions need to be made about the correct canti choice.

Leaning toward these atm: https://www.wiggle.com/campagnolo-can...-cross-brakes/

But we could do black to suit the theme.

A fresh Fulcrum 5 cx wheelset is sitting in the box.

Stems, seatposts and bars are no issue.

We can trade for or buy what suits us.

Heck, I even have a nice set of Grifos here!

Should be fun.

Leaning towards new Campy cables, but maybe Jagwire will work yet again.

We'll see.

In the meantime, I will ride it with the SRAM on the bike.

Worked great on my test ride after the rain tonight.

Yes, a thread would be fun I think.
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Old 08-21-13, 09:23 PM
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I was thinking:
black Campagnolo cantilevers
white fizik tape
white saddle
Deda newton bar/stem (it just feels period for the frame)
campagnolo cable that came with group
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Old 08-21-13, 09:37 PM
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I was thinking.

I'm jealous.

So I chose to write like Grady.

Maybe it will bring me luck.

Maybe I'll find the Merckx cross bike of my dreams.

Either way a thread of said bike would be good.

Once again, I'm jealous.

Good night.
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird View Post
I was thinking:
black Campagnolo cantilevers
white fizik tape
white saddle
Deda newton bar/stem (it just feels period for the frame)
campagnolo cable that came with group
Nice start!

Let me ride this for the fall season and we'll go from there.
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
I was thinking.

I'm jealous.

So I chose to write like Grady.

Maybe it will bring me luck.

Maybe I'll find the Merckx cross bike of my dreams.

Either way a thread of said bike would be good.

Once again, I'm jealous.

Good night.


These threads can be a hoot.

The last one took a while to finish, but that wasn't on Casey.

I dilly dallied, but in the end Tommasini turned out beautifully.

I'll get some decent pics of the Merckx tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by gomango View Post


These threads can be a hoot.

The last one took a while to finish, but that wasn't on Casey.

I dilly dallied, but in the end Tommasini turned out beautifully.

I'll get some decent pics of the Merckx tomorrow.
Can't wait to see it. Gotta love buying a bike ready to ride. Especially cross, where you don't want to care too much
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Old 08-22-13, 07:02 AM
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Here's a real beauty of a Merckx cross bike I found on a google search. SO wish it was mine!!,,,,BD

I have been contemplating a vintage cyclo-custom build. I need to find a local frame builder who can install some canti bosses for me! I am amassing some parts though, in anticipation of the project.

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ZfO4Ecgunh...0/P1020235.jpg
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Old 08-22-13, 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
Here's a real beauty of a Merckx cross bike I found on a google search. SO wish it was mine!!,,,,BD

I have been contemplating a vintage cyclo-custom build. I need to find a local frame builder who can install some canti bosses for me! I am amassing some parts though, in anticipation of the project.

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ZfO4Ecgunh...0/P1020235.jpg
Gorgeous.

Who wouldn't love to have that beauty.

I would be inclined not to ride it though.

Too pretty, too perfect to coat with muck, sand, gravel.

Not to mention my inclination to crash........
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Originally Posted by whatwolf View Post
Can't wait to see it. Gotta love buying a bike ready to ride. Especially cross, where you don't want to care too much
Agreed.

I paid a little less for my new Merckx than a new Nature Boy frameset, so I put that dream on hold for a bit.
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I know, right? I wouldn't even want to get black marks on the rims of that Merckx from the brake shoes!,,,,BD
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Old 08-22-13, 02:22 PM
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I'm ready to see that Merckx now.
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Here is mine. 05 Poprad powdercoated for the season. This was taken after a nice 45 mile gravel ride.

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Originally Posted by Zieleman View Post
I'm ready to see that Merckx now.
Sure.

More when we get back from the ride!

Merckx Alu Cross

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Yeehah! That is very goodlooking. Only thing that doesn't fit this bike is the nice weather you got there

Is the left brifter functioning well, now there's no tension from a shifter cable? And is the fork a steel one?
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Old 08-22-13, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Cynikal View Post
Here is mine. 05 Poprad powdercoated for the season. This was taken after a nice 45 mile gravel ride.

That's hot! Great aesthetics, and bet it rides real nice too.
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Old 08-22-13, 04:14 PM
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Orrery...That Poprad looks the business.

Grady...I think that Merckx needs a beefier fork. Edge or Alpha CX...or...if you want cheaper, check out the Kinesis CF Pure CX that I stuck on the Meech.

-Mark in St. Louis
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Originally Posted by buldogge View Post
Orrery...That Poprad looks the business.

Grady...I think that Merckx needs a beefier fork. Edge or Alpha CX...or...if you want cheaper, check out the Kinesis CF Pure CX that I stuck on the Meech.

-Mark in St. Louis
Agreed. Needs an Easton EC90 CX.

And, like most bikes, white bar tape and gumwalls.
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I vote wound up or OEM.


i also think the alu cross was avalible in 1 or 1 1/8in steerer. This looks like it may be 1in.
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Originally Posted by buldogge View Post
Orrery...That Poprad looks the business.

Grady...I think that Merckx needs a beefier fork. Edge or Alpha CX...or...if you want cheaper, check out the Kinesis CF Pure CX that I stuck on the Meech.

-Mark in St. Louis
No shutter on the fork yet!

Fork is an Easton I think judging by the huge welds.

......and by the decal.

But, I am not against a nicer fork.

We rode down along the river today in mud, sand, tree stumps and flood debris.

Two items that are out the door are the brake pads and tires.

700x30s are not aggressive enough.....

I think I can get 700x35s in there easy peasy, but I like more meat than that.

We will see on the fork everyone, but I am also building a Ritchey Swiss Cross.

I just don't have the $$$ to fight a two front war till winter.

The function of the single ring is spot on though and brings out the inner masher.

Everything functions great for a used cyclocross bike and I can't believe how clean the frame is.

Build details when we get home.

We are doing a 75 mile loop at the river today.
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