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Old 03-01-2017, 01:15 PM
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Build ideas for Merckx MX Leader?

It will probably be awhile before this project gets moving but I thought I'd throw it out there for some opinions on how to eventually build this up.

The easiest thing to do would be to use stuff I already have: put an existing carbon Record 10 speed group on it with some existing decent wheels (Record hubs, Open Pro ceramic rims). I'd need to source bars/stem, post. Not sure how great the crankset would look on this frame but this would be a nice cost efficient option.

Or I could sell a couple things and put some $$$ towards a new Campy 11 speed group and use existing decent wheels (Hed Ardennes)

Or go period correct which would look great but would take some doing and well, I dunno, am I really going to track stuff down.

Thoughts?

And, yes, I know the paint is not 'correct' but I'll live with it somehow!
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Old 03-01-2017, 01:31 PM
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Beautiful frame!

My vote would be to build it up with parts on-hand, ride it for a while and if it's a true keeper go all out with square taper cranks and nice silver bits. I'd lean toward Campy but period-correct Dura Ace would work just fine.
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Old 03-01-2017, 02:13 PM
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Ride it with what you have - you don't need that extra gear. I'll always miss my Merckx a bit - you don't need to be a purist or the latest components to enjoy the ride.

Come back to it later if you have money to burn - and if you do switch things up go silver Athena
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Old 03-01-2017, 02:24 PM
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I'd buy that Centaur/Athena group on the classifieds.
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Old 03-01-2017, 03:01 PM
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I think the campy 10 would look great
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Old 03-01-2017, 03:05 PM
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I think the Record 10 will be sweet.



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Old 03-01-2017, 03:11 PM
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I would buy that full chorus 10spd group wheels and all.

Record 10 would be my number 2 choice.
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Old 03-01-2017, 03:31 PM
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Beautiful! I'd do Potenza... So affordable and easy to acquire
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Old 03-01-2017, 04:03 PM
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I'd buy that Centaur/Athena group on the classifieds.
Yes, that is what I was thinking . It would be perfect.
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Old 03-01-2017, 04:14 PM
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Potenza is, IMHO, ugly, especially the crankset and rear mech. If you want a modern touch go 11sp Athena!




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Old 03-01-2017, 04:50 PM
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Wow, that looks awesome!! Never ridden a Merckx in my life. This one makes me want to try one out!
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Old 03-01-2017, 05:35 PM
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never owned a single thing made by Campy, but that Athena group is classy looking. way better choice than some carbon anachronism...

the blue/white Merckx with it is very, very nice...
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Old 03-01-2017, 07:02 PM
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never owned a single thing made by Campy, but that Athena group is classy looking. way better choice than some carbon anachronism...

the blue/white Merckx with it is very, very nice...
i agree with sera pal. If I ever own a campy groupset, it would be Athena 11.
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Old 03-01-2017, 07:42 PM
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Old 03-01-2017, 08:28 PM
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Whatever you put please use a quill stem ok? And not the ones that welded with tig or mig ok?
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