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 Post subject: My Merckx Corsa Extra
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:52 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:30 am
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Location: Cottingham
Having owned a Motorola Corsa Extra in the 90s and using it for road racing and timetrialling, I subsequently sold it when I moved abroad in 2001.
Upon returning to the UK in 2003, I moved on to various plastic bikes, but often dreamed of once again getting another Merckx.
This one came up on Ebay in 2010, and I just had to have it.


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The groupset is all Dura Ace except the no-name seatpin and the Stronglight Delta headset.
Rims are Mach2 CD2 tubular.
The bars are 3ttt prima 1999s on a panto'd record stem. Tubing is New SLX.

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Although this rides very nicely, the headtube is quite short for a 61cm frame, and the position is not quite right somehow. My other Merckx is not in quite the same condition, and although the seat tube is the same length, the head tube is longer and it rides a hell of a lot better. Probably because its Motorola c0loured....
I will detail that one in another thread.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:58 pm 
Retro Guru

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Location: Brighton. UK.
Lovely colour. The decals are cool too 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:08 pm 
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Joined: Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:12 am
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Location: Gold Coast Australia
Wow , I have nearly the same bike except Open 4CDs deda bars/stem and yellow Flite saddle !


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:05 pm 
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Very nice :D

I just bought an MXL in the same GAN colourway. Also have Corsa Extras in Motorola and Telekom colours, and a Molteni MXL and Corsa Max amongst others...

Andy


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:25 pm 
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Really nice :D

Used to have a Corsa Extra in red.Lovely bike and really regret selling it :cry: :cry:


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:25 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:30 am
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Location: Cottingham
latman wrote:
Wow , I have nearly the same bike except Open 4CDs deda bars/stem and yellow Flite saddle !

Looks pretty much identical, but with a longer head tube. I went out on mine the other night, all kitted out in my Gan clothing, and was a bit shocked at just how rigid and responsive the bike is. Despite being 8lb heavier than my Scott CR1, my Strava segment times were near enough the same as on the Scott.
makes you think.......


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:32 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

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Location: Cottingham
Here's the Motorola one. The pic was taken mid-winter, and the bike was built up with a mixture of 9 speed Dura-Ace and a Campag 10 speed record chainset. the carbon forks were fitted because I didn't have a threaded headset spare. The correct forks are now back in situ. Notice the Ay-Up lights etc. It rides like dream and is getting the 8 speed Dura-Ace kit from my Chas Roberts, which will be sold shortly.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:46 am 
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Location: Gold Coast Australia
I notice the "corsa extra" writing had been sprayed the opposite way on our two frames !


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:24 pm 
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Location: London
2nd that on the colour, nearly had a frame sprayed like that myself. Very nice bike


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