Had this project for a fair while, originally purchased from Ed back in mid 2006. First build was mostly Mavic but with the inclusion of Campag Ergos and Deltas. The ergos never worked properly with the mavic mechs and it bugged me slightly mixing gruppos on a road bike. Finally got round to sourcing the correct (or almost correct) parts. Ditched the deltas (an excuse for another project) in favour of period correct late mavic (modolo made) ssc callipers. The ergos made way for modolo aero brake levers and simplex retrofriction dt shifters. The brake levers are modolo branded but identical to the mavic levers which are ‘correct’ for this gruppo – maybe one day I’ll source the matched mavic at a sensible price. The simplex levers were often used with this gruppo, believe mavic branded retrofrictions are available but again not managed to source any.
Going off frame number I believe the bike dates from 1993. The mavic equipment is from a similar era and I’m reasonably sure it’s all ‘matched’, be interested to have some feedback on this.
The only real anomalies on this build are the tyres and seatpost. The tyres are new and ride quite well, although not retro in the sense of being vintage they look the part. Originally had a campag aero post for this, sadly the frames previous owner was probably a big chap and possibly ran the frame with a lot of post – guess the top of the seatube has been ‘tweaked’ slightly because the aero post would slip whilst riding (either that or I’m to heavy myself ;-) ). Substituted another longer road post. Wrong for the built but looks ok-ish and more importantly allows me to actually ride the bike! Need to find something more fitting for the build, mavic would be nice but they are quite rare and the black would look somewhat wrong, open to suggestion on that.
Now the bike is setup and ready for the summer looking forward to getting some miles in on the merckx finally. Been riding this in favour of my modern litespeed so far this year, initial ride report is favourable!
Frame Merckx Corsa Extra 1993
Stem Cinelli XA
Bars Cinelli Eubois
Grips Cinelli Cork
Shifters Simplex Retrofriction
Rear Mech Mavic
Front Mech Mavic
Block Sachs 12-23
Front Wheel Mavic 501 / Mavic CXP-33
Rear Wheel Mavic 501 / Mavic CXP-33
Tyres Veloflex Pave
Bottom Bracket Campag
Extras Mavic Computer
PS, will dig out the mavic nos another day