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Old 12-26-2019, 05:47 PM
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'95 Eddy Merckx Corsa 01 Team Vlaanderen

My winter project this year was to pick up a beater frame to replace my cracked frame on my long-time winter trainer. But this kept tugging at me and now I find myself with another build hung up that'll never go out in the rain. I already have several nice vintage steel retro-modern builds, but this is my first Merckx. On the other builds, I focused on keeping the look right, but also keeping the weight down in the 17-18 pound range - read vintage sleeper, carbon killers with a quill stem. But once I unpacked this beautiful near NOS frame, I decided the hell with weight, this thing has to look just right - no carbon, no black alloy bits. Got it here from tDot who was great to deal with, and generously passed along the georgeous Nitto Craft stem that works so well with the rest of the frame/fork. In the end it's 19.5 lbs with pedals and cage, and that's plenty light enough for me.

Here's the build:

1995 Merckx Corsa 01 frame, fork, Campy Veloce headset
DA 7900 DT shifters (these shift so nice..)
DA 7700 Crankset polished to a silver platter finish
DA 7800 FD, 7700 RD, 7800 cassette
DA 7700 brakes
Nitto craft stem 110 (stunning chrome)
3TTT Ergo Power Due bars
DiaCompe aero levers (had black levers, stipped & polished silver now!) NOS hoods
Ultegra 6500 BB
Ultegra 6600 post
Silver Kinlin 270 rims on silver 14/15 spokes, DA 7700 rear hub, BHS silver front
SLR XP saddle
Look Carbon (oops!) pedals

Will report back after the first ride, from what I've read these are great riding frames and rock solid descenders, and I expect this package will be a great riding bike. I still need to fine tune the fit, and plan to swap out the wide-ish 44 bars for 40-42 when I can find a nice silver set.
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Old 12-26-2019, 06:01 PM
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Wow! Fantastic build!! Enjoy!!


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Old 12-26-2019, 06:52 PM
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Beautiful frame and build! Good on you, no black bits! Looks great!
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Old 12-26-2019, 07:03 PM
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That.Is.Nice.
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Old 12-26-2019, 09:55 PM
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spectacular build. I had a very similar setup on an RB-1. There's really not much more you need in the road bike than this. Anything beyond that is just gilding the lily.
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Old 12-27-2019, 05:44 AM
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this was my first nice bike. Its fantastic and I miss it dearly. I wanted to buy this frame but just not the right time. enjoy it, this thing rides fantastic (also not a popular color but its one if not my favorite)
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Old 12-27-2019, 06:45 AM
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Boy, that turned out nice.

It was a good deal too!
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Old 12-27-2019, 10:13 AM
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From Emerxil - "EM Corsa 01 1995, Team Vlaanderen painting pattern - beautiful, well maintained... frame considered by many as the best steel EMC - some are lucky"
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Old 12-27-2019, 11:46 AM
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Clean lines, great looking bike! Enjoy it!
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Old 12-27-2019, 01:26 PM
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Old 12-27-2019, 01:40 PM
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Old 12-28-2019, 07:29 AM
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Sweet. I’ve always been a fan of that livery
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Old 12-31-2019, 05:45 PM
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How's the ride??
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Old 02-01-2020, 02:04 PM
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How's the ride??
Sorry for not following up. Between battling a new year's sickness on and off and mostly wet roads around here, had yet to take it out on the maiden voyage - till today!

All I can say is wowsers! This thing rips! Not sure how it compares to other Corsa with different tubing, but the ride on this is so smooth while still packing plenty of punch. It kept reminding me of a big block V8 - big, fast, powerful. Climbed my local hills plenty well, loafed up in big gears again kinda like a big V8 chugging up a long grade. Descended on rails. Super fun bike. Amazing performance for being 25 years old. Looking forward to getting in better shape this spring to better appreciate what it offers.

My only complaint was when I hit the first steep grade out of the saddle, the rear wheel slipped in the horz drops and I already had the release pretty darn tight. Had the same issue with the horz drops on my Moser. Will probably need to swap the rear skewer to older beefier DA to get more clamping power. May also try to file/notch the drive side drop out.
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Sorry for not following up. Between battling a new year's sickness on and off and mostly wet roads around here, had yet to take it out on the maiden voyage - till today!

All I can say is wowsers! This thing rips! Not sure how it compares to other Corsa with different tubing, but the ride on this is so smooth while still packing plenty of punch. It kept reminding me of a big block V8 - big, fast, powerful. Climbed my local hills plenty well, loafed up in big gears again kinda like a big V8 chugging up a long grade. Descended on rails. Super fun bike. Amazing performance for being 25 years old. Looking forward to getting in better shape this spring to better appreciate what it offers.

My only complaint was when I hit the first steep grade out of the saddle, the rear wheel slipped in the horz drops and I already had the release pretty darn tight. Had the same issue with the horz drops on my Moser. Will probably need to swap the rear skewer to older beefier DA to get more clamping power. May also try to file/notch the drive side drop out.
Beautiful!

FYI, definitely try an old DA skewer. I had a later model skewer (American Classic?) on my old MXL when I first put it together. It also slipped on the EM dropouts. It allowed the wheel to slip which put a nice rub mark on the inside of the chainstay of my nice, sparkly NOS frameset when I stood to crank up a hill. Doh! I replaced it with an old 7700 skewer and never had the issue again.

Enjoy the bike. You've done a wonderful job of putting it together. The Nitto stem is gorgeous and the polished 7700 crank looks fantastic!

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