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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:56 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Ok, ok, I cave!

After looking at (and lusting over) a wide variety of Merckx bikes, it's time to put a tax refund to good use and explore what makes so many people such big fans! If you have, or know of, a Merckx Corsa Extra or MX Leader in one of the many team colors available, please give me a heads up? I'm 6'4", so am looking for a larger frame... :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:22 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Netherlands
how about a Merckx /Kessels
here are the pics:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/41284201@N ... 228382257/

275 Euros posted
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:38 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Nice lookin' Kessels! But I already have several Reynolds frames and since we're talking 'dream bike' I'm gonna stick to my guns on something late 80's/early 90's :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:02 am 
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unless you've got legs like nic-nac or jimmy crankie, i think that you'll need something a little bigger than 60-61cm! i'm 6' 1" and ride a 61cm merckx..

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..and i love it!!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:25 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Hmmmmm... That thing looks lovely, and just about right! Still the summit as far as color schemes go, that is.

You probably have a point regarding sizing, although I've found that I'm actually a bit more comfy on a 61/62 center-to-top frames than something larger. Lack of flexibility/stiff back mean its always gonna be a bit of a compromise between height & reach... My legs imply a longer seat tube, my torso a shorter top tube. Slightly longer crank length will have to make up the difference :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 4:50 pm 
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yup, you and me both - 177.5mm cranks on the eddy merckx and it's the best ride you'll get on a bike!! modern carbon freaks might query that statement but whatever makes you go fast is all that matters!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 4:58 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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speak of the devil, BTW... a 7-eleven Corsa Extra in 61ctc just popped up on ebay, for $1100+! Is that seriously the going rate these days? May need to lobby for a larger refund in that case.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:05 pm 
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have you got the link for it - can't find it anywhere on ebay!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:18 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Eddy-Merckx-Cor ... 1134044349?

There you are!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:42 pm 
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it's certainly a cracker but at £700-odd????!!

bloomin' greedy yanks at it again!!

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even at that, you could find one in less fabulous condition in the uk or europe, get a top refurb job and STILL have a couple of hundred quid in your pocket over the yank's price!!

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