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Old 08-04-2016, 09:32 AM
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My '92 MX Leader (Motorola Team) takes a 27.0 seatpost. It came with a 27.2 but it was nearly impossible to get out. Even the 27.0 is tight. I have a Dura Ace gruppo on mine.
Interesting. When I pull the tabs open I can slide a 27.2 down the seat tube, but they pinch and won't let go. I'll definitely give a 27.0 a shot.
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Old 08-04-2016, 07:51 PM
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Just to add to the mystery of MXL leaders and seatpost size: my NOS replica Merckx won't hold a 27.2 - three different posts - all slipped. The lug is definitely ovalized at the top. A 27.4 fit, very tight but you could have crammed it in there, so the LBS reamed and honed out the tube to 27.4 and stuck that old, heavy Kalloy 27.4 post in. Tonight we'll see if how it works out.

I had the same problem with my 93 Merckx - Andreu's bike, and I've heard the team bikes were built for a 27.4 - (there was a Dura Ace post that size). And the certificate of authenticity says "the MX Leader frame is a structurally correct replica of the bicycles used by the Motorola Cycling Team circa 1990-1993." I just attribute it to sloppy tolerances on construction.

Anyway assuming 27.4 is what works I have a Thomson on order and this makes the decision to abandon the homage to the team bike in favor of a different look easier (and the setback on this bike is a lot; a zero post will probably work better anyway even if it offends the sensibilities of traditionalists (and I've still got the team bike for the tribute)).
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Old 08-04-2016, 08:56 PM
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Fascinating stuff. I am gonna try out icepick's 27.0 and probably snag a Thomson if it fits. I have a lead on a C13, so I'll need something that works with carbon rails.
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:35 PM
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My MX Leader was Michel Zanoli's Motorola Team bike. As I mentioned in this thread I am using a 27.0 seatpost because 27.2 is way too tight.

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I had the same problem with my 93 Merckx - Andreu's bike, and I've heard the team bikes were built for a 27.4 - (there was a Dura Ace post that size). And the certificate of authenticity says "the MX Leader frame is a structurally correct replica of the bicycles used by the Motorola Cycling Team circa 1990-1993." I just attribute it to sloppy tolerances on construction.
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Old 08-10-2016, 10:40 AM
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OP and I got this most of the way built up last night. Looking forward to some glamour shots.
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Old 08-10-2016, 02:51 PM
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Those logos are dirt nasty.
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:35 AM
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Build teaser. Borrowing a 27.0 Ritchey, but have a Thomson Elite seatpost coming in the mail. Next I will decide between the current (vintage-ish) Selle Italia Flite or a Brooks Cambium C13.


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Old 08-15-2016, 10:42 AM
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Old 08-16-2016, 09:54 AM
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Further intrigue - the 27.0 Ritchey needed two beer can shims to stay put, and the 27.0 Thomson barely fit.

First ride tonight. Trying the C13 to start.

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Old 08-16-2016, 10:25 AM
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Loving this, keep the pics coming.
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Old 08-16-2016, 01:23 PM
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Build teaser. Borrowing a 27.0 Ritchey, but have a Thomson Elite seatpost coming in the mail. Next I will decide between the current (vintage-ish) Selle Italia Flite or a Brooks Cambium C13.

Nice. I'm in the middle of putting one of these together, Shimano looks very right on there. I'm running silver alloy Campy Chorus/Centaur 10S with a full Nitto cockpit. Sweet bike.
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:17 PM
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First cruise tonight. Feels incredible. Still gotta tweak the derailleurs/shifting a bit.

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Old 08-16-2016, 10:43 PM
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That looks great! Love the green Open Paves.
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:43 PM
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Sweet.
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:44 PM
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Ooph, that looks sweet.
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