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Old 05-18-2018, 07:34 PM
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Merckx MX Leader -- Vlaanderen 2002 Team Bike

Not sure whether this belongs in custom bikes or production bikes, as it's a essentially custom production bike... more specifically, a Merckx MX Leader Vlaanderen 2002 Team bike, with custom Freuler geometry. Specs are as follows --

Seat tube is 61 cm c-to-c
Top tube is 60 cm c-to-c
Head tube is 20 cm t-to-b

The stock 61 cm MX Leader with century geometry has a 58.8 cm top tube and an 18.5 cm head tube. So this was tweaked for someone on that squad. Wonder who ?

It's in nice shape, has some paint touch-ups as expected and unfortunately has a small dent on the top tube. I'd try and fix the small dent, but can't see how without sacrificing the paint. Thinking about where I want to go with the build, it will either be period-correct, or neo-retro with a period look.

Forgive the pic quality -- Better ones to follow. Banana for yellow team bikes
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:31 PM
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Nice frameset. Can't wait to see this built up!
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:01 PM
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The big question... Campy or Shimano?

My MX Leader has worn both (10 speed Record, various combinations of 11 speed Ultegra/DA/105) and Shimano just feels right.
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:56 PM
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Old 05-19-2018, 08:05 PM
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The big question... Campy or Shimano?

My MX Leader has worn both (10 speed Record, various combinations of 11 speed Ultegra/DA/105) and Shimano just feels right.
Ha... Not sure but here are my 10 / 9 / 8 favorites right now.
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Old 05-20-2018, 02:23 AM
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Wow! Wouldn’t mind doing a seasonal exchange between this one and my Colnago Master when the time is right...

I vote for Chorus 10 - wait, was that an option?
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Old 05-20-2018, 08:25 AM
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I'm pretty much a Campagnolo guy, but that Dura Ace group would look very proper on this. Damn sweet bike!!!
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Old 05-23-2018, 05:38 PM
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That's my all time favourite livery. Congrats - I'm super duper jealous. Can't wait to see the build.
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:27 PM
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My vote is the 8v Shimano.
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Old 07-02-2018, 01:32 PM
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Incoming... sometimes when it rains it pours
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Old 07-02-2018, 02:53 PM
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Wow that black one is clean

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Old 07-03-2018, 12:10 PM
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Wow that black one is clean

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Thanks!

Yes, I gave it a polish and it cleaned up really nice. Very minimal paint damage on it, one very small dent on the down tube. Chrome doesn't have any pitting. Seems like it wasn't ridden much... and was kept out of the elements (no rule #9)

The Vlaanderen team bike on the other hand is, well, what you might expect from a team bike that was raced hard... (definitely #5 and #9)
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:20 PM
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Built up the black one ... still working on the cockpit but felt almost there on 30 mi shakedown ride...
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Old 10-23-2018, 05:04 PM
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Awesome ride!
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Old 10-25-2018, 05:06 PM
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Beautiful ride!
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