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Old 02-14-2019, 09:30 PM
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Eddy Merckx MX Leader - Motorola threadless anniversary reissue

Jimmy from GSC took some sweet grams of my new whip.

All the goodies:
2005 MXL reissue frame 78/100, 57cm
DA 9000 / Ultegra 6800 group.
White Industries T11 hubs > CX-Rays > Archetype rims with 28c Vittoria Corsa G+.
Sim-Works seatpost.
Brooks Cambium C13.
Thomson X2 110mm stem.
Ritchey Classic handlebars.
Fizik tape.
King Iris cages.
Spurcycle bell.











Fits better than my old 58. Clears 28s. FD braze-on is lower, so front shifting with a compact crank is better.

I'd love a DA9K crank, but I'm really stoked for now.

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Old 02-14-2019, 09:35 PM
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Looks dashing my friend. Glad you are so stoked on it.
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:38 PM
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Dang, lookin' sharp and really like how it's built up aesthetically. If you ever feel less than stoked about that ride drop me a line ...
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:25 PM
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Love the build. That Simworks post looks nice... Besides the engraving, is there any difference from a Nitto S65?

And how’s the ride?
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:30 PM
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White Saddle?
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:34 PM
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White Saddle?
Maybe when the white C13s start getting cheaper. Plus if you’re gonna do black saddle/white tape, Motorola is the place.
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:34 PM
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Love the build. That Simworks post looks nice... Besides the engraving, is there any difference from a Nitto S65?

And how’s the ride?
I think they’re the same. I like the extra twee factor because I spend too much time on the Internet.
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:50 PM
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Damn, that is impressive my friend. My #1 of 2019 so far. Gonna be a tough one to de-throne, in my humble opinion.
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:23 AM
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Whoa. Could this be my favorite road bike of all time? It's in the top 10 for sure.
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Old 02-15-2019, 05:58 AM
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The MXL is within my top five out of about a hundred owned. Nice job with the build.
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:39 AM
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Is that the original fork? It looks like a threadless, but I wouldn't expect a bike from that period to have one.

Just curious because I want my threaded cockpit to look as clean as yours.
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Old 02-15-2019, 09:10 AM
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Is that the original fork? It looks like a threadless, but I wouldn't expect a bike from that period to have one.

Just curious because I want my threaded cockpit to look as clean as yours.
In the mid-aughts, Merckx did a final run of MX Leaders with 1” threadless forks. Just say no to conversions!
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:00 AM
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Just built up a 56. I'm afraid it's not nearly as handsome as yours but it rides like a champ. Enjoy it.
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Old 02-15-2019, 02:00 PM
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Gorgeous bike! And I'm quite impressed that 28mm tires on Archetypes will fit on an MX Leader.

Greg
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Old 02-15-2019, 02:21 PM
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Amazing.

We should really really get an LA ride going.
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